The road to victory was quite the roller coaster ride. After each team in their bracket had completed two games, everyone was deadlocked with two ties each. Competition was incredibly tight, as indicated by the team’s round robin record of three ties and one win. Luckily, it was just enough to advance to the playoff round.
Sunday’s road to the finals was paved with a show stopper performance against the Niagara Falls Flyers, a game decided in double overtime. The Terriers were able to capitalize on a break and put home a goal 2 minutes and 8 seconds into the second overtime frame of 4 on 4 play for the dramatic win.
After a short-lived celebration, the team took to the ice Sunday afternoon against the North Durham Warriors who had convincingly won their semi-final game by blanking the West Hill Golden Hawks 4-0. North Durham got off to a quick start against the Terriers by scoring in the first minute of play. It wasn’t the start that the Terriers had hoped for, but the team proved resilient and scored the equalizer late in the first. The young Terriers took the lead at the 4 minute mark of the second period and never looked back. With a complete team effort, the Minor Peewees only allowed one more goal and went on to a decisive 5-2 victory earning them a spot in the Newmarket Silver Stick Finals in January.
Congratulations to all of the players on yet another great tournament win. They should be proud of their ability to overcome obstacles and adversity, coming together to play the kind of hockey that makes us proud to say we are Terriers!