Memories That Last A Lifetime!
Without a doubt the best part about Nationals each and every year are the amazing memories that are created. Whether it's a great goal, a National Championship won, friendships made, or one like we had in the 40 & Over Championship game, they are all special.
As a dad myself, I cherish every single minute that I get to spend with my kids, and watching Phil Saunders bring his two children Wyatt (who will be playing in the Cub Division with the Detroit Mission Stars starting Tuesday) and Bella on to the rink to get his medal for him was truly a special moment that I am sure Phil remember for years to come. Check out this photo of Phil and Bella during our awards ceremony.
Now on to the hockey played so far today, all I can say is WOW! We've awarded 3 Championship Trophies today already, in the Women's division Tour Roadrunners burried 2 empty net goals to seal their victory over the Detroit Mission Stars 5-2. While we only had 3 teams in the division this year, it was truly the most balanced division I've seen. The Mission Bauer Bordercats lost 1-0 in a shootout this morning to the Roadrunners in a winner heads to the championship round robin game, and every game but the opener in that division was a 1 goal game. In 30 & Over Detroit Mission Stars continued their medal run by downing Alkali Arsenal 9-2, and 40 & Over was taken home by the Can-Am Stars 4-3 in Overtime. Geoff Charbeneau scored the game winner beating the divisions top goalie Don Kortright with a backhander 5 minutes into the OT.
One last thing before I head down for the Men's Aluminum Championship is the Peewee AAA Skills Competition winners:
Sniper - Adam Goodes (Detroit Mission Stars)
Fastest Skater - Luke Rosendale
Goalie - Robert Kowalczyk (Detroit Mission Stars)
Good luck to everyone finishing up today, we'll be back in a bit with the playoff breakdowns in Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, and D1!