U14 BB Gold are Oakville Winter Classic Champions!, News (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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U14 - BB - GOLD | Jan 21, 2024 | Jason Maggiolo | 646 views
U14 BB Gold are Oakville Winter Classic Champions!
This weekend the U14 BB Gold Team entered the Oakville Winter Classic with the goal of coming home as champions.

The tournament started on Thursday with a game against Oakville Rangers Blue. The boys played and amazing game peppering the Oakville goaltender who stood tall, and the game would end in a 0–0 tie. Later Thursday the boys would play the

Burlington Raiders. This game started off as a tight affair, but the team turned it up in the second and third periods and went on to take the game 5–2.

 

After a rare off day Friday, the team was back at it bright and early Saturday morning with a game against Brampton. It took a period for the boys to get going in this early morning game but then they took over and came out with a very convincing 14–0 win. Next was a crucial 4th and final round robin game against the Brantford 99ers. Win and finish 1st in Pool A, lose and help would be needed to place 2nd and move on to the semi-final. The game was a tight and chippy affair and the boys found themselves down 3–1 in the third period, but this is when they turn it on and dominated the 3rd period rarely allowing the 99ers to enter their zone, and scored 3 unanswered goals to take the game 4–3 and 1st place in Pool A.

 

This would set up a semi-final against Oakville Rangers Red on Sunday morning. The boys controlled the entire game, but yet again an Oakville goalie stood tall, and it was another goaltender duel. The game ended 0–0 and we would go into a 5 minute 3 on 3 overtime period. Again, the goalies stood on their heads and the overtime would solve nothing. A shoot-out would be needed to solve this game. It would take 7 shooters on each side to win this game! Our shooters did an amazing job and Beckett Ross stood tall between the pipes. The boys would win the shoot-out! We were off to the finals where we would play the Brantford 99ers once again.

 

In the final the boys knew what they needed to do. The team played a great first period and it was 1–0 after one. The second period was no different and the boys would add another goal to make it 2–0 after two periods. In the third period the team continued to play well, but Brantford scored and made it a 2-1 game. The boys stuck to the game plan and made it difficult for Brantford to generate many quality chances after Brantford’s goal even killing a lengthy 2-man advantage. Brantford again was very chippy, but the boys kept their cool and focused on the task at hand. In the end the boys held on for a very entertaining 2-1 victory to take home the championship!

Congratulations to all the boys, coaches, and fans on a very exciting and successful weekend!
 
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