Grimsby 2001 Kings win Bell Capital Cup!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Grimsby Peach Kings -
The 2001 Grimsby Peach Kings travelled to the Nation`s Capital over the holidays to compete in the prestigious Bell Capital Cup.
During the 5 day long hockey festival the team competed in 6 games, a skills competition, a select few in the Allstar game and the tournament was capped off with the finals played at the ScotiaBank Place, home of the Ottawa Senators.
The action got underway on Friday when the 2 KINGS teams met. The Grimsby Kings out smarted Toronto`s Leaside Kings in the opening chess match with a 4-0 win. MVP honours went to Max Brook with the shutout and Bryce Arnold earned the Hardest Worker award.
Saturday morning action had Grimsby against the Kanata Blazers. The Blazers were a strong firey team but the Kings ousted the Blazers 3-1. Ethan Wellings earned MVP honours scoring 2 beautiful end to end rushing goals and Luke LeMessurier earned the Hardest Worker award.
Saturday afternoon was for 1st place for Pool D against the very tough Osgoode Rideau Romans. The Kings dominated the thrown again and sent the Romans packing to the wild card game with a 3-0 victory. Max Brook earned the shutout, Christian Ferrante earned the game MVP award and the Hardest Worker went to Logan Toldi.
Finishing with a perfect 3-0 record during the Round Robin games the Kings next opponent was the Mississippi Thunder Kings for the quarter final match. With only room for one true King to advance the Kings from Grimsby stole the thunder with a 3-1 win. Cam McPherson stood tall in net with Christian Stevens earning MVP award and Jack Baran receiving the Hardest Worker honours.
The Semi Final match was against the #1 seeded Ottawa West Golden Knights. Grimsby firing on all cylinders this game dominated the Knights putting a chink in their armour with a solid team perfomance, winning 4-2. The game`s Hardest Worker was Michael Killins and the game MVP went to Maxim Ljuboja who scored the game winner.
Grimsby`s team goal was to reach the final to have the chance to play on the same ice as the Ottawa Senators. The boys were treated like pro`s upon entrance in the Scotia Bank Place. The dream to compete where some of today`s NHL greats have laced up truly was an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The Championship game had Grimsby Kings versus the Ottawa Sting who were ranked #2 heading into the tournament. Grimsby got off to a slow start and ran into some penalty trouble allowing the Sting to swarm attack Grimsby numerous times. Grimsby held off the Sting and Logan Toldi scored in the 2nd frame to put Grimsby up 1-0.
Grimsby started the 3rd period shorthanded, as the hometown refs called 6 minors against Grimsby and zero against the Sting. Ottawa scored on the power play only 2 minutes into the final frame to tie the game 1-1 and the game ended tied during regulation time.
With OT needed the game went to 4on4 action. Grimsby the underdogs of the tournament only needed 1 minute and 31 seconds as Logan Toldi split the Ottawa Sting defence and deeked the goalie to seal the win. The bench erupted and the players pilled on the Logan in jubilation. It was a remarkable game and credit goes to both teams for hard fought game. The hardest worker went to Cam MacPherson who was solid between the pipes. The 2nd star of the game went to Christian Stevens and the 1st star was clearly Logan Toldi who scored both Grimsby goals including the game winner.
Special thanks goes the Bell Capital Cup Tournament organizers and hundreds of volunteers who make it happen. It truly is the "Worlds Premier Hockey Tournament".
Thanks also goes to Grimsby`s Team Manager, Joe Ferrante for coordinating everything the way he does. He too is 2nd to no one. Thanks to all the families and grandparents who attending the unforgettable hockey festival.
Submitted by James Brook
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