Youth hockey recently crowned a trio of champions at Kings Sports Center.
In the Atom Eight and Under division, the No. 1 seed Burger King Stingers were the team to beat heading into the finals. A semifinal match-up between PwC and the Blackhawks would se the accountants pull off a very tight 8-7 victory courtesy of an overtime goal from top scorer Connor Kelley.
In the finals, PwC started off very well as they moved the puck and kept possession. In doing so, they rightfully took the lead early in the game. However, the Stingers kept their heads in the game and focused on the ensuing shifts to slowly chip away at the lead. Burger King continued their strong play and were awarded the gold medal.
For the 10 and Under segment, last week’s semis had the top seed Deloitte Devils against No. 4 seed Pirates while the No. 2 Ernst and Young Eagles battled the No. 3 seed Maroons. Deloitte handily beat the Pirates, 17-7, with strong play from their leader Justin Hastings. In the other game, the underdog Maroons came ready to play and surprised the Eagles with a 9-1 victory.
In the finals, just like the Eagles Deloitte over estimated the work ethic and strong tactics of the Maroons. The Maroons mounted an early lead in the game, as the Devils were on their heels. As the game wore on, Deloitte began to gain momentum as their top goal scorers found their stride. Justin Hastings, Nick McCallum and Andy Hastings began to chip away at their lead and, with a minute left, the game was tied at 8-8.
The contest would go into a nail-biting overtime that would not see a victor. Thus, a shoot-out would be needed. The teams went back and forth with goals and saves until Levi Superville ended the game with a goal as he faked out goaltender Olivia Lambert.
In the 14 and Under division, the semifinals pitted No. 1 seed Bruins against No. 4 Hudson Hawks, while the second seeded Conyers Canucks faced No. 3 KPMG. The Bruins dismantled the struggling Hawks, 12-4, to earn their berth to the finals after finishing in last place last season.
The Canucks found themselves in a big hole down 6-0 in the first period but clawed their way back. Unfortunately, it was not enough as KPMG were 10-7 winners.
The finals saw a classic battle of experience versus youth as KPMG is an older team built primarily of 14-year-olds whereas Bruins is a younger, less experienced team. KPMG’s veterans were no match for the speedy Bruins as their goal-scoring ability proved to be the difference in a 7-5 win.