Eats blaze KPMG for Kings Centre glory

The world of Cayman youth
hockey came to an exciting end last week.

On Saturday, May 29 as the
hockey world was prepping for the launch of Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals,
the Cayman Islands hockey community prepped for the WestTel Youth Hockey League
championships. A fair number of people around the globe tuned in thanks to the
live-streaming via www.csa.ky. Most would not be disappointed. 

The Novice league saw the
Walkers Blue Iguanas defeat the XN Financial Flames in the bronze medal game.
The Novice championship game was a great battle by two very offensive teams, which
saw the dms Bruins claim back-to-back championship victory over the
Coldwell-Banker Rangers 5-3.

Coach Amy Arnold of the
Bruins commented afterwards “The Rangers had their best game of the season in
the championship game. Our team struggled offensively to get through their
defense throughout the game, but we never gave up and managed to get a few past
them. We’ve always been fairly evenly matched during regular season, but we had
to fight harder in the championship to come out on top. We’re really proud of
each of the kids. Everyone worked hard, improved throughout the season and had
fun along the way. Thomas Milne was great in net. Without some critical saves
in the final 10 minutes, the outcome may have been different.”

In the highly competitive
Atom division both games produced not only the most intense action, but also
the highest number of viewers via www.csa.ky. Game one saw the bronze medal
match-up between the LOM Capitals and Animal House Penguins. The Penguins would
eventually emerge victorious via a shootout.

Coach Courtis of the
Penguins said “What an exciting day of hockey. Even our bronze medal game had
the crowd’s rapped attention. During the season we always had close games with
LOM and Saturday’s bronze medal game was no exception. You could tell on the
bench that the kids wanted to end the season on a high note and the excitement
and anticipation of going into over-time and our first ever shoot out was
amazing. Knowing that our fate would be decided by shoot-out, it was fun to see
the combination of excitement and nervousness in the kids. In the end,
shoot-out goals by Jamie Williams and an incredibly sweet deke by Josh
McCartney sealed the victory. It was a great way to end a satisfying season.”

The final and most
anticipated match-up of the day between the Eats Blazers and KPMG Senators with
the Blazers hoisting the cup after a 3-2 victory. Blazers Coach Dan Allard said
“It was a great championship game with end-to-end action. Both teams played
their hearts out and the game could have gone either way. I think in the end
our strong goal-tending, relentless fore check and solid team defense were the
main reasons we pulled out the victory.” 

Echoing Coach Dan’s outlook
of the game was Coach Kevin Lloyd of the KPMG Senators. “It was an extremely
exciting and a close game for the players, coaches and fans. While there is no
question that we certainly missed a few key players, our team dug down deep and
found the energy to compete at a very high level.  In particular, our younger players were
thrust into playing against older players and we were very pleased that they
rose to the occasion. They gave it their all and that is all we can ask for as
coaches.”

The eldest division in the
PeeWee group went off between the Five-Continents Leafs and Vampt Oilers. The
Oilers came through with a surprising game winning 8-5 thanks to a seven-point
performance by Marc Reid. Before Saturday’s matches came the PeeWee final on
Wednesday May 26. The Hurley’s Hawks claimed their first league title over the
Appleby Sharks 6-4.

Oilers Coach Darryl Hather
said “even though it wasn’t the gold medal game, our kids played like it was
and were determined to get third place. The team saved their best game for the
last game of the season.”

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