Peewees represent at international tourney
Top scorer award.
Fowler Construction coach Tim McWhirter presents Casey Stevens with the Top Scorer Trophy from the Bell Capital Cup 23-Team Major Peewee A Tournament. Stevens scored seven goals and three assists in this international tournament held in Ottawa over the holidays.
January 9, 2013
OTTAWA - The Fowler Construction Peewees participated in the Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa over the Christmas holidays.
This international atom to peewee tournament is arguably the largest of its kind in the world. Three hundred and eighty teams from a number of countries played in several divisions from major triple ‘A’ to house league. The Shamrocks, a blended ‘B’ centre, played in the major ‘A’ division, which was comprised of 23 teams, including teams from Virginia, California and Finland. Parry Sound can be proud of how the Shamrocks performed on and off the ice.
The tournament was officially opened with an all star game. Goalie Ben Fox, defenceman Connor Lewis and forward Connor Davidson represented the Shamrocks and their team won 6-4 in this fast game. Meanwhile, an Ottawa Citizen reporter interviewed a number of the boys as well as coach Tim McWhirter about their food drive effort that collected over 1,200 pounds of food in our community. The December 30 Ottawa Citizen featured a two-third-page article and photo on the Shamrocks.
Parry Sound first met an Ottawa area team, the Nepean Raiders, in a very fast and close game. Casey Stevens (Aiden Dudas, Joel Bishop) opened the scoring in the second period and then notched his second of the game (Dudas, Lewis) in the later in that period.
However, Nepean scored twice in the last minute of the second frame to even the score. Michael Evans (Stevens) fired a hard shot from the slot that allowed the Shamrocks to regain the lead, a minute before Nepean tied up the game again. Stevens (unassisted) completed his hatrick and ensured a win with a goal in the last minute of the game. Casey Stevens won MVP honours and Ai den Dudas won the Hard Worker Award.
Game 2 pitted the Shamrocks against a talented team from Richmond, Virginia. This time Parry Sound fell behind early, but Bishop (unassisted) sent a high shot from the point into the top corner to even the score late in the first. Stevens (Evans) scored a power play goal early in the second frame and then Stevens converted on a passing play that included all five Shamrocks to score his second of the game (Dudas, Davidson). Richmond made it a 3-2 game in the last minute of the second but neither team scored in the third giving the Shamrocks their second win. Joel Bishop earned the team’s MVP award while the Hard Worker medal went to Connor Davidson.
The next day, the Shamrocks went into their final game of their round robin against a local team, the Gloucester/Orleans. Although Parry Sound was guaranteed to move ahead to the quarterfinals, they came out strong with Ben Fox playing a stellar game in net.
They played a scoreless first period before Dudas opened the scoring early in the second (Stevens, Davidson). Stevens (Dudas) marked the second goal 25 seconds later, before having the lead cut to 2-1 by the end of the second. Davidson (Stevens) scored a goal from his knees to make it a 3-1 game early in the third. Dudas (Davidson) scored his second of the game midway through the period. In a curious move, the opposing coach pulled his goalie during a power play and Tomaz Cigler (unassisted) found the empty net on a long shot from the Parry Sound blue line. Stevens (Dudas) completed the scoring for a 6-1 win. Leif Wilson took the team’s MVP title for the game while Connor Lewis earned the Hardest Worker Award.
The Shamrocks took part in a skills competition immediately after the game, before taking on the Ottawa Sting in the quarterfinal.
Ottawa fielded a large and fast team, who opened the scoring midway through the first. Stevens (Dudas) scored a nice goal to even the score before Ottawa got the go-ahead goal with 11 seconds left in the period. Stevens (Davidson, Jayden Blower) evened the game early in the second and then Leif Wilson (Dudas) found the net from the slot late in the second frame.
However, the first 34 seconds of the third were disastrous for Parry Sound, as Ottawa scored 12 seconds into the period, and again 22 seconds later to take the lead.
With Parry Sound pushing hard, Ottawa scored an insurance goal with 47 seconds left to take a 5-3 victory and in so doing eliminated the Shamrocks from the tournament. Jayden Blower won the MVP trophy for the Shamrocks while Ethan Priaulx was given the Hard Worker medal.
Ottawa went on to win their semi-final game and lose a close 2-0 decision to the Ottawa West Golden Knights in the championship game held at Scotiabank Place, even though the Sting outshot the Golden Knights 16-7.
At the close of the championship game, the announcer identified that Casey Stevens of the Parry Sound Shamrocks won the trophy for top scorer for the 23-team division (seven goals, three assists). Aiden Dudas (two goals, five assists) was in a four-way tie for the second highest number of points in the tournament.
The skills competition included a powerplay challenge (three-on-one competition), breakaway relay, agility relay, relay race and target shooting with all players involved in at least one event. Parry Sound had winners in two of the events.
Ethan Rodger won the trophy for top goalie in the breakaway relay, while the line of Aiden Dudas-Casey Stevens-Connor Lewis won trophies for their offensive play in the powerplay challenge.
There can be no argument that the boys from Parry Sound performed extremely well on the ice during play.
However, it is just as satisfying to report that a referee remarked to coach McWhirter that the Shamrocks were the most sportsmanlike team he had seen in the tournament.
The winning coach from the Ottawa Sting also indicated how impressed he was with the sportsmanship shown by our boys after the game.
Given the scope of this tournament, these comments reflect just how well this Peewee team reflects on themselves and coaching staff but also on our own community.
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