submitted by Dan Piche
The Kemptville Panthers Peewee Rep B team made a series of it, but in the end, the combined team from North and South Dundas emerged as champions, winning the Upper Canada District Minor Hockey league final series 3 games to 1.
With Kemptville representing the West, and North Dundas representing the East, both teams were deserved finalists as each team had won both the regular season and playoffs for their respected divisions. During the regular season, Kemptville had the upper hand in head to head match-ups winning both games, but it was North Dundas that won the overall season standings, edging Kemptville by 1 point overall.
The teams entered the finals on a high note as both were undefeated in the playoffs. Kemptville eliminated both Brockville and South Grenville, winning both series 2 games to none. In the finals, North Dundas won the first two games, Kemptville won the third, and North Dundas won the final game played in front a packed arena in Winchester.
That does not mark the end of the season as both teams have been invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions the weekend of April 8 to 10. This tournament will be played by all the various league winners located throughout Eastern Ontario.
The finals were well attended as families, friends and many minor hockey supporters in both communities filled the arenas – the atmosphere was great! The players and coaches would like to thank all of the families and supporters who came out to support the players. The boys were thrilled at the opportunity to play in front of these large crowds.
A special thank you goes out to the local corporate sponsors which made the season a possibility. In addition to individual game sponsors, our corporate sponsors were: Harvex, Syngenta, Richard Marion Construction, Outer Creations and Dr. Michael A Rorke Dentistry.
Back Row: Lincoln Tym (coach), Evan Davidson, Nik Pynn, Nick Ferrie (trainer), Ethan Mrion, Owen Grundy, Dan Piche (coach) Carson Ferrie, Daren Stephenson, (coach)
Middle Row: Nicholas Campeau, Julian Luberto, Joshua Price, Alex Tym, Joshua Foley, Simon Piche, Eric Tackaberry, Cameron Durie
Front Row: Miller Salberg, Filani Olotu, Mason Felix, Troy Brien