The Well Busters Belleville Bantam AA Bearcats went undefeated to capture the gold medals at the 43rd annual Belleville Bearcats New Year’s Classic held last weekend at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.
In round- robin play, the Bearcats blasted the Barrie Sharks 6- 1, and shut out both the Clarington Flames 2- 0 and Kingston Ice Wolves 1- 0. In the semi- finals Belleville clipped Kingston 2- 1, while in the final they edged Barrie 1- 0 on a goal by Delany Stoltz with 2: 16 remaining in the third period.
Meanwhile, the Peewee AA Bearcats settled for the silver medal after falling 3- 1 to the Clarington Flames in the final.
The Bearcats beat Durham West 3- 2 in their opening game, then lost 2- 0 to the Ottawa Ice, before rebounding to beat the Cornwall Typhoons 2- 0 to advance to the playoff where they whipped the Kingston Ice Wolves 4- 0 and squeaked past Ottawa 1- 0 in the semi- finals.