For much of the WestTel Youth Roller Hockey League season the Vampt Oilers were an afterthought.
The side finished in the cellar at 2-5 and gave up the most goals (71) in the competition. Yet this Saturday the 13U PeeWee League team is in a good spot to nab a bronze medal.
Vampt plays the Hurley’s Hawks in the league’s third place game at 8am on the WestTel Arena of King’s Sports Centre.
The Oilers are coming off a close 8-5 defeat at the hands of the Appleby Sharks last Saturday that saw many positives.
Five players got on the score sheet for the Oilers with Marc Reid (the team’s leading scorer with 32 points) leading the way with three points.
Leon Domladis gave another inspired performance at mid-court fighting for puck possession, earning him player of the game honours once again.
Vampt also benefited from a tough but ultimately disappointing tussle for the Hawks against the Five Continent Leafs.
Hurley’s were blown out of that game 13-3 cementing the team’s epic fall from grace. Just weeks ago Hurley’s were the talk of the league as the rookie club were on their way to the regular season crown and possibly the overall title.
However the squad ended up second in the regular season standings at just 5-4 in spite of a potent offense that scored 68 goals (a league-high).
In last week’s blow-out the offense did not get in gear as role players such as Mack Moser did not take pressure off the likes of Finn Walker (45 points), Nicole Whittaker (22 points) and Alex Agemian (18 points) to put points on the board.
Ultimately head coach Chris Moser can only encourage his troops saying: ‘Tough playoff game Hawks. You had a fantastic season and should be proud of the work you did week in and week out.’