Lo­cal teams shine at Win­ter Clas­sic

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - SPORTS - DAVE DAW­SON david.daw­son@sun­media.ca twit­ter.com/dav­edaw­son67

Four lo­cal teams skated to cham­pi­onship ban­ners in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions and sev­eral oth­ers just missed earn­ing ti­tles at the an­nual Jim Wil­son Chevro­let Buick GMC Win­ter Clas­sic, held at lo­cal rinks through­out the re­gion from Thurs­day to Sun­day.

The tour­ney at­tracted 74 teams that com­peted in 11 di­vi­sions rang­ing from novice to mid­get. Here’s a look at how lo­cal teams fared.

Mi­nor atom

The Julie Emery RBC Mort­gages Terriers man­aged one win on the week­end — a 9-1 romp over the Erindale Spit­fires. The Owen Sound Ju­nior At­tack went un­de­feated, cap­ping its week­end with a 5-1 win over Grimsby to take the seven-team di­vi­sion.

Atom

The Bur­ton Team of In­vest­ment Plan­ning atoms cap­tured their divi­sional ti­tle Sun­day night with a 2-1 vic­tory over the Wel­land Tigers. It was the Terriers’ third one-goal game of the day. The home side edged the West Mall Light­ning 3-2 in a thrilling semi­fi­nal and started the day with a 1-0 win over the Temiskam­ing Shores Puck­hounds. Oril­lia opened round-robin play Fri­day with a 10-0 vic­tory over Grimsby, then suf­fered its lone loss of the tour­ney — a 3-2 set­back against West Mall.

Novice

The Moon­stone Me­chan­i­cal novices went un­de­feated, dom­i­nat­ing the op­po­si­tion through­out the three-day event as they outscored their op­po­nents 32-6 in their five wins. Ac­tion started Thurs­day night as the team opened the tour­na­ment with a 7-0 shutout of the Oro Thun­der. Fri­day morn­ing, the Terriers crushed the Oshawa Mi­nor Gen­er­als 8-1. Sat­ur­day, the Terriers blanked the Gar­den City Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fal­cons 7-0 to clinch their spot in Sun­day’s play­offs. The lo­cal squad con­tin­ued its strong play with a 6-3 win over Oro to skate into the ti­tle game against the West Hill Golden Hawks, which also sported a 4-0 record head­ing into the cham­pi­onship. Oril­lia capped its stel­lar week­end with a 3-2 win to clinch the crown.

Mi­nor pee­wee

The Jim Wil­son Chevro­let pee­wees won their three-team di­vi­sion. Oril­lia opened ac­tion with a heart­break­ing 5-4 loss to the Glan­brook Rangers Fri­day morn­ing, but re­bounded in the af­ter­noon with a 6-0 white­wash of Ot­tawa West. In Sat­ur­day’s semi­fi­nal, it was a re­match and the re­sult was sim­i­lar as the Terriers de­feated Ot­tawa 5-1. In the cham­pi­onship game, Oril­lia earned re­venge against Glan­brook, win­ning the ti­tle with a 4-0 de­ci­sion.

Pee­wee

The Oril­lia Mid-On­tario Dis­posal Terriers went un­de­feated, al­low­ing five goals in four games as they won the four-team pee­wee di­vi­sion. Oril­lia opened ac­tion Fri­day with a 6-2 win over South Muskoka, then blanked Peter­bor­ough 7-0 Sat­ur­day, be­fore fol­low­ing that up with an 8-2 win over Stoney Creek. In the cham­pi­onship game Sun­day, Oril­lia dom­i­nated, skat­ing to an 11-1 vic­tory over South Muskoka.

Pee­wee AE

The Jim Wil­son Chevro­let pee­wee AA Terriers could not find the back of the net early on as they dropped a 3-0 de­ci­sion to An­caster Fri­day morn­ing and lost 5-0 to Lea­side Fri­day night. Sat­ur­day, they re­bounded with a hard-fought 4-2 tri­umph over St. Mary’s. But the team’s tour­ney ended Sun­day with a 5-1 loss to An­caster, which went on to beat Lea­side 3-0 to win the di­vi­sion’s crown.

Mi­nor ban­tam

Af­ter a per­fect start to the week­end, the Rama First Na­tion Terriers had to play two games in four hours Sun­day and it proved too much as the weary home side was edged 3-2 by a rested Oshawa Mi­nor Gen­er­als team in the cham­pi­onship tilt at Ro­tary Place, fall­ing just short of earn­ing a ti­tle in the six-team group­ing. The lo­cal squad opened ac­tion Fri­day with a 5-1 de­feat of Sud­bury. Sat­ur­day, Oril­lia crushed Temiskam­ing Shores 6-1 and then edged the Ot­tawa West Golden Knights 4-2. Sun­day, the Terriers de­feated TNT 5-2 at Brian Orser Arena be­fore run­ning out of steam an hour later against Oshawa.

Ban­tam

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 34 Terriers started strong, earn­ing a 7-4 win over Huntsville and a tough 2-1 de­ci­sion over An­caster. But the Burling­ton Ea­gles blanked Oril­lia 2-0 and the lo­cal squad was ousted af­ter suf­fer­ing a 2-1 loss to Strat­ford. Wool­wich went 5-0 to win the 10-team di­vi­sion.

Ban­tam AE

It was a tough week­end for the C.C. Tatham and As­so­ci­ates squad, as it dropped back-to-back one-goal heart­break­ers Fri­day: 3-2 against Colling­wood and 6-5 against Pick­er­ing. Sat­ur­day, the squad re­bounded to earn a 3-2 tri­umph over Pick­er­ing, but lost 8-4 to Colling­wood Sun­day. Colling­wood won the three-game di­vi­sion.

Mi­nor mid­get

The Sco­tia­bank Terriers dropped a 3-2 de­ci­sion to Strat­ford Fri­day af­ter­noon, but re­bounded later that night with a 9-0 rout of Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake. Sat­ur­day, the lo­cal team kept rolling with a 6-3 vic­tory over the Ot­tawa West Golden Knights. Sun­day morn­ing at Ro­tary Place, the hosts edged Cale­don 6-5 to punch their ticket to the ti­tle game. But the Ne­pean Raiders proved too strong as they beat Oril­lia 4-1 to claim the ti­tle in the eight-team age group.

Mid­get

The Kelsey’s Restau­rant Terriers skated to a 7-3 win over Mid­land Thurs­day, shut out El­liot Lake 4-0 Fri­day and then blanked Stittsville 3-0 Sat­ur­day. But in Sun­day’s semi­fi­nal, the Huntsville Ot­ters pre­vailed 4-2 to knock Oril­lia out of the tour­na­ment. Huntsville then lost 8-2 to Wel­land in the fi­nale of the nine-team di­vi­sion.

Four lo­cal teams skated to cham­pi­onship ban­ners in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions.”

SUB­MIT­TED

The Moon­stone Me­chan­i­cal novices were per­fect at this week­end’s Jim Wil­son Chevro­let Buick GMC Win­ter Clas­sic, cap­ping their stel­lar four days of ac­tion by beat­ing West Hill 3-2 to clinch the crown. In the front row, from left: Sam Weaver and Gun­ner Wolfe. Sec­ond row: Eric Shell­swell, Brock McKay, Jack North, Grey­den King, Colton Shar­land, Kyson Camp­bell and Pre­ston Tryon. Third row: Ronin Black, Josh May, Jack­son Cook, Hud­son Inglis, Craig Scott and Jack­son Long. Back row: Brian Shell­swell, Ja­son King, Andy Long and Aaron Tryon.

SUB­MIT­TED

The Oril­lia Mid-On­tario Dis­posal Terriers went un­de­feated, al­low­ing just five goals in four games as they won the fourteam pee­wee di­vi­sion. In front are goalies Con­nor Tay­lor and James Pritchard. In the front row, from left: Matthew Wors­ley, Ri­d­ley Tucker, Colsen Mar­a­cle, Sam Reda, Wil­liam Gra­ham and Kaden Gog­gins. Mid­dle row: Dy­lan Rankin, Cur­tis Ashkewe, Cameron Car­ruthers and Ja­cob Bud­ney. Back row: Theo Stan­ford, Matthew Bush, Brock Muise and Lars Der­stroff. Coaches: Brian Wors­ley, Bren­dan Mur­phy, Toby Stan­ford and Gary Mar­a­cle.

DAVE DAW­SON/THE PACKET & TIMES

The goalie from the West Nipiss­ing St­ing faced a bar­rage of shots Sat­ur­day from the Oro Thun­der as part of the Jim Wil­son Chevro­let Buick GMC Win­ter Clas­sic. Oro won the novice-di­vi­sion clash at Ro­tary Place.

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