Cayman brings home roller hockey medals

Oliva Lambert, 12U goaltender, makes a save in a shoot-out.

Thirty youngsters representing the Cayman Islands traveled last weekend to Atlanta, Georgia, where they faced off against teams from the U.S., including from North Carolina and Georgia.

Participating in three age groups, including 8U, 10U and 12U, this was their second qualifying tournament for the North American Roller Hockey Championships, which take place in July in Florida.

The 8U team, led by the nominated MVP of the 8U tournament – Jaxon Cover – dominated their division and went undefeated for the entire tournament, coming home with their second gold medal of the year.

The 10U team also earned the gold medal in the Silver division, and Andy Hastings was nominated MVP of the 10U tournament. They won two of their three round-robin games and still managed to come home with the gold by dominating their final game 5-0.

The 12U squad won their semifinal game as the entire rink cheered loudly at their nail-biting display after a five-minute round of overtime and a shoot-out that was won on the last shot/save by the goalie, Olivia Lambert. The team came home with the silver medal after losing in their final, again in well-battled OT and a five-player shoot-out.

Dennis Passchier and Pat Cover, who have coached all three teams this year, said they are very proud of the kids, their hard work, their team spirit and how well they represent their country both on and off the rink when they travel.

“These teams have put the Cayman Islands on the map as far as the world of roller hockey goes, and we look forward to another exciting week of hockey at the NARCh finals in July, which brings in teams from around the globe,” they said in a release. “A huge thanks to the teams’ loyal sponsors, EY and PwC who have been with very supportive over the years.”