December 11, 2016 – The BANTAM A BLACKBURN STINGERS were crowned Champions in the 12th Annual Holiday House League Tournament presented by the West End Hockey League and the Kanata Minor Hockey Association, held at the Bell’s Sensplex. In the first game versus the KANATA HOUSE LEAGUE HEROES the Stingers were down 3-1 after two periods of play. However, the team rallied to even out the score in the third period to walk away with a tie which grew the team’s confidence. In game two, facing the LAKESHORE TIGERS, they won the game with a score of 5-0. The team’s momentum kept building. The following day, they played their third round robin game against the SOUTH END CAPITALS and defeated them with a score of 7-0. This was enough to provide the Stingers first place overall and a Bye to the Semi Finals.The next opponent in the semifinals was the ORLEANS RUSH A2. At this point, The Stingers were like a freight train and came out on top with a 7-2 victory. The finals were against the ALMONTE THUNDER. The Thunder had only let in 3 goals in their 4 previous games of play while scoring 14 goals against their opponents. The Stingers were in for a challenge. The first period was a little worrisome for the Blackburn fans as Almonte scored the first goal of the contest. However, this would be proven to be their last as the boys took over and scored 5 unanswered goals to win the championship game with a final score of 5-1.
The success came from everyone playing very well and some excelling. The Matt, Nick and Jaden line lead the way with tremendous efforts in every shift and scoring the lion’s share of the goals. The Stingers came away from the tournament with 27 goals and only allowing 6 in 5 games.
A special thanks goes to the coaching staff and trainer for keeping the players focused and ready before, between and during the games.
Way to Go Stingers!!!