Skaters are on the ball for Newfoundland challenge

The Cayman Islands recently competed in one of the world’s biggest indoor hockey tournaments. 

Cayman was one of 17 countries competing in the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation 2013 World Street and Ball Hockey Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Among the other nations were Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. 

Local skaters, who were selected by the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association, finished fourth in their group as Cayman would beat out Israel, Great Britain and Armenia (beating the Brits and Armenians by 4-1 scores during round-robin play) while ending up behind Hong Kong, Italy (with whom they managed a 3-3 draw) and Bermuda.  

Ryan Pull was one of Cayman’s top players with seven points in six games and he registered five assists, good enough for third in the group. Randy Cannon had a good showing in net for Cayman with a 2.00 Goals Against Average (third-best in the group) while playing 225 minutes (second-most). 

The Cayman team featured a number of veteran players on the local hockey scene such as Jason Windsor, Rob Leadbetter and Jamie Lyon. Pete Holowchuk was the top scorer with three goals. 

The world championships are nothing new for local skaters. Cayman has appeared five times in the competition, with its most recent stint resulting in a fifth place finish in Bratislava, Slovakia back in June 2011.