Cup win sweet re­venge for Ma­jor Atoms

Peter­bor­ough Lift­lock Atom Hockey Tour­na­ment fi­nals Sun­day at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­

The Peter­bor­ough RBC Fi­nan­cial Ma­jor Atom AA Petes tasted sweet re­venge at the 61st Peter­bor­ough Lift­lock Atom Hockey Tour­na­ment.

In the Chris Fee Cup show­case, which served as the open­ing cer­e­monies game Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, Cameron Reynolds goal with 1:28 left in the third pe­riod ral­lied the Petes past the West Ferris Trap­pers 2-1. Two months ago, West Ferris beat the Petes 1-0 at a tour­na­ment in Ottawa.

The 114-team tour­na­ment will fea­ture 242 games played in 10 atom di­vi­sions at 12 area are­nas over four days.

“We wanted re­venge on that team,” said Petes cen­tre Caiden Rogers.

“It felt good be­cause my whole fam­ily was here watch­ing. I like the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre be­cause it’s re­ally wide and that’s where we can use our speed and drive wide to get goals.”

The game was tele­vised live on YourTV both in Peter­bor­ough and North Bay which added to the ex­cite­ment.

“It’s a spe­cial tour­na­ment be­cause it’s been around for a long time,” said Grif­fin Ruther­ford.

“It feels spe­cial to be a part of it be­cause it’s the only tour­na­ment where the first game is on TV.”

Petes coach Mike Hef­fer­nan says his team got off to a slow start this sea­son but has reached the fi­nal of two re­cent tour­na­ments and picked up two big league wins against top teams.

“We’re com­ing to­gether and start­ing to win a at the right time,” Hef­fer­nan said.

“Last year we played in this game and lost. To see all the tro­phies go to the other side and start the tour­na­ment with a loss was detri­men­tal to us. So it was huge to be able to win to­day and keep the tro­phies here in Peter­bor­ough.”

The tro­phies in­cluded the Chris Fee Cup pre­sented to the win­ning team. The James John­ston Me­mo­rial Award for most valu­able player went to Reynolds. The Dave and Harold James Me­mo­rial Award went to win­ning goalies An­to­nio Bianco and Nathan Sorichetti. The Rapid Lift Hard­est Work­ing Play­ers were Reynolds and the Trap­pers’ Pey­ton Cyr.

Hunter Wat­son gave West Ferris a first pe­riod lead. Rogers tied it with 5:55 left in the sec­ond pe­riod. Reynolds hit the goal­post and then poked the loose puck over the goal-line for the win­ner.

Tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers also cre­ated an open­ing cer­e­monies game this year for house league di­vi­sions to pre­cede the Chris Fee Cup. The PHA Mighty Wings beat the Lake­field Chiefs 3-1. Trent Nealin scored all three Wings goals while Bella Cop­p­away replied for Lake­field.

It was an ex­cit­ing way to kick off the tour­na­ment for the Mighty Wings who have one win in league play.

“They were all pretty ex­cited,” said Mighty Wings coach Marty Van­den Anker.

“In our house league di­vi­sion we’ve been do­ing great but we’ve been miss­ing the mark by one goal ev­ery game. That’s our sec­ond win of the sea­son so that’s why our whole team was so ex­cited. To be able to play at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre and be on TV and be the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment they were ex­tremely ex­cited.”

“It felt re­ally spe­cial of ev­ery­one work­ing to­gether,” said Mighty Wings player Ben Van Dijk. “We were re­ally ner­vous at first but then ev­ery­one for­got we were on TV. It feels spe­cial to win a game in a very big tour­na­ment.”

They were ex­cited to play at the PMC.

“it felt like a spe­cial mo­ment you could al­ways hold onto,” Van Dijk said. “It means a lot, I’m sure, to ev­ery­one on this team be­cause it’s a re­ally big tour­na­ment.”

Fi­nals for all 10 di­vi­sions will be played Sun­day at the PMC from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Peter­bor­ough AA Atom Petes goalie An­to­nio Bianco and team­mate Ed­die Cham­bers clear a re­bound from West Ferris Trap­pers’ Ben­jamin Brun­ton dur­ing the an­nual Chris Fee Cup game to of­fi­cially open the 61st Peter­bor­ough Lift­lock Atom Hockey Tour­na­ment ac­tion on Fri­day at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. The Petes edged the Trap­pers 2-1.

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