January 17, 2016 – The Bantam B1 Stingers were crowned tournament champions for the second time this season. The team won the 2016 Cougar Cup Bantam B division on the weekend of January 15-17, 2016.
The tournaments started off with a 2-2 tie against the host Gloucester B2 team. Goals were scored by Simon D. and Jake S. In the second game, the Stingers were victorious over Leitrim by a score of 3-1. Goals were scored by Brendan S, Felix D and Austin T. In the third game, the Stingers took on the EPR Fusion. They raced out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Simon D, David L and Felix D. The team then held on for a 3-1 victory, to move onto the semi-finals. The semi-final vs Ottawa Centre was a nail biter and the team’s biggest challenge. The pace was fast furious with end to end action throughout the game. The game was finally settled in double overtime. All Star Forward Matthew H was the hero for the Stingers this time, collecting both goals in a heart stopping 2-1 victory. The finals saw the Stingers matched up versus the previously undefeated home team, Gloucester B1. Ethan C opened the scoring in the 1st period, with the Cougars quickly tying the game minutes later. The Stingers then got late 3rd period goals from Craig A and Jake S to take the lead. The team then held on for the 3-1 victory to take home the hardware. Game MVP for the Stingers went to Austin T. Hustler of the game went to Ethan C. Overall, the team had an amazing weekend. In the skills competition, the Stingers took home the Agility Relay race. The team was also represented in the All Star game by 3 players: Matthew H, Craig A and Isaac F.
Special thanks to the coaching staff for all their great work and having the kids ready to play all weekend, as well as organizing the kids for the All Star game and skills competition.