I can officially be said that the Beaches are on a roll. Last night the Beach Boys welcomed the 2nd place Peterborough Lakers to Ted Reeve looking to win their 4th straight game and continue to rise up the ranks this summer. Not only were the Beach Boys able to win four in a row, they now have 9 of a possible 10 points in their last five games going back to a 9-9 tie in Whitby. The team fell behind early but eventually righted the ship and prevailed 17-12.

The Beaches endured a slow start to the game with Peterborough coming fast out of the gate scoring the first three goals in the first 4 minutes. Garrett Lewis would score for the Beaches but Peterborough answered back only 45 seconds after. Goals from Jack Kelly and Aaron Forster brought the Beaches to within 1 goal but the Lakers added two more before the end of the period and the Beach Boys trailed 6-3 after one. Starting goalie Michael Lalani was replaced by Brayden Bell after the Lakers 6th goal and finished the game in net.

But like many games this season after a period that the team struggles it always seems that an intermission with head coach Glenn Clark changes everything. The second period was an onslaught of Beaches goals, outscoring the Laker 9-4 in the frame. Goals came fast and furious and in doubles as John St. John, Mitch Gustavsen and Anthony Joaquim all scored twice, while Kelly and Forster scored their second of the game and also Jordan Goddard getting in on the action. The Beaches led 12-10 after two periods of play.

The third period has consistently been the Beaches best period this summer and this game was no exception. Led by goalie Brayden Bell, the Beaches backend only gave up 2 goals in the period after allowing 10 in the first two. The offense just kept on rolling as Jack Kelly would get his first career Junior A hat-trick, Anthony Joaquim buried his 3rd and 4th goals of the game, while Jake Cook and Zach McCulligh scored lone markers. McCulligh’s goal was the first of the 5th years Junior A career.

With the win, the Beach Boys move into 5th place. But the team has little time to celebrate the victory as they host the Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday afternoon for a 3pm matinee game at the “Ted”.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) Anthony Joaquim – 4 goals and 1 assist.

2) Jack Kelly – 3 goals and 1 assist.

3) John St. John – 2 goals and 3 assists.

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