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Minor Bantams Win Hespeler Tournament!!
Submitted By tmezenberg on Thu 12 31, 15
The St. Thomas Millcreek Plumbing Minor Bantam A team travelled to Hespeler over the Christmas break to participate in the 49th Annual Hespeler Rep Olympics.  There they faced some very good A teams from all over Ontario. The team played 5 games of fast, intense, disciplined hockey over 4 days, and were rewarded with a tournament championship!!


Game one was on Sunday December 27.  The boys played the Halton Hills Thunder, a big, fast team.  The boys came out of the gate slow, and were down 2-0 after the first period.  They gained some momentum, and closed the gap, but ultimately lost 3-2 to open the tournament.

Game two on Monday December 28 saw them face off against the host Hespeler Shamrocks, a pesky and gritty team. The boys played a strong game overall and cruised to a 5-2 victory.

Game three was on the morning of Tuesday December 29, and the boys played a small, fast, and very disciplined Oakridge Aeros team.  This was a tight game, with few chances for either team.  St. Thomas was able to score with less than 5 minutes left in the game, and squeaked out a 1-0 win. This put our record at 2 wins and 1 loss, good enough for second place in the division.

Game four was a semi final game on the afternoon of Tuesday December 29. The boys faced off against a strong, physical Brampton 45's team. However Brampton was no match for our intensity, and the boys cruised to a 4-0 victory.  On to the finals.

The finals were on Wednesday December 30 against the Halton Hills Thunder, the same team that handed us a loss to open the tournament. The game was a fast, intense, well played game.  St. thomas opened the scoring in the 2nd period on the power play, and Halton Hills responded with a goal midway through the 3rd period.  So regulation time ended 1-1, off to overtime.  A three minute 4 on 4 overtime solved nothing, and so then it was off to a three minute 3 on 3 double overtime.  Early in the double overtime a Halton Hills player took a major penalty and game misconduct, and this gave our boys a 3 on 2 advantage.  The boys wasted little time, and scored the winner seconds later, making them the tournament champions!!!

This championship was a total team effort, with every boy playing a strong, disciplined tournament.  Good job boys, and let's keep the momentum going over the next few months!!!
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