As the sun starts to rise a little earlier every morning and the temperatures start to rise, spring is in the air. This means it is time again for the annual Youth All-Ontario Cup held at the BHI St. Catharines location.
Championship Sunday saw a lot of local content from around Niagara as well as some visiting teams from outside the region. Old man winter was holding on during the early-April event as cold winds, and even snow squalls, were taking place outside the protective structure where the finals took place. Cameras were rolling for all the final games with commentary streaming live online.
First up was the bantam final, where the Niagara Knights were on a mission to take the trophy and top spot in the tournament. From the first whistle, the visiting Brantford team was out-matched in this contest, falling behind early and unable to recover. At the final buzzer, the Knights were victorious 9 – 1. Playing like a man possessed, Carson Eden lit the lamp four times and added three assists for a seven-point effort!
Next up was a much closer game between two fierce Niagara rivals in the Peewee Division; the (bright pink) Niagara Rampage versus the Welland Rebels. It was a back-and-forth contest with multiple lead changes but, in the end, the Rampage managed to hold off the surging Rebels. Nick Canjar (two assists) and Matt Gillardi (one goal and one assist) lead the way for the Rampage.
Action is just starting to heat up for BHI St. Catharines and Welland. With the spring leagues now under way, summer is just around the corner. In July, BHI Welland will be hosting the next event in the Youth All Ontario Cup Series, the JumpStart Jammer.