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Major Bantams visit Notre Dame
Submitted By Kathy Powers on Monday, October 16, 2017
The Major Bantam Lakers enjoyed this past weekend visiting South Bend, Indiana and the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to compete against some of the best AAA teams in both the US and Canada at the STX Shootout. 

The weekend events opened Friday morning at the Ice Box with a victory over Team Wisconsin where the Lakers were able to score in bunches and skated away with a 6-1 victory. Goal scorers were Daigle, MacRobbie, Eurig and Tenhag notching his first goal as a Laker. McMann, Stecho and Melady each chipped in with 2 assists each while deVries and Gaylor added singles. Powers was active in the goal and turned away 34 of 35 shots. Friday afternoon was a much different story where the Laker team was pitted against a high powered Gentry Galaxy from Minnesota. The Lakers were stifled at every attempt to put one past the Galaxy goaltender.

Friday evening was certainly a highlight of the weekend for the young Laker team where they visited Compton Family Ice Complex on the campus of Notre Dame and the home of the Fighting Irish hockey team where the University of Denver Pioneers visited ND. The boys were treated to some high paced hockey action from start to finish and even a shootout where the Pioneers were able to sneak out a 3-2 victory in front of the ND home crowd.

Boston Jr Eagles were the next opponent on Saturday morning and after a slow start that saw the Lakers down 3-0 after the first, the Lakers turned up the intensity and held the Jr. Eagles to zero goals over the next two periods but came up short in a 3-1 loss. Ballantyne was the lone goal scorer with assists going to Hudson and Tenhag. Sedley and Lee both played a physical style of game from start to finish.

After some mid-afternoon team building activities the squad was ready to take on the Rochester Monarchs. A very evenly matched game saw back and forth action as the teams traded big hits, led by McIntosh and big shots at both ends of the ice. After getting down 3-0 the Lakers didn’t give up and battled back through the second and third periods with key faceoff wins by Dietz, but weren’t able to pull even and were defeated 3-2. Goal scorers were Daigle and Eurig. Jacklin was solid in net stopping 26 of 29 shots.

Finishing third in Pool D the Lakers were matched up against Little Caesars who ended up third in Pool A. Although the Lakers gave it everything they had, the high powered team from Detroit was too much for the Lakers to handle who controlled most of the game action and walked away with a 5-0 victory.

Topping off the weekend was a private tour the ND facility by team staff where the players got an up close and personal tour including the workout facilities, player lounge and of course the dressing room of the Fighting Irish hockey team.  The boys were very interested in how a NCAA Division 1 school operates not only from a hockey perspective but also academically.

The weekend surely opened the eyes of the boys to see and understand what could be future steps in their hockey careers.  Thanks goes out to the University of Notre Dame and the STX Shootout staff for hosting a very well organized event for all teams involved.

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