The TNT Midget LL #1 team made the long and arduous trip to Dorchester
(just east of London) Ontario to participate in a 3 day hockey
tournament and when all was said and done, they left as winners,
bagging the Championship against a strong Mt Brydges Cougars Gold team.
TNT had won three games straight in the tournament round robin against
the Lindsay Muskies, Listowel Cyclones and Bradford Bulldogs #3. The
team then came up against another Bradford Bulldogs team which we had
so far not played against this year, the Bradford #1 team in the
Semifinal game on Sunday morning.
After being down 2-0, TNT came roaring back and won the penalty filled
game 6-3. Needless to say our coaches and parents were very proud of
our players and the restraint they showed as the Bulldogs registered
over 30 minutes in penalties and having numerous players/coaches and
parents ejected from the game.
We now moved onto the Championship game against the Mt Brydges Cougars
Gold team which had eliminated the other Mt Brydges team in the other
Semi-final game. The excitement was high considering we had three
injured players after the semi-final and with only 11 players this was
going to be a dig deep and see who runs out of gas first game.
No problem as our players came to play and win, including the injured
players who were taped up and played through the pain to win the Final
4-0. Another game against a strong team in which TNT showed how
teamwork, strong skating, and passing the puck with great skill wins
out all the time!
Congratulations to all the players at the tournament - Garrett Vander
Zaag, Brayden Mills, Nathan Vajda, Brandon Marsh, Gabe Denoble, Billy
Jonkman, Tyler Matson, David Armer, Ryan Clark, Michael MacEachern, and
Goalie Hunter Beaupre.
Also thanks to the coaching staff for helping to maintain an even knell
on the bench - Steve Matson, Bill Jonkman (with or without a trainer's
kit), Les Vajda and Lorenzo Denoble for his off the bench assistance.
No tournament could happen without the Parents (including Larry),
thanks to all of them and a special thanks to Leslie MacEachern for
finding the great accommodations in London.