The 2016 Kings Youth Roller Hockey League ended this week with championship games featuring plenty of action.
The 8-Under Gold finals matched No. 1 ranked KPMG team versus the Deloitte team, which organizers said had been on a hot streak as the regular season ended. The league’s leading point leader, Christian Goulden, had great support from his team, along with most improved player Tommy Isbister, as they upset MVP Griff MacDonald and a well-rounded KPMG squad that dominated most of the season.
The 10-U group may have had one of the most exciting games played in any age group this season, organizers said in a press release, when Team Bovell went up against the No. 1 and heavy favorite CIBC team led by league MVP Ethan Ellis. Ethan was dominating the league all season and looked very strong going into the finals. The Bovell team was led by Lachlin Lambert, with great goal-tending by Andrew Hastings. The game was tied with 43 seconds left, and CIBC was awarded a rare penalty shot. However, Hastings made a massive save to keep the game tied. But Lambert took the puck end to end scoring top corner with 23 seconds left. Team Bovell hung onto the victory “in one of the wildest finishes at Kings this season,” the press release said.
In the 14-U finals, the Dart Ducks faced off against league MVP Justin Hastings and the Islanders. In another thrilling game with back and forth scoring from both sides, Ryan Godwin fought hard in front of the Islanders goal and slipped the puck past the goalie to tie the game with 12 seconds left. Though both teams were tired after a hard-fought three periods of hockey, they had to play overtime in which the first goal scored wins the game. Two minutes into the overtime period, Justin Hastings found himself on a breakaway and with a nifty move to the far post, he put it past the sprawling goalie for the big goal and the championship.
Organizers congratulated all the league winners, all the teams, and the 6-Under hockey players for an amazing season. “We look forward to seeing everyone again next year playing the fastest sport in the Caribbean,” they said in a press release.
Hockey will start up again in late January at Kings Sports Centre.