OHL Cup News - Congratulations to Matt Spencer of the Midget AAA Oakville Rangers, named OMHA player of the year!
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the six recipients of Minor Hockey Player of the Year Awards
for players representing the four Ontario Hockey Federation Member Partners including the ALLIANCE, Greater Toronto
Hockey League, Northern Ontario Hockey Association, and Ontario Minor Hockey Association, along with Hockey
Northwestern Ontario and the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association.
Five of the six winners are currently competing at the 2013 OHL Cup and include Travis Konecny of the Elgin-Middlesex
Chiefs named ALLIANCE Player of the Year, Dylan Strome of the Toronto Marlboros named GTHL Player of the Year,
Zach Grzelewski of the Thunder Bay Kings named HNO Player of the Year, Blake Speers of the Sault Thunder named
NOHA Player of the Year, Andrew Peski of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s named OEMHL Player of the Year, and Matt Spencer of the
Oakville Rangers was named OMHA Player of the Year.
“Congratulations to all six award winners and to their proud families, coaches, and teammates for a tremendous hockey
season,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Players are the most important part of our game and it is important to
recognize the achievements of these great players.”
Konecny, a 5’10’’, 165lb forward, scored 53 goals and 61 assists for 114 points in 54 games played this season for the
ALLIANCE Champion Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.
Strome, at 6’2’’, and 165lb, is a forward who scored 65 goals and 78 assists for 143 points in 60 games played with the
GTHL Champion Toronto Marlboros.
Grzelewski, a 5’11’’, 190lb forward with the Thunder Bay Kings collected 80 points in 50 games played scoring 38 goals
and 42 assists.
Speers, a 5’10’’, 160lb forward with the Sault Thunder of the NOHA scored 43 goals and 70 assists for 113 points in 61
Peski, a 6’0’’, 180lb defenceman with the Ottawa Jr. 67’s had three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 30 games played.
Spencer, at 6’2’’ and 190lb, plays defence for the OMHA Champion Oakville Rangers where he scored 17 goals and 39
assists for 56 points in 71 games.
The awards were presented at the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Banquet for the third straight year recognizing the
achievements of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario. The awards are presented annually to honour the
minor midget players who best exemplify outstanding ability and the qualities of sportsmanship and leadership as voted by
the minor hockey coaches, managers and organizations of each respective league.
The Minor Bantam AAA Rangers went undefeated, going 5-0 at the SCTA playoffs in Owen Sound over the weekend. They beat Niagara North 5-2 in their divisional pool final to advance to the OMHA finals next week. The boys have shown excellent “Team Play” and look forward to the final championship series, hosted in Belleville, March 15-17.
Back Row (Left to Right)
Gerry Hackett (Ass Coach), Kevin Gordon (Head Coach) , #27 K. Kennery, # 60 Z. Landau, #63 S. Richardson, #2 E. Bouchard, # 51 C. Purboo, # 28 B. Corbeth, #66 J. Hiebert, Steve Hayes (Ass Coach)
Middle Row (Left to Right)
# 15 L. Kealey, #4 J. Gill, #89 M. Angus
Front Row (Left to Right)
#14 D. Garcia, #35 K. Salmon, #19 J. Ricketts, #13 R. Giunta, #5 J. Gower, #1 J. Grebenc
#10 A. Nowoselski (Absent due to injury)
MOHA Midget MD Teams Face Off for the Championship Game in NY!
Two Oakville Midget MD teams played in the Gene Harrington Niagara Falls Classic Hockey Tournament in Niagara Falls, New York March 1 to 3rd. After both teams were undefeated in their games, they faced each other in the Championship Game. The Rockstar Motorsports Pounders were the tournament Champions, and National Bank Reds were a close second. The Oakville teams are pictured here together after playing a great game. Congratulations to both teams!
Oakville Sting Take Gold in New York
The Oakville Sting MD Bantam won the Gene Harrington Falls Classic Hockey Tournament last weekend (March 1-3) in Niagara New York by defeating the Aurora Tigers 4-0 in the finals to win gold. The Sting came out strong beating the Amherst Knights 6-0 followed by their second win 5-1 against the Niagara County Coyotes earning them a spot in the semi-finals where they won 6-1. In the final game on Sunday,
the Sting faced the Aurora Tigers winning 4-0. A great team effort of passing, fore checking and solid defence allowed the Sting to score 21 goals with only 2 goals against in 4 games.
The Oakville Sting are: (back row) Assistant Coach – Derek Myers, Jake Myers, Brad Coulter, Darryl Young, Charles Brenninkmeijer, Cal MacDonald, Luca Imbrogno, Trainer – Will Moore, Head Coach - John Allore, (middle row) Nicholas Malpage, Robert Allore, Ryan Collins, Brett Goold (Minor Bantam AP), Liam Moore, Justin McKenna, (front) Chris Yates. (Missing players - Will Gale, Mark VanHees, Minor Bantam AP’s - Boston Morrison and Braeden Webber)
OAKVILLE BLUES DOMINATE AT THE Stoney Creek Select Winterfest 2013
The Oakville Blues (Atom Red Division) displayed a full team effort in winning the 10th Annual Stoney Creek Select Winterfest Tournament this past weekend.
On Friday, February 22nd the Blues played two games. The first winning against the Ajax Knights with a score of 6-0 followed by a win over the Thornhill Rebels with a score of 4-1. Securing these two wins gave the Blues a bye for Saturday and an automatic berth in the semi-finals on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Under strict orders to “rest up” on Saturday the boys were well positioned to take on the Amesbury Avalanche who they beat 5-0 on Sunday morning. The Championship game took place Sunday afternoon. The Blues were able to hold off the Jordan Lions, who had pulled their goalie in the last minute of play in order to have an extra attacker, with a victory of 3-2. As usual, Cameron Patterson was a force between the pipes for the Blues!
Congratulations to the team consisting of:
Connor Melber, Tyler McCready, Christopher Snook, Scott Armes, Owen Oliveira, Jake Logan, Will Conn, Lucas Brenninkmeijer, Evan Lambert, Blake Kinch, Aidan Murray, Marshall Williams, Brandon Van Laare, Charlie Langlois, Andrew Clements, Cameron Patterson
and to the coaching staff of:
Bob Langlois, Kelly Curry, Keith Lambert, Brent Van Laare and Mark Snook (Manager)
The boys would like to say a big thanks to their families and friends who cheered loudly throughout the festivities and have supported them all season long.
Go Blues Go!
February 8th Winter Storm no match for the Oakville GLADIATORS, Dofasco Select Tournament Undefeated Champions! Southern Ontario was hit with whiteout conditions and over 30 cm of snow. Schools were closed, Pearson Airport canceled all of its flights for the day; cars traveled no faster than 40km/hr on the snow covered highways. That didn’t stop Oakville’sGLADIATORS (Atom Red) from making their way into Hamilton and becoming Dofasco Select Tournament Champions.
The Gladiator's claimed the championship with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Dofasco Steelhawks in the final. Patrick Dubreuil had the first goal of the game John-Wesley Appleton scored the game winner and Connor Calvert provided the team with a much-needed empty-netter insurance goal. Jackson Roode was spectacular in net, never allowing more than 1 goal per game in all 5 of the Gladiator’s games.
In Round-Robin games, the Gladiators defeated the Ancaster Avalanche 2-1, goals by Adam Rostom and Cole Webster. They beat the Mountain Blues by a score of 3-1, Gabriel Vincent scored twice, Cole Webster also scored. The Gladiators dominated in their game against the Brantford 99ers, easily winning by a score of 5-1. Goals for that game came courtesy of John-Wesley Appleton, Cole Webster, Adam Rostom, Zachary Lazenkas, and Patrick Dubreuil.
In the semi finals, the Gladiators easily defeated the Burlington Bulldogs 5-1. Samuel Armstrong opened the scoring with a hat trick! Cole Webster and Brendan McKerrow also scored.
Other contributors to the title were Aidan Fishwick, Michael Bowman, Evan Smyth, Ben Spence, and Lance Lusterio. Special thanks to our sponsor Samuel, Son &Co and to our head coach Alain Armstrong, assistant coaches, Robert Lazenkas, and Paul Dwyer, and trainers Jason Calvert and Nicole McKerrow.
Minor Bantam White Spartans Take Bradford Bulldogs Title!!
The Oakville Minor Bantam White Spartans were victorious in the recent Bradford Bulldogs
Blue and Gold Classic, held December 7th-9th.
The team sponsored by Chimera Swiss Turn and Everything In Control Inc., went through the tournament undefeated with an overall record of 3 wins and one tie, scoring a total of 15 goals
and allowing 8.
On Sunday they played a tough Waterloo team, and took the Championship with a 3-2 victory.
Team members include: Adam Ashley, Christopher Avery, Brad Barrick, Andrew Collett,
Zach Dera, Joshua Durbin, Luke Grandy, Dominic Johnson, Nicholas King,
Darren Kocken, Mohit Kapur, Michael Merrick, Logan Pereira, Harrison Reimer,
Robbie Venerus, and Noah Young.
The team is coached by, Michael King, Brian Grandy, Lou Venerus and Andrew Merrick.
Well done Spartans!!!
Minor Bantam White Cobras take the win at the SHA House League Select
The Scarborough Hockey Association recently hosted a house league select tournament the weekend of Feb 8th-10th. The Minor Bantam White Cobras faced Select teams from St. Catharines (forfeit), West Hill and Etobicoke with 2 wins and a tie and headed into the Sunday finals against West Hill. There, the Cobras redeemed their earlier tie with a 4-2 win and took the tournament title.
Players included: Jamie Phippen, Dennis Hanlon, Mitchell Lowe, Daniel Aziz, Jack Quinlan, Mark Romano, Thomas Newman, Mitchell Horton, Justin Reynolds, Daniel Toneguzzi, Taylor Marcos, Josh Stubbert, Jeff Humphreys, Oliver Stasiulis, Justin Benoit and Strah Sukiban (absent). Team is lead by Head Coach Vern Lowe, Assistant Coach Linas Stasiulis and Assistant Coach and Trainer Steven Johnson.
Congratulations Cobras – great job!!
Oakville Rangers Minor Midget A Team Wins International Silver Stick!
Arguably the most prestigious tournament in Boy’s Rep Hockey is the International Silver Stick. Over 100 teams at the Minor Midget level from across North America participated in 12 regional qualifying tournaments in the hopes of advancing to the International Final in Newmarket. The Oakville Rangers Minor Midget A team began their quest for the Silver Stick at the Woodstock Regional qualifying tournament in early November 2012. After losing the first game of the tournament to St. Catharines, 2 to 1, the Rangers battled their way back with consecutive victories over the London Bandits, Cambridge Hawks and Amherstberg Stars. The Rangers reached the regional finals where they faced a very strong Brantford 99ers team. The Rangers played with a relentless attack that resulted in them winning 5 to 2 over the 99rs. The Rangers win over Brantford qualified them for the International Silver Stick finals in early January 2013. But the win did come at a severe cost. Defenceman Brett Switzer suffered a broken elbow in the final game and was going to be out of action for a minimum 8 weeks. The Rangers were already without forward Craig Cook who suffered a broken wrist prior to the tournament.
The Rangers first test in the Newmarket International Silver Stick was against the number one rated Minor Midget A team in the USA, the Arapahoe Warriors from Colorado. The only information the Rangers knew about the Warriors is they consisted of boys born in both 1996 and 1997 giving the Warriors a slight size advantage. The Rangers defeated Arapahoe 5 to 3 with two of the goals coming from their assistant captain, Luke Roy. Other goals came from Mitchell Jeffrey, Craig Cook and assistant captain, Vincent Reale. The Rangers next test was the Toronto Avalanche. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 4 to 3 back in September in a preseason tournament. The Rangers wanted to avenge that previous loss and thanks to two goal efforts from both Matt McLachlin and Matthew Perruzza, the Rangers pulled out a 7 to 3 win. Other goals came from captain Aidan Challis, Tyler Bowie and Vincent Reale. Next was the North York Knights, another highly rated GTHL team. The Rangers found themselves in penalty trouble in this game but thanks to the great goaltending of Ryan Bell and the two-goal effort by Thomas Law and a single by Chris Boushy on a nice set up by Logan MacNeil and James Brett, the Rangers won 3 to 1. In the quarterfinals the Rangers playeded against an energetic Fresno Monsters team from California. Goals by Spencer Douglas and Aidan Challis resulted in a 2 to 0 victory. In the semi finals the Rangers played a solid and well-coached team from Ayr, Ontario. Patrick O’Brien got the Rangers first goal. The game was tied 1 to 1 until late in the third period when assistant captain Luke Roy deflected a low hard shot by Alex Sweett that resulted in the Rangers winning 2 to 1. The finals was a rematch against the Toronto Avalanche. The Avalanche came out of the gate with a furious attack. Ranger’s goalie, Matthew Rusak made some remarkable saves and held back the initial Avalanche attack. Thomas Law scored the first goal of the game and with the score 2 to 1 midway through the 3rd period, Thomas netted another goal to give the Rangers a 3 to 1 hard fought victory. Matt McLachlin scored the Rangers other goal. The Minor Midget A Oakville Rangers were crowned International Silver Stick Champions and will have their team name inscribed on a Champions Plaque and put on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame for one year. The team includes goalies Ryan Bell & Matthew Rusak, defenceman Spencer Douglas, James Brett, Alex Sweett, Vincent Reale, Tyler Bowie, Brett Switzer and Patrick O’Brien. Forwards include Craig Cook, Aidan Challis, Luke Roy, Mitchell Jeffrey, Logan MacNeil, Thomas Law, Matthew Perruzza, Matt McLachlin, & Chris Boushy. The Rangers are coached by Stephen Sweett, Assistant Coaches Graeme Bowie, Justin Bowie, Brian Rusak, Trainer Cort Challis & Team Manager Lenka Rusak. Congratulations Boys!
Neil Barker Thunder Classic 2013- January 18-20th.
This past weekend all the MOHA Minor Bantam White Division teams headed to London, Ontario to participate in the Neil Barker Thunder Classic 2013. All teams gave an extraordinary effort, demonstrating good sportsmanship, representing the City of Oakville with honour and pride.
The Oakville Spartans won each of their games in the preliminary round: 3-0, 3-0 and 7-0. Bringing them into the semi-finals against the Oakville Thunderhawks.
After 30 mins of regulation play the score was tied 2-2. Next ensued 5 mins of sudden death overtime which settled nothing. All that was left was the shootout. It took 4 rounds for the Spartans to score the only goal in the shootout to win 3-2 and book themselves a spot in the championship game.
The Oakville Blades won each of their games in the preliminary round: 4-1, 5-1, and 3-1. They met with the LMHA27 team in the semi-finals. The boys from London had come to play and jumped to an early 2-0 lead over the Blades. However, the boys from Oakville would not be denied notching 4 unanswered goals to defeat LMHA27 4-2 and earned themselves a date with the Spartans in the championship game.
The championship game featured two Oakville teams: Spartans vs. Blades. In an incredibly well played game, by both sides, the Blades were victorious in a 3-0 shutout win.
Justin Daniel - Assist. Captain ,Joel Hayes - Goalie, Spencer Festeryga
Matthew Popowycz - Assist. Captain, Vasily Fedotov, Nathan Dushnisky, Andrew Owen , Austin Fishwick, Ryan Key, Kyle O'Neil
Derrick Fishwick - Assist Coach, Kyle Fitzgerald, Christopher Barbisan, Andrew Damrell - Trainer, Tyler Menezes, David Ribble, Mark Salveta, Kyle Damrell - Captain, Mike Salveta - Assist. Coach, Peter Popowycz - Head Coach
The Blades coaching staff are:
Head Coach: Peter Popowycz, Assistant Coaches: Mike Salveta, Derrick Fishwick, Trainer: Andrew Damrell, Team Manager: Jennifer Popowycz
Oakville Minor Bantam MD Phantoms won the Bradford Blue and Gold Jauary 27, 2013, great job boys!
Time was winding down in the third period of the Oakville Rangers minor midget AAA team's preliminary round game against the Soo Thunder at the recent Peterborough Midget AAA Tournament of Champions. They were trailing 1-0 and captain Matt Spencer said the team was "playing with desperation."
"We knew a loss would probably eliminate us from the playoff round so we had to do something, get some shots and crash the net," said Spencer. With goalie Brendan McGlynn pulled and the Soo a man short the Rangers worked the puck back to Spencer at the point. His low hard shot through traffic somehow found the back of the net with 2.5 seconds left and the Rangers salvaged a 1-1 tie.
That result was key as the team finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with two wins (3-1 over the Toronto Red Wings, 3-1 over the Clarington Toros) and two ties (1-1 against the Soo, 2-2 against the Ottawa Senators) to set up a semifinal tilt against the Barrie Colts, who had gone 4-0 in their pool.
Mark Bzowey led the way with two goals against Barrie and Jesse Barwell and Adam Craievich added singles in the 4-1 win, setting up the tournament final against league rivals the Grey-Bruce Highlanders.
The close-checking game remained scoreless after two periods until Barwell struck early in the third when he pounced on a loose puck in front of the Grey-Bruce net. Kyle Capobianco's point shot through a screen minutes later gave them a 2-0 lead and they never looked back. Grey-Bruce scored to make it close but the Rangers shut them down the rest of the way for a 2-1 win and their first tournament title of the season.
Coach Duncan Harvey on his team's play. "It was a great weekend. All the boys showed great character with some impressive comeback wins in a tourney which featured some of the top teams in the province.”
Spencer was named tournament MVP and credited his teammates: “Everyone played exceptionally well and I was honoured to be singled out by the organizers for the award,” adding that after three strong tournament showings earlier in the year, “it was our time to win.”
Harvey is looking forward to an exciting end to the season with league playoffs and the OHL Cup, a key tournament for minor midget teams. The Rangers will also take part in Hockey Day in Oakville on Feb.9 with a game at Sixteen Mile Creek against the Southern Tier Admirals, prior to an Oakville Blades game.
Members of the team are goaltenders Adrian Clark and Brendan McGlynn, defencemen Spencer, Capobianco, Anthony Baxter, Andrew Burns, Zack Dybowski and Troy Henley and forwards Barwell, Bzowey, Craievich, Cole Buchan, Cody Petawabano, Blake LeVarno, Brett McKenzie, Sean Kohler and Matt Luff. Duncan Harvey and Bruce Robertson are the coaches and Caitlyn Harvey is the trainer.
Our team is the Oakville Flyers. Tyke Red. We played in the 25 th annual Art Coombs memorial tournament in Paris Ontario. It was a one day event January 6 th at the Brant Center in Paris.
Our team had a sweep. Won their first two games and finished off with a win in the championship game.
It was a long day for the boys with three games.
Game 1 was Oakville Flyers VS New Hamburg 10-0 win Game 2 was Oakville Flyers VS Lincoln Senators. 21 -0 win Game 3 was Oakville Flyers VS Twin Centre 9-1 win Tournament Championship Game.
2 - Ethan Bencich, 5 - Ryan Choi, 8 - Kyle Kozak, 9- Zachary Wright, 15 - Brady Stewart, 17 - Edward Skanes, 3 - Andrew Thomson, 7 - Riley Gawronski, 10 - Rylee Kogon, 13 - William Callaghan, 14 - Joseph Moszcelt, 4 - Sebastian Romano, 6 - Alex Delvecchio, 11 - Justin Ruddell, 12- Oliver Perry( Goalie ), 16 - Willem O'Reilley
Head Coach Phil Gawronski, Asssistant Coach Eddie Choi, Assistant Coach Paul Kogon, Assistant Coach Livio Bencich
Champions International Silver Stick Finals – Atom A and Atom AA Rangers
In Sarnia, ON Jan 18-20, 2013.
The presentation of the Silver Stick to the team was the Actual Silver Stick from the Hockey Hall of Fame – which is a very rare occurrence. Apparently, this is the third time it has been taken out. It has also been 55 yrs since two teams from the same center have won the International finals. Both levels in this tournament had the top teams from Ontario and the U.S – It was tough competition.
Red bank Generals 4 – 1 win
Grand Rapids Griffins 3- 3 tie
London Jr. knights 4 – 3 win
Nickel City Rebels 5-4 Win ( semi's)
Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 Win ( championship)
Players are: Adam Clark, Adam Zedor, Aidan O’Sullivan, Christian Pelley, Christopher Parsons, Colin Flurey, Dawson Maloney, Jacob Caravaggio, James Passafiume, Jamie Langill, Liam Mahoney, Matthew Jenner, Owen Sage, Riley Horton, Ryan Brown, Ryan Jeffrey, Tyler Ford
Head Coach – Aaron Mahoney, Asst Coach – Al Clark, Asst Coach – Chris Brown, Trainer – Dave Langill, Manager – Stanley Caravaggio
Grimsby Peach Kings 2-1 loss
Montgomery Blue Devils 5-1 win
Chicago Blues 9-0 win
Grimsby Peach Kings 4-0 win (semi’s)
Cobourg Cougars 5-2 win (Championship)
Adam Cherepacha,Blake Adams, Brady Afelskie, Camden Purboo, Evan Kollee, Jack Talbot, Jack Stallworthy, Jackson Weber, Jake McKinstray, Mark Benn, Matt Gigeris, Matthew Dybka, Michael Goverde,Nic Legaspi, Noah Darling,Owen Kennedy,Tyler McLeish
Oakville Novice Red Thunderhawks Strike Gold in London
Starting on Friday, January 11, the Novice Red Oakville Thunderhawks skated their way to become tournament champs at the Jayden Elmore Memorial Tournament in London.
Winning five straight games, the Thunderhawks rallied together in their strongest showing this season much to the delight of family members and fans.
Game 1 saw the Thunderhawks hang on to a 3-1 win against the Port Credit Storm even staving off a 6 on 3 shorthanded deficit in the final minutes of the game. Next up was a tough game against London North but the Thunderhawks came out with a solid 2-1 victory. The final round robin game against top ranked SSE London Wild ended in another Thunderhawk victory, 4-3, and a perfect 3-0 record in round robin play.
Moving on to the semi finals, the Thunderhawks put forth a relentless effort to win a convincing 8-3 victory and secure a spot in the finals.
Oakville's championship game pitted them against London North once again. The game featured several great scoring opportunities for both sides but the Thunderhawks fell behind early in the game. After the team rallied hard and exhibited tough defensive play and strong forechecking, Oliver Brenninkmeijer tied the game 2-2. And in the last few minutes, Matthew MacPherson brought on the game winner with Oakville emerging as tournament champions in a close 3-2 win.
For most of the boys on the team, this victory represents their first ever tournament gold with hopefully more to come. “The determination and teamwork displayed by all the players throughout the weekend couldn’t make the coaches and parents more proud,” said Head Coach Chris Hudson. “Every player played beyond their maximum level and showed great fortitude to never give up until the final buzzer.”
Team members include: Cade Hudson, Connor Waters, Matthew MacPherson, Mekaille Carbone, Jack Skinner, Eric Vann, Benito Ritacco, Aidan O'Rourke, Oliver Brenninkmeijer, William Herbert, Graeme Leiper, Aidan Ashall, Andrew Palucci, Keegan Walker, Matthew Grbavac and Ryan Bouwman.
The Thunderhawks coaching staff are: Head Coach Chris Hudson, Assistant Coach Jon Ashall, Trainer Heather Forbes and Manager Claudia Palucci
The Oakville Atom Red Devils recently returned from the 55th Annual Atom Liftlock Tournament in Peterborough in which they were out to defend Oakville’s win last year (by the St. Pats) in the EEE Division. Not only did the Red Devils finish the round robin in 1st in their Division, but they ended up coming from behind 2 goals (twice) in the Championship Final held at the Memorial Centre and winning in 2OT 5-4 against the hometown favourite Peterborough Petes Major Atom Select Team to bring home the Cup.
The Red Devils players are: Adam Chocina #29, Duncan Cassidy #2, Luke Ivan #3, Marc Anilowski #4, Quin Hart #6, Jack Janisse #7, Johnny Benham #8, Riley Crawford #9, Alex Branescu #10, Ryan Pritchard #11, Mitchel Cox #12, Jake Blackwood #14, Torin Hession #15, Noah Oudman-Debek #16, and Aidan Lehal #17. The team is coached by Jim Anilowski, Assistant Coaches Jeff Cassidy & Jimmy Blackwood, Manager Rob Crawford and Trainer Doug Vollans.
Congratulations to our Rangers Minor Atom AE Team! Undefeated in the 2012 Richard Bell Memorial Tournament
Oakville Rangers Peewee AE wins the International Silver Stick final at Pelham
The Oakville Rangers Peewee AE hockey team has been on fire for the last few weeks. After winning the Georgina Regional Silver Stick in early December, the boys went to the Ottawa Bell Capital Cup after Christmas, where they won Bronze playing at the A level. All of this was just preparation for the real goal of the Silver Stick Final at Pelham in January, which the Georgina win qualified them for.
The event featured teams from across North America, all of whom had to win one of the 16 regional qualifying events in order to be invited. The boys got off to a strong start with an 8-2 victory versus the Petrolia Oilers, but came out flat in a 1-0 loss to the Kent Ohio Cyclones later that first day. The team regrouped, and rebounded well the next day. The Rangers dominated the San Jose Jr. Sharks 13-0, then defeated the Delco Phantoms 11-1 in the quarterfinal. The semi-final on Saturday saw the Rangers line up against the always tough Barrie Colts. A very close match eventually saw the Oakville team pull away 4-1, to set up a rematch with the Kent Cyclones in the Championship game on Sunday.
Not to be denied, the Rangers came out flying in the final, playing a strong team game, and shutting out the Ohio squad by a score of 4-0. The win gave the Rangers the Peewee AE 2013 International Silver Stick Championship, which will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame in June.
The Rangers received rock-solid goaltending all the way from Max Perry and Ethan Enright, with lots of offence throughout the four day weekend from forwards Adam Nicholson, Daniel Littlejohn, James Johannesson, Ben Ecclestone, David Hayman, Jordan Gamble, Michael Syrota, Rogan Doyle and Ryan Skjarum. Meanwhile, the defence corps of Aidan Williams, Chris Nurmi, Aidan Ecclestone, Caleb Walker, Eli St. James and Mac Sinclair held strong in their zone.
The Oakville Rangers Peewee AE team is coached by Dave Skjarum, with assistants Sean Doyle, Cam Sinclair and Luke St. James. Steve Nicholson is the trainer, and Paul Enright manages the team.
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