WEST LONDON MAJOR PEEWEE C6 TEAM DOMINATE NORTH LONDON CLASSIC AND WIN TOURNAMENT!!, News (West London Minor Hockey)

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WEST LONDON MAJOR PEEWEE C6 TEAM DOMINATE NORTH LONDON CLASSIC AND WIN TOURNAMENT!!
Submitted By Brady Parr on Monday, November 20, 2017
Our very own Major Peewee Hawks C6 team had an amazing weekend at the North London Classic Tournament and walked away with the Championship!! Massive congrats are in order for this group of players and coaches!

The Hawks had an exciting weekend and absolutely dominated the competition at the North London Classic Tournament. The Hawks went 5-0 and outscored their opponents by an incredible 40-3. With such a performance, it was no wonder that the tournament organizers handed the first place trophy to Coach Mike Worby this evening, as the Hawks left Stronach Arena champions, having defeated the Barrie Colts 5-0 in the final. 

The weekend featured several high points for the Hawks. The team opened the tourney with a crushing 15-0 victory over Forest Green Friday evening. The game witnessed several firsts for the season. Pyper Baker not only got her first goal, but recorded her first ever hat-trick and added two assists for good measure. Baker used this player of the game performance as a springboard to a great tournament, as she wracked up 5 goals and 8 assists for the tourney, and moved the puck with precision, showing, in particular, a great aptitude for finding the open man in the offensive zone from the point. Brendan Walsh likewise had his first goals of the season and ended up putting two goals and three assists on the board, as well as a tripping penalty. Walsh's tournament totals were: two goals four assists, four minutes in penalties, and two victories in net, while sporting a 1.00 goals against average. Finally, Noah Weber had a strong game, and capitalized on the fact the coaches moved their snipers back to the blueline after the first few goals to record his first multiple goal game, getting two on the night. He went on to post 2 goals and 4 assists in the tournament. And of course, goalie Zach Read recorded his second shutout of the season and continued to play well throughout the weekend, recording, as a goalie, 3 victories, 2 shutouts, and a sterling 0.33 goals against average, while chipping in his first goal of the season and 2 assists in his two games on the wing.

The Hawks' strong play continued in their second game Saturday morning against the team they would eventually meet in the final, the Barrie Colts. Owen Worby scored a hat-trick and added an assist and put up a stunning 11 goals and 7 assists over the 5 games. He would go on to be honoured as the player of the game in the final. Matt Hodgins, however, actually bested Worby in the game, recording 5 points while playing from the back end. Hodgins got a goal and four assists. His goal, in particular, was a thing of beauty as he blasted a slapshot from the right point past the goalie's blocker on the far side. The shot was straight from PK Subban's playbook, and Hodgins beamed like the Nashville superstar after getting his goal. Matt DiCicco likewise had a good game, posting two goals and an assist on the night and totalling 7 goals and 5 assists for the weekend. DiCicco also was crowned the player of the game on the basis of his hard work, especially for one particularly nice turnover he caused on the backcheck.

In the third game Saturday evening, the Hawks faced what proved to be their stiffest test, as North London B6 played a tight game defensively and their goalie Harrison Silcox turned in an outstanding effort. But the Hawks kept the pressure on and grinded out four goals to North London's one, three of which came off the stick of Worby while Hodgins chipped in one. The defence for the Hawks was likewise outstanding in this game and had a strong weekend all around, as evidenced by the fact the Hawks only allowed three goals over the three days. Jacob Grover, in particular, had a strong night. He didn't get on the scoreboard but he did do an amazing job holding the puck in at the blueline. Grover came into his own this weekend, moving the puck safely up ice, both up his strong side and on occasion up the weak side, taking slappers from the point, and even, on several occasions, rushing with the puck. Grover moreover chipped in offensively, if not in this game, tallying four assists for the weekend.

The fourth game, Sunday morning, was the semi-final match against Forest Green, who gave a good account of themselves and played with much more grit and determination than in the 15-0 drubbing they suffered on Friday. Still, the Hawks found a way to win, as Read got his first goal of the season and Nathan Senese bulged the twine for the first time in the Tourney. Read's goal came off a very pretty play by Worby, who dangled around a defender before faking a shot, freezing the goalie, and sliding the puck to his wide-open left-winger who was charging hard to the net. All Read had to do was make contact and he did, much to his joy. Senese played a great two-way game all weekend, earning player of the game honours in game #3, and put up a goal and three assists, while showing a renewed commitment to back-checking that bore fruit, breaking up several rushes for Forest Green. Cole Chick likewise played with conviction, putting pressure on the defence with a hard forecheck that led to several turnovers and a nice assist for Chick in the game. Chick also had some other highlights on the weekend, recording two goals and four assists and throwing the nicest bodycheck of the tourney behind the net in the final. Unfortunately, the victim of Chick's aggression was none other than Chick himself, as he inexplicably threw himself hard into the glass on the forecheck to the delight of the coaching staff. Callum Knapp, perhaps inspired by Chick's vim, also had a strong game, recording no fewer than 2 goals and 2 assists in this crucial match up to pad his tournament totals of 3 goals and 7 assists. Knapp's play earned him player of the game honours. When the buzzer went and the semi-final was over, the scoreboard showed West London 9, Forest Green 1.

And then came the final. The Hawks knew they had to play their best game to secure their place in the history books and they delivered, coming out charging against the Colts and never really giving them much hope of winning. Every time the Colts seemed like they might get an odd-man rush or some kind of break, there was a Hawk back-checking hard to take the puck away from them. This is a great lesson for the Hawks and their fans: the defence looked great on the weekend because the forwards were supporting them. Thus, when Walsh pinched in the third period and the puck scooted by him, for example, there was Hodgins coming back hard to save the day. Every Hawks player had at least one or two plays like this at some point this weekend and when the Hawks play with that kind of determination, they are a tough team to beat.
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