November 30, 2015 – The Blackburn Bantam B1 Stingers were crowned the champions of the Tournoi Des Collines provincial Tournament for the Bantam B division. The tournament was held in the Gatineau area, the weekend of November 27-29, 2015.
The tournament started with a victory over the one of the local teams, the Gatineau Barons. The team successfully won that game 6-3. Craig A. led the way with 4 points, including a hat trick in this game. Next up were the Lynx from St-Constant. The opponents were no match for the Stingers. The game was called due to the mercy, and an 8-1 victory for the Stingers. Will G., led the way with 3 points, including 2 goals. The final round robin game, was also an easy victory for the Stingers. They took this game 6-1 versus the Jets from St Hubert. Will G., had another big game with a hat trick in this one as well. The Stingers moved onto the Semi-Final, and were matched up against Gatineau, who were the wild-card entry. This game was not as close as the first game. The Stingers took the semi-final 5-0. Douglas Shepperd led the attack up front with a hat trick, and Isaac F. shut the door with a shutout. The final game was a mtachup of 2 teams that dominated their games upto this point. The Stingers took on the hometown team Les Coyotes Des Collines. After the player introductions and the national anthem, the Stingers raced out to an early lead, only 10 seconds into the game with Paul M. scoring for the Stingers. They kept it going with 2 more goals in the 1st period, with goals from Simon D. and Douglas S. After the first period, the home team fought back and showed quite a bit of character. They scored one in the second and early in the third, to make it close at 3-2. In the end, the Stingers held onto the victory and were serenaded as the Champions of the tournament.
It was a great effort by the entire team, with 12 players scoring a goal, and outscoring the opponents 28-7 in the 5 games. The kids worked hard every shift. A special thanks to the coaching staff who had the kids ready to play every game, every shift.