Usually our meeting room between the two ice surfaces is dark and locked. GTHL teams are playing in distant rinks like Herb Carnegie or Scotiapond in the last few games before the season ends, but on April 3 it was different.
The Minor Peewee Terriers were on the ice on Rink One, the meeting room was open, the coffee was warm, there were endless doughnuts and the rink was packed.
And the hockey was superb!
Going into the evening the Terriers held a 6-2 series lead agains the North York Knights, a team that had been defeated only three times before the beginning of the playoffs. They had the reputation of being the best. Fast, hard-working, great playmakers and always winners. Yet our Terriers were better!
The game followed the usual script. They had early chances but couldn’t score. We had chances and couldn’t score until the second period when Michael Cesario sped down the ice and put an amazing bullet of a shot into the top corner that no goalie could have saved. 1-0 Terriers. Then in the third period the Knights goalie made a brilliant stretching save but couldn’t stop the rebound from Brock Cummings. 2-0 Terriers. With 7:00 minutes left the Knights pulled their goalie, an interesting tactic that didn’t work. Final score 4-0. The Terriers win the city championship 8 points to 2.
A perfect end to a great season. Congratulations to the parents, the players and the coaches. It was lovely to be part of the team and the celebrations.