By Lonny Lovins
There was a lot of action today as we welcomed our Pros into the building, and figured out the divisions for our platinum youngsters. Most of it was amazing, some of it was a little shaky, in the end all of it led us to the point we will see tomorrow.
Our PeeWees rolled out this morning to finish their round robin games. The Roadrunner 99′s outplayed an over aggressive Bad News bears team to put themselves in a position to take 4th place in the division. The class of the division was the Rollin Hogs, they easily took care of the their final two games to secure the 1st seed. The Roadrunner 98′s had a tough schedule and went for a big win against the Detroit Stars to try and avoid playing the younger 99′s in the playoffs. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, as they pulled the goalie and lost the game which put them in the 4v5 game. This left the Detroit Stars at #2 and the Tour Oakville Coyotes at #3.
In the Playoffs, the Roadrunner 98′s, who had handled the 99′s earlier in the day found themselves against an overpowering Honeybaked Rollin Hogs team. The Roadrunners played as strong as they could staying within 1 goal of the Rollin Hogs until about 4 minutes left in the game. At that point the Rollin Hogs took control and scored a couple unanswered to secure their spot in the final. The other semi-final game pitted the Detroit Stars against the Tour Oakville Coyotes. This game was a nail biter as both teams held each other to limited chances early. Later in the game it opened up a bit as the teams wanted to put something together. The Stars ended up getting the better of the Coyotes as they held on to win 5-3.
Bantam Platinum playoffs commenced today as well. For the play in game of the bantam platinum playoff we had the Roadrunner 96′s playing against Alkali RPD. RPD, who felt they should have been in the playoffs from the get go, took it to the Roadrunners winning 7-2. RPD ran into a wall in the semi-final against their brethren from Alkali Max. The Max led early and held on to beat the RPD by a score of 5-1. In our best game of the Bantams, we had the Red Deer Jets playing against the Reebok/ BTM. The BTM team played strong the entire tournament even without their big guns showing up. They took a 3-2 lead into the 2nd period, and held onto it late as the Jets threw a ton of action at the net, but it was to no avail. Our final will feature the Alkali Max against the Reebok BTM. It should be a fantastic game.
We also had two finals today. Both our midgets and our squirt platinum teams played for the big cup. The squirt game was an amazing show of facing adversity and moving forward. The Reebok 2000′s found themselves down early in the game, but they wouldn’t say die as they would tie it up quickly. The game would go back and forth and end in the 1st period tied 3 to 3. Oakville would prove to be too strong as they would roll off 3 straight goals on the back of their stud #89. They would win the game 6-3 and take the cup.
Our midget platinum final was one for the ages. The Mississauga Rattlers Black played against Black Ice. I had the pleasure of watching this game from the expensive seats. (On the bench.) Both of the goalies in this game played out of their minds. As with all great games though, the true story was about one player stepping up when his team needs him the most. #41 from the Rattlers, scored a beauty late in the first to get the Rattlers on the board after a scoreless most of the1st period. For Black Ice #16 tied the game on the powerplay when one of the Renouf brothers were sitting in the box. Sorry for the ambiguity, but they are twins, and I don’t want to call them out. The game played out much the way the first period did, until late in the game when Black Ice got caught on a 2 on 1 and #41 buried a one timer with a minute and seven seconds left. Black Ice would pull the goalie and get a ton of chances, including what looked like a gimmie. The gimmie turned out to be a beautiful save that would rob Black Ice of the goal and the championship. The final score, Rattlers 2, Black Ice 1.
Pro skills went off with a bang today. There were a lot of great moves, but even better goalie play. We also crowned a new fasted skater. Neilson has been holding strong the last 3 years, but he caught a bad wheel early in his final, and it was too much to over come as Jon Jon Seimer skated hard and won the belt. John Schiavo dazzled us in the sniper competition until the final round when he met up with Tom McCollum who refused to give up any goals it seemed. McCollum would stone Schiavo and Liam Kerins from the Rattlers would score his final shot to take the sniper competition. McCollum would win the goalie belt, and our skills would be decided.
More on the Pro games tomorrow!