Three OMHA Teams Compete at 2012 Ontario Winter Games
Monday, March 12, 2012
Three Pewee AAA teams from Brampton, Peterborough and Oakville took to the ice to represent the Ontario Minor Hockey Association at the 2012 Ontario Winter Games in Collingwood. Teams from the Northern Ontario Hockey Association, Alliance Hockey, the Greater Toronto Hockey League and the Ottawa District Hockey Association faced off against OMHA teams in Midland at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre.
The Peterborough Pete’s were on the losing end of three closely contested games. They opened the tournament against the Toronto Marlboros, losing 5-3. Their second game was a barn burner as the Nickel City Sons scored the go ahead goal half way through the third to seal the victory by a score of 2-1. The Pete’s final game against OMHA rival, Brampton would be the Pete’s final game of the tournament as the 4-0 loss would eliminate them from having a chance at the semi-finals.
The Oakville Rangers faced the London Knights in their first game of the Ontario Winter Games. The Knights buried two goals in under a minute, half way through the third and would hold on to take their first victory of the tournament, 3-1. Oakville would bounce back, defeating the Thunder Bay Kings in their second game by a score of 3-2. The Rangers came out flying in their third game, up two going into the third, they could not hold on as the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven tied it up with 1:09 left in the game. The game would end in a tie and eliminate Oakville from moving on in the tournament.
Brampton faired best of the three OMHA teams compiling a dominate win again the Nickel City Sons on Thursday afternoon by a score of 4-0. The second game started out similar to the first as they netted two quick goals and jumped out to a 2-0 lead but could not find another goal the rest of the game, losing 6-2 to the Toronto Marlboros before defeating Peterborough, 4-0 later in the day.
Brampton would go on to face London in Semi-final #1, losing 1-0 in a great goaltender battle. Semi-final #2 saw Toronto slide by Ottawa by a score of 5-2, setting up a Toronto – London battle on Sunday morning. In the bronze medal game, it was Ottawa edging out Brampton 4-3 in the most exciting game of the tournament. The Battalion tied the game with only 1:30 left in the third but it was not to be as the Silver Seven charged back with a late goal of their own with less than one second left on the clock to win the bronze medal. In the finals, Toronto pushed past London 2-0 for the victory.
For more information on the Ontario Winter Games, visit www.ontariowintergames.com .
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