Ontario teams went three for three as it swept the gold podium on Sunday in Brampton. Ontario hasn’t lost at the U15 or U17 divisions of play since the inception of those divisions and continued its dominance at the U19 division.
On Sunday, August 4 before a capacity crowd at Century Gardens the sweep was complete. In the first championship game, the powerfully offensive Brampton Jr Express played the defensively sound Penetang Blazers. The Blazers defensive game plan to out number the opposition in every zone on the floor would prove to frustrate and keep the high flying offense of the Express at bay. The game would not be decided until the three minutes of play on a goal by Brandon Neumann as he would cross the blue line and let a wrist shot go at the top of the slot. The Blazers would put pressure on the Express net in the final minute, but Brandon Landry held the team off and captured the championship 1-0.
The U17 championship was decided between the Belleville Bulls and New Tecumeth Xtreme and what a show these two teams put on. It was end to end action throughout and decided in overtime. The Xtreme would lead after the first on goals by two defenceman, Danny Fillatre and Maurizio Colella only to have the Bulls storm back in the second on goals by Quinn Syrydiuk and Brody Morris.
The game would remain tied until midway into the first overtime as Keegan Leal would let a wrist shot go from the left face off circle which would find the back of the net ending the highly entertaining game ending 3-2 in overtime.
The U19 championship would see two familiar foes battle for the championship as the New Tecumseth Xtreme would face the Penetang Blazers in the final.
This was an exciting game with both goaltenders thwarted the opposition keeping the game close and the second overtime game for the afternoon would end twenty seconds in and the Blazers would capture the championship with a 2-1 victory.
The Xtreme would score first in the initial period and carry that lead until half way through the second and then the goalies put on a show as the teams would not be able to capitalize for the reminder of the game as both goaltenders would make some incredible saves keeping the game tied and into overtime.
For a complete list of game results and statistics visit www.nationalballhockeyassociation.com or www.ballhockey.net.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year and more great ball hockey action.
The 2013 National Ball Hockey Association of Canada Junior U15, U17 & U19 Canada Cup of Ball Hockey National Championships will be played in Brampton, Ontario the weekend of August 1-4, 2013. The tournament will take place at Century Gardens in Brampton and updates on competing teams will be provided as teams prepare to face off against teams from across Canada. The event will guarantee four games for all the teams at a cost of $650.
The Junior Nationals offer three divisions in this tournament, the U15 (born 1998 & 1999), U17 (born 1996 & 1997) and U19 (born 1994 & 1995) and the inaugural Girls U17 event. The teams that participate in the Junior Nationals are registered and sent by their Provincial governing associations. This is one of the scouting sessions for the 2014 Junior Team Canada staff who will be onsite throughout the championships.
In some Provinces, teams are selected the year prior while in other Provinces there are tryouts and player selections months prior to the tournament.
If you are a ball hockey member and this tournament is of interest, contact your local ball hockey association or league to find out more information on their participating teams.