Minor Atom Halton Hurricanes Go Undefeated at the 2013 Preston International Hockey Tournament
Monday, January 21, 2013
Halton, ON: -
The Minor Atom Halton Hurricanes had a great weekend at the Preston Invitational Tournament.
Their journey started against the top team from the Alliance: The Waterloo Wolves. It was a very conservative game as both teams were very defensive and there were not many opportunities for offence. The Hurricanes were able to score early in the third period for the 1-0 shutout victory. In the second game of the tournament the Canes faced a hot defensive Markham Waxers squad. The Canes did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard scoring twice in the opening frame. The Halton team was not done - they added two more in the second period for a commanding 4-0 lead. Then the Canes ran into penalty problems having to kill nine minor penalties in the last two periods. The Waxers never quit and made it a exciting finish as Halton came out victorious 4-3. In their final round robin game, the Canes played a rejuvenated Toronto Red Wings team and were able to get the win in a 2-1 victory.
After the Round Robin, Halton earned the number one seed and faced a very fast and balanced Huron Perth Lakers team. Once again the Canes came flying out of the gate with two quick goals for a two nothing lead. After killing five minor penalties including a full two min 5-3, the Lakers solved Haltonís net minder to make it a 1 goal game. Halton responded less than a minute later to give themselves a two goal cushion. The hardworking Lakers team did not give up and continued to press and tied the game with 2:23 left in the third. Halton and Huron Perth exchanged chances in the first overtime period and Halton put it away on a beautiful goal in double OT. With the victory Halton had a date with the 7th ranked team in Ontario, the Ajax Raiders. This was a rematch of last yearís final at the Preston Tournament which Ajax won 1-0 in double OT. The game started with both teams exchanging scoring chances and both teams were solid in net. The Canes got the first goal of the game on the power play for a 1-0 late in the second period. Ajax was on a 5-3 power play and as their 5-3 opportunity came to an end with 10.5 seconds left in the second they tied the game at one apiece. The third period solved nothing as the teams headed into overtime. The game was very tense and you could feel the excitement in the arena as the teams entered the second overtime period. You could see the fatigue on the boys but with 26 seconds left in double OT Halton was able to score a goal that was generated from hard work and determination to give the team the championship.
Congratulations to the Ajax Raiders for a great run, great job by the Preston Tournament organizing committee on a well run tournament. Once again congratulations to the Minor Atom Halton Hurricanes and their coaching staff for a great tournament win.
Submitted by Halton Hurricanes Minor Atom
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