Peewee 99ers even record at provincials

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The Brantford Minor Hockey Association’s peewee AAA 99ers evened their record at the Ontario Hockey Federation championship on Wednesday in Ottawa.

Facing the Thunder Bay Kings, Brantford threw a barrage of shots at its opponent as it skated away with a 3-2 victory.

The win evened Brantford’s record at 2-2.

Through four of its six preliminary games, the 99ers were sitting third in the seven-team tournament.

Brantford wound up outshooting Thunder Bay 34-11 but it took a late goal to secure the victory.

After the two teams exchanged goals in the first and second periods – Marek Vanacker and Lucas Karmiris scored for the 99ers – Jaivyn Stewart notched the game winner just before the midway point of the third.

Gabe Chiarot picked up a pair of assists in the game, while Karmiris and Vanacker each got an assist to record two-point games.

Brantford had to kill off a late penalty to end the game.

Landon Terrebroodt earned the win in goal for the 99ers.

After winning its first game of the tournament on Monday, 6-1, over Nickel City Sons, Brantford was edged twice by a goal in its next games.

In its first game Tuesday, the 99ers lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Jr. 67s. Later on Tuesday, hosts Ottawa Myers slipped by Brantford 4-3.

After falling behind 2-0 to Ottawa Myers, the 99ers went ahead 3-2 in the second period on goals from Chiarot, Karmiris and Cruz General. The last two tallies came on the power play.

But, before the third period started, the 99ers fell behind 4-3 and couldn’t rebound.

General had a fabulous game with a goal and two assists, while Karmiris continued to shine offensively with his third goal of the tournament.

Through the tournament’s first four games, Karmiris was the only player from a team other than the first-place Mississauga Senators to be among the top-five scoring leaders.

With four goals and four assists, Karmiris trailed Mississauga’s William Moore (4G, 6A) and Carter Lowe (3G, 6A) and was tied with Malcolm Spence (5G, 3A) for third.

Justin Huynh (2G, 5A) of the Senators was right behind Karimiris with Vanacker (3G, 3A) tied for sixth.

With the top-four teams at the tournament advancing to the playoffs on Friday, Brantford will be seeking a couple of wins on Thursday to secure its spot.

The 99ers start the day at 8 a.m. against the Mississauga Senators, who were undefeated at 4-0, and then finish things with a 2 p.m. game against the Markham Waxers, who were 1-2-1.

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