By Mike Vickerman
The Tour Bordercats99’s upset the Oakville Coyotes in the their semi final game by a score of six to five, and the Wheels of Anarchy got passed the Warriors to set up our Squirt Championship.
Anarchy’s Dante Sherrif scored 3 goals, and Daniel Berno added three as well to take home the gold.
In the Pee Wee quarter final the Tour Bordercat’ 97’s beat Tour X, but would fall to Mississauga in the next round. The Rollin Hogs Rolled over the LSW Fury which set up for an unbelievable championship game.
It started out looking like Mississauga was going to take the Gold pretty easily with a two to zero lead for most of the first period. That is until Dylan St. Cyr would get one passed Mississauga goalie Chris Boen to get the Hogs on the board.
Noah Lalonde scored just two minutes into the second to tie it up two to two. From there the teams would exchange goals and would be tied at four until the 16:59 mark. Dylan St. Cyr tipped a shot taken by Ryan Moore for the go ahead goal and that’s how it stayed. Rollin Hogs take Gold five to four.
The Bantam division would be the biggest of the tournament, hosting ten teams. In the round robin play Mission Coast 2 Coast 96’s beat out the Alkali Michigan team for the first seed, while the Mississauga Rattlers squeezed out the St. Louis Mavericks for the third seed.
In the quarterfinals Mississauga beat the Bordercat 95’s and the 6th seed Tour 95’s upset the St. Louis Mavericks by a score of six to two.
Coast 2 Coast got passed Tour X in their semi final game, and the Rattlers from Mississauga beat Alkali Michigan by a score of three to one.
That would be the set up for another close exciting final between Coast 2 Coast and the Rattlers.
Aidan Board put the Rattlers on top right off the bat with a sweet feed from Andrew Oosterveld. Eight minutes later Michael Curtis would dish it off to Jonathan Waring from Coast 2 Coast and that would make it a tie game. The score would remain that way until Anthony Lerrette got called with an interference penalty and Andrew Oosterveld would capitalize on the power play. With just eighteen seconds left Oosterveld would get a feed across the crease from Aldan Board and secure Gold for the Rattlers by a score of three to one.
The fourth place Coast 2 Coast defeated the third place Tour Bordercat’s in their semi final game that went into a shoot out. Coast 2 Coast would move onto the Semi’s but that’s as far as they would go. The Alkali Fusion FTB won by a score of seven to two and faced the Mississauga Rattlers for the championship. At the end of the second period in the championship game it was tied at two, but then Mississauga turned it on and scored just forty seconds into the second, and then again four and a half minutes later. Alkali would pull with in one but couldn’t get any closer.
In the Junior division The Alkali Fusion FTB took on the Tour Bordercat’s for the championship. Alkali came out on fire and scored four goals in the first five minutes. The Bordercat’s came storming back and would get three goals before the end of the first. When the puck dropped at the start of the second period, the Bordercat’s continued on their road to Gold and scored five more with a final of eight to four.
The Silver/Bronze division would see seven teams and after round robin play the division then split. The BC Veterans beat out the Blades of steel seven to five in the their semi, and faced off against the Tour Bordercat’s in the final, which the Bordercats would win by a score of ten to five.
In the Silver semi the Detroit Dynamo took out the Guardian Alarm five to four, but then fell to Team Dean Kmieclk five to three and had to settle for a silver medal as Team Dean took the Gold.
Alkali Fusion FTB upset the Tour Bordercat’s in the Pro semi final game in overtime by a score of five to four, and the Detroit Mission Stars edged out Athletic Edge Nutrition, six to three. In the Championship it was the Alkali Fusion that had a little more energy and beat the Stars by a score of four to one.
In closing, there were a ton of talented teams at this regional and some unbelievable games. Every team was at the Gold or Platinum level and feel that they would represent the Detroit area nicely in San Jose.