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Clarington ends TNT's OMHA run, season

Posted March 6, 2014

This season proved to be more than perhaps anyone might have expected for the collection of 1996 and 1997 born players.

This year's Major Midget team would see 5 players join the Alliston Hornets as affiliated players throughout the season, and on many nights, there would be 3-4 practicing on a regular basis.

In September, a collection of 96-97 Hornet prospects joined together to participate in the Alliston Hornet . The team of Midget eligible players finished 7th in the 16 team tournament, posting a record of 1-1-1. Many of these player would go on to become this years Midget AA team.

In October, the Midgets participated in the Orangeville Earlybird tournament, earning their way to the Championship game where they were defeated by the Newmarket Redmen in the Final.

In December, TNT travelled to Stratford to take part in the Regional Silver Stick Tournament. There was no shortage of excitement for this group of players and parents. TNT posted a 2-1 record in round robin play, advancing on a goal differential tiebreaker. In the semi-final, TNT saw Caledon as the opponent. After trailing early, TNT clawed their way back to a 3-3 score to force OT.

In the Silver Stick, OT consisted of 1 minute periods in succession, starting with 4 players on the ice. TNT and Caledon ended the game with 1 player each, battling for the chance to move on to the final. TNT completed the comeback winning the game 4-3.

In the final, TNT would face the 4th ranked team in Ontario, the London Jr. Knights.  It was a carbon copy of the Caledon semi final, only this time, TNT found themselves playing 2 players against 1, due to a penalty against London during 2 on 2 play. With only 15 seconds gone in 2-1 play, TNT sealed the deal, earning the distinct honour of being crowned, Regional Silver Stick Champions.

In January, TNT travelled to Sarnia to participate in the prestigious International Silver Stick Tournament.  TNT showed well, posting a 1-2 record. Without a doubt, a proud moment to be able to participate in such an event. The  London Jr. Knights, who gained entry by invitation, became the eventual winner. A feather in the cap of TNT to know they defeated the International Silver Stick Champions only two weeks earlier.

TNT ended the season in 3rd place where they would eliminate the 2nd place Richmond Hill Stars 3-1. The next series would see TNT up against the 1st place Newmarket Redmen. TNT found themselves down 5 pts to 1 pt in the series, only to reel off 3 consecutive wins, the last in triple overtime, to defeat the Newmarket Redmen.

"When I look back on the season, I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to coach such a determined group of young men," said coach Scott Hutchinson. "Losing to Clarington isn't how we envisioned our season ending, but looking back, we have accomplished so much as a team. As a coaching staff, we could not be more proud of this group. They faced adversity often this year, and most times they beat it.

On behalf of Dino Biffis (manager), Randy Horan (asst. coach), Rob Magloughlan (trainer), Janet Ross (asst. trainer) and Lori Matthew (parent rep), I would like to thank and congratulate each and every member of our team, and their parents, for putting together a season full of excitement and accomplishments.

"I would also like to thank the players for putthing their faith in our staff to be able to accomplish so much this year. Thanks also go to Dino, Randy, Rob, Janet and Lori for the time and effort they put in making sure our players were taken care of."

#1 Adam Gleeson, #30 Sean Caulfield, #3 Tye Tesi, #4 Thomas Foulds, #5 Doug Ross, #6 Josh Morrison, #7 Kamren Wallbank, #8 Dalton Payne, #9 Christian Petrozza, #10 Jake Price, #11 Myles Douglas, #13 Kyley Matthews, #14 Jake Biffis, #15 Ryan Whiteside, #16 Adrian Markus, #17 Payton Dunlop, #18 Tristan Stewart, #19 Sam