Major PeeWee AE's Win Silver in Brantford, News (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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Jan 05, 2015 | AMHL | 7036 views
Major PeeWee AE's Win Silver in Brantford
The Major PeeWee AE Avalanche won silver at the Wayne Gretzky International Tournament (Dec 27-3, 2014) in Brantford, in a dramatic final game against Oswego Buccaneers of the USA ending in a 3-2 loss. 

With victories over the Hamilton Huskies, Paris Wolf Pack, and Kitchener Jr. Rangers Blue and the only loss to Perinton Blades of the USA.  The Avalanche finished round robin play with a 3-1-0 record,  to grab 3rd place in a strong field of 9 teams.

In the quarter-finals they faced the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Red.   A great start to the game for the Av’s with lots of energy, and taking the lead early, but Kitchener tied it just before the end of the 1st.  The boys did not let up and soon after grabbed the lead again early in the 2nd and added 2 more in the 3rd , to take the victory 4-1.  Waiting in the semis, was the Perinton Blades  1 of 2 undefeated teams.  The earlier defeat was motivation enough.   Striking first with 2 goals Ancaster took the lead into the 2nd.  A power play goal and the Blades cut the lead in half.   The boys continued to outplay their opponents and regained their 2 goal lead shorthanded in the 3rd.  With the extra attacker Perinton once again cut the lead in half.  Still with the advantage Perinton tried, but could not get the equalizer, thanks in part to a blocked pass and an accurate Hail Mary shot at the empty net to secure the victory 4-2.  A win for the Avalanche and off to the finals to face the other undefeated team the Oswego Buccaneers. 

The finals proved to be an exciting and edge of your seat fast paced game.  The first two periods was a back and forth affair.  0-0 going into the 3rd, it could have been anyone’s game.  All the scoring was done in the 3rd.  Oswego jumped out to an 3-0 lead with two power play goals.  Ancaster never gave up and cut the lead to one late in the 3rd.  A last minute attempt with the extra attacker in an effort to tie the game and send it to overtime was unsuccessful.   

 

The coaches are extremely proud of the boys’ focus, determination, effort and great team play throughout the tournament.  Many thanks to the bench staff, parents, family and friends who came out to support the boys.  

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