Delhi Tournament, News, Novice LL1, , 2011-2012 (New Hamburg Hockey Association)

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Submitted By John Barr on Saturday, December 31, 2011
New Hamburg Home Hardware Novice LL 1 Huskies had great results for their first tournament this year.

Our first game saw us playing Tillsonburg the past tournament champs three years in a row. Simon Van Rooyen tied the game in the first with a pass from Matt Eddy. Defensive players Connor Needham and Liam Buck covered off their rushing defensive partners well numerous times which resulted with Ayden Norley rushing with a pass from Keith Hunter to tie the game at 2 in the second. Thomas Gaille, Kyle Barr and Van Rooyen kept the peddle down and where able to tie the game for a final 3-3 tie when Van Rooyen did his signature top shelf shot.

The Huskies saw their second game against Six Nation's a big aggressive team. It was true grit from Tanner Snyder, Jesse Fay and Presley Schaub that frustrated the other team with numerous turnovers that Norley and Van Rooyen capitalized on twice. Jack Wheeler and Josh Carey kept Six Nations at bay from Josh Felder who was stopping a barrage of shots. A picture perfect tape to tape pass from Barr in the corner for Van Rooyen's front net one timer sealed the Huskies 3-1 victory.

Going into the Semi's we drew Six Nation again. The boys knew to make it into the finals a win would be needed and stepped up to the plate large. Shaun Zwosta held the line defensively on a number of plays. Ben Herrle's hustle and faceoff winning let Keith Hunter's corner digging enable a pass for Norley who netted the Dogs first goal. Thomas Gaille's placement in front of the offensive net saw Van Rooyen's pass for the second goal. Just to be fair Gaille and Van Rooyen reversed roles for the third goal. Hunter scored the Huskies fourth with a pass from Norley on the point in the Nation's end. Eddy cleared the puck from our end and used the boards to his advantage to gain access to open ice and a rush for the fifth and final 5-0 victory. Josh Felder was outstanding with many glove and body slide saves for his shutout.

With the victory the Huskies advanced to the final to play Tillsonburg once again for the championship. Tillsonburg was a fast physical skating team that saw two rushes net them two goals early in the first. The Huskie boy's dug deep and fought hard in the corners for possession. Their determination never waiver whatever the board showed and played for the love of the game. The offensive players rushed ever opportunity and Kyle Barr's pass to Tanner Snyder saw the dogs on the board. With three minutes to go Josh Felder who had kept us within contention was pulled for the extra man advantage. Tillsonburg played the last three minutes perfectly without giving the Huskies one more opportunity and netted a 2-1 win as a result. The coaching staff is extrememly proud of the Huskies team maturity and work ethic. For many on the team this was their first tournament ever. Congratulations Huskies on your Finalist placement.

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