Midget Selects Win Gold in Barrie, News (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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Midget Selects Win Gold in Barrie
Submitted By AMHL on Monday, March 31, 2014
The Ancaster Avalanche Midget Selects won the Barrie Select Tournament (March 28-30) by defeating Clarington 4-2 in the championship game.     

The Avalanche were in the major midget division with 12 teams. In the round-robin, the Avalanche beat Parkdale 3-2, lost to Lawfield 3-1 and won 5-0 over Pembroke to finish first in their pool.

They faced a strong team from Coronation in the semi-finals and came out on top with a hard fought 2-1 win. This broke the “semi-finals jinx”for the Avalanche who had lost in overtime in the semi-finals of their previous two tournaments to the eventual champion.

In the finals, the Avalanche faced Clarington, who finished as the top team overall after the round-robin. The Avalanche broke a 2-2 tie after two periods to score twice in the third period to win 4-2 and capture the gold medal.

The coaches are very proud of the boys’ focus, determination and great team play throughout the tournament.


1st Row: Brendan Mannen, Andreas Austin

2nd Row: Zak Lightfoot, Paul Lightfoot (coach), Rick Austin (Coach)

3rd Row: Dennis Shannon (trainer), Tony Valaitis (coach), Jonah Stephenson, Ian Searles, David Wood, Nicky Balon, Austin Slizys, Pat Takala, Reid Valaitis, Wil Johnston, Taylor French, Kessler Shannon

Absent: Eric French (manager), Chris Balardo, Gerry Shebib

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