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Stratford Warriors blank Brantford Bandits to kick off second half – The Beacon Herald

Dec 1st, 2019

Brantford Bandits goalie Jukka Schotter gets his stick on a puck to stop it from crossing the goal line, but Stratfords Cole Melady would later score on the same play in the Warriors 7-0 win Friday night at Allman Arena. Cory Smith/The Beacon Herald

Moments after picking up his third shutout of the season, Stratford Warriors goaltender Rhett Kimmel talked about what the team needed to do to be successful as it kicked off the second half with a 7-0 win over Brantford.

I think weve done some really good things, he started. One of the things maybe we can work on together is playing for a full 60 (minutes), especially against the top teams, but overall Ive been pretty happy with the way weve been playing, especially this past stretch.

Stratford checked all the boxes Friday in front of 958 at Allman Arena. Clayton Lewis led the offensive onslaught with a hat trick and four points. Luke de Vries with his first junior goal Camden Daigle and Drew Welsch had a goal and assist apiece, while Cole Melady added a single marker. Sheldon Pryce had three assists, and Jacob Murray picked up a pair of helpers.

I think it shows if we play as a group and healthy bodies that we have, with that effort every game we can come out and be in the running for the same result, Kimmel said. I thought all throughout we had a good effort, and the stats will reflect that too, with the time on attack we had, the shots we gave up. Tonight was a perfect example of how we have to play coming up.

The Warriors benefitted from the return of Malcolm McLeod, Mitchell Casey, Jacob Murray and Callan Christner from injury or suspension. McLeod and Casey, in particular, solidified a blue-line that helped hold the Bandits to just 18 shots.

(The defence) helped me a ton tonight, Kimmel said. Bad rebounds, they clear them out. Im out of position, they block a shot, so overall its a great team win, and I owe them one.

Kimmel joined Stratford after two seasons in Elmira and has fit in well alongside Tyler Parr.

Everyone is tight and theres no cliques, he said. Its just great to be in there, and its a good atmosphere overall.

On the ice, the 19 year old from Baden entered Fridays game with a 2.59 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 13 games (12 starts).

I havent been the greatest this first half, especially against the top teams where I need to be a little better, he said, but moving forward with the healthy bodies and all of us working together, Ill be looking to pull my weight.

NOTES: Stratford D Alex Grant and F Zac McCann are sidelines with injuries The Warriors this week dealt F Kyle Kuznik to St. Marys, while F Jake Ertel was sent to the Provincial Junior Hockey Leagues Ayr Centennials Stratford went 3-for-3 on the power play against the Bandits league-worst penalty kill Brantford goalie Jukka Schotter made 24 saves, including an acrobatic stick stop on Melady late in the third period before the Stratford forward poked the loose puck into the net Next: The Warriors are in Cambridge Saturday night.

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