It was a rollercoaster rookie season for the Hurley’s Hawks.
The team had visions of the outright title for the PeeWee 13U youth roller hockey league through three quarters of the year.
Then the team would stumble at the WestTel Arena of Kings Sports Centre, finishing a disappointing second at 5-4 and being destroyed 13-3 by eventual champions the Five Continent Leafs in the first round of the playoffs.
On one hand it is of little comfort that the team won the bronze medal game 6-5 over a surging Vampt Oilers squad.
However for team coach Chris Moser, this year’s campaign can lead to glory next season.
‘We ended up third and it is little consolation considering how well we did early on,’ Moser said. ‘But the teams are really similar and have the same talent level in our division.
‘I have a talented group of kids who never gave up and as a coach you got to love that. In fact I don’t doubt that we will win next season.’
Moser, who has a starring role with the Budget Beavers, points to a number of kids being crucial to the team’s success.
‘On the whole the kids never gave up and I’m proud to coach every single one of them. However some were really key for us.
‘Finn Walker (who led the league in scoring with 45 points) was our ‘Energizer bunny’ as he always buzzed on the floor. Team Captain Nicole Whittaker was always digging and leading through her hustle.
‘Duncan Petrie was a solid defenseman and a real bruiser for us. My son Mack Moser moved the puck well both in defense and in goal.
‘Alex Agemian did a great job in goal while Dylan Merren and Marissa Towell tried hard all season and got some big points for us in the playoffs.’