Sports Briefs – Monday, March 20, 2017

Bantam AE Cobras Drop A Pair

The Bantam AE Teksavvy Cobras have a difficult task ahead of them as they look to turn things around after a pair of tough losses over the weekend.

Cobras head coach Jason Bright says their opponents, the Brampton 45s, played “their best game of the season and started out of the gate really hard” in Game 3 of their championship series on Saturday.

The Cobras lost Saturday’s game 2-1 and then fell to the 45s again on Sunday 3-1 in another hard-fought game.

The 45s now lead the Cobras 5-3 in the series. The first team to 6 points wins the title.

Game 5 of the series is set for Friday, March 24 at 8:30pm in Tilbury.

If the Cobras win, they’ll play Sunday in Brampton. If the Cobras lose or tie, the 45s will win the championship.

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Mixed Result For AAA Cyclones

The Minor PeeWee AAA Chatham-Kent Cyclones won one and lost one over the weekend against the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.

Both of the games were very close, with only a single goal separating the two clubs.

The Chiefs topped the Cyclones 5-4 on Saturday, but the Cyclones answered back with a 4-3 win over Elgin-Middlesex Sunday.

The next game is Saturday, March 25 at 12:15pm at the Middlesex Centre Community Wellness & Recreation Centre.

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Chatham Thunder Wrap Up Perfect Season

The U-12 Victory Ford Chatham Thunder completed their regular season with a perfect 19-0 record thanks to a big win at Erickson Arena Sunday afternoon.

The St. Marys Snipers started strong, holding the Thunder to just a 3-2 lead through the first half of the game, but the Thunder roared back after the break, scoring six goals in a span of less than five minutes to put the game out of reach en route to a 10-4 final.

Myah Walters, Kate Thompson, and Julia Haggerty all scored three goals each for the Thunder in the win.

Goaltender Natalie Haggerty, who also looked solid in the game, has been stellar all year for the Thunder — allowing two goals or less in 15 of her 19 games and finishing with four shutouts.

The Thunder will play in the final regional tournament this coming weekend in London.

Their first game is at 12pm Friday, March 24 at the Western Fairground Arena.

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Pataki Earns CFL Combine Invite

Wallaceburg’s Jonah Pataki is heading to the CFL Combine.

He’s one of just five prospects who were selected to take part in the national showcase in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 23 after showing off his talents at the CFL’s Ontario Regional Combine in Toronto.

Pataki, who played running back for Queen’s University, registered the second-fastest shuttle time (4.23 seconds), the second-highest vertical (36 inches), and the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.84 seconds).