Oct 31, 2014, 5:23 pm
By Bll Freeman, EMC October 30, 2014
The Norwood Midget AE Hornets notched three wins to start their 2014-2015 season knocking off the Ennismore Eagles once and the Campbellford Colts twice.
Norwood got a hat trick fom Cody Barrons in its 6-4 win over the Eagles. The Hornets jumped out to a strong 4-0 lead then withstood an Ennismore rally in the second period that was fuelled by a pair of powerplay goals and an early goal to start the third period which cut the lead to 4-3. Barrons' third goal nine seconds later gave Norwood a two-goal cushion but the Eagles kept the pressure on and notched a third powerplay goal at the 6:20 mark to move to within one goal at 5-4.
Brad Smale, from Eric Sicker and Barrons put the game on ice with 2:30 left in the third.
Also scoring for Norwood were Kierian Jordan and Cole Woodcock. Picking up two assists each were Sicker and Barrons with single helpers going to Brandon Kerber, Jacob MacDonald, Zachary Smith and Smale.
The Hornets and Colts skated through a scoreless first period before Sicker, from Smale and Barrons, ripped in a powerplay goal to start the second period. The Hornets' MacDonald added another powerplay goal 20 seconds later with assists going to Woodcock and Kerber.
Norwood went in front 3-0 with Smith picking up the team's third powerplay goal of the night at the 6:45 mark of the third. Notching assists were Brandon Forsyth and Tyler Barrons.
Midget AE coach Greg Hartwick lauded the team's "very strong game" and noted the importance of special teams and the stellar goaltending of Nick Connelly who recorded the shutout. Hartwick says the team still needs to stay out of the penalty box to keep the offensive "flow" going.
Hartwick said the Hornets "may have stolen" a 3-1 win from the Colts as they survived two listless periods of hockey and trailed 1-0 on a later second periond Campbellford goal.
An unassisted goal by Barrons at the 9:48 mark of the third evened the scored. Norwood took the lead 2:12 later on a goal by Brandon Hischer with Mitchell Rogers assisting. They wrapped up the scoring shorthanded with Barrons putting the puck in the net with four seconds to play.