PARRY SOUND - The annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Classic hockey tournament with eight Peewee and 12 Bantam teams provided some exciting sports entertainment this past weekend at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.
The Fowler Construction Peewees and coaching staff pose with championship banner and trophy after going undefeated in five games to win Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Classic Tournament. Front row, from left, Ethan Rodger, Connor Lewis, Casey Stevens, Cole Willis, and Tomaz Cigler. Back row, from left, Hayden Priaulx (stick boy), Seth Norman, Dawn Connor (manager), Leif Wilson, Joel Bishop, Rob Stevens (trainer), Lyle Archer, Tim McWhirter (coach), Connor Davidson, Michael Evans, Jayden Blower, Ethan Priaulx, Brian Henry (assistant coach), Aiden Dudas.
The Fowler Construction Peewee’s went undefeated in the tournament and thus earned the title of tournament champions. The tournament officially began with the Parry Sound team hosting the visiting team from Cambridge.
Taylor Willis, younger sister to Cole Willis who plays wing on the Fowler Construction team, opened the tournament with her spirited rendition of Oh Canada to an enthusiastic crowd.
Cambridge provided Parry Sound with an aggressive game, but Parry Sound got control of the game early with a Casey Stevens’ goal, followed by two goals from Aiden Dudas and a fourth goal by Ethan Priaulx as they recorded a 4-2 win. Connor Davidson, Connor Lewis and Dudas all got assists while Priaulx added three assists for a four point game.
The home team next took on Georgian Shores.
All three forward lines were strong and backed by a solid defence in an 8-1 victory.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the game came as Seth Norman recorded his first goal of the year after taking a centering pass from Aiden Dudas and beating the net-minder high over his shoulder.
Norman later fought off defenders behind the Georgian Shore net and was able to control the puck and feed Michael Evans who was sitting in the slot for an easy goal.
In addition to Norman’s and Evans’ goals, Dudas recorded yet another hat trick, while Stevens connected twice on quick passing plays through the slot and Leif Wilson chalked up another goal. Assists came from Jayden Blower (2), Evans (2), Dudas (2), Norman, Tomaz Cigler(2), Lyle Archer, Priaulx, and Davidson.
Prince Edward County was the next opponent for our PeeWee’s but they too could not keep up with the passing plays and solid defence and goaltending as Parry Sound finished the round robin with three wins after the 4-2 victory.
Joel Bishop scored the first goal of the game with a rocket wrist shot from the point while Archer added a single with Stevens once again getting two over the goal line. Dudas assisted on all four goals while Stevens, Archer and Blower also recorded assists.
The semi-final game against Oshawa Sunday morning proved to be as exciting and aggressive as expected. However, Parry Sound once again came out victorious with a 5-0 victory.
Goaltender Ethan Rodger made at least three stunning saves to help seal the victory with his shutout.
Dudas scored twice as did Stevens who made some remarkable extra effort plays around the defence to jam the puck past the goalie. Cole Willis also scored on a nice three way play with his teammates Archer and Wilson. Assists came from Bishop(2), Archer, Wilson, Lewis and Stevens. Archer failed to score on a breakaway by just missing the top corner of the net – by 15 feet – but it was one of several highlights of the win.
A packed house was the scene for the championship final against South Muskoka. With these teams tying in their one regular season game so far, it promised to be a close match and the fans were not disappointed.
Opened the scoring
Dudas opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted effort. Parry Sound soon after took a penalty but seconds into killing that penalty, Dudas showed his remarkable acceleration skills by overtaking the South Muskoka defender, lifting his stick and passing to Stevens in the slot who blasted it by the South Muskoka goaltender.
Ben Fox was solid in net and helped maintain the 2-0 lead until the third period when South Muskoka closed the gap to make it a 2-1 game and pulled out all the stops to get the tying goal.
Parry Sound responded by controlling the play despite the physical assaults against them and killed off penalties to hang on for a 2-1 victory and thereby became the first Parry Sound team to become champions of this tournament.
The boys will be able to look at the championship banner with pride for years to come.