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Triple Crown!

As the Midget BB team stepped on the ice for the final time in the 2018-2019 season, they were playing for the prestigious title of Provincial Champions. One final game, one final mission.  This final mission also held the opportunity to accomplish the rare feat of what we are calling our own “triple crown”… International Silver Stick Champions, LLFHL Division Champions and of course, Provincial Champions. Triple Crown champs they are!

 

This season was a golden one. It all began in September with the Oakville Harvest Classic.
Five games, five wins and momentum to begin the regular season with their first gold
medal around their necks. The team went six for six at Barrie Sharkfest and were crowned
champs. International Silver Stick was a title the girls wanted more than anything yet.
It was there that we fell to Woodstock in round robin play and learned from our mistakes.
The girls faced the same rival in the gold medal game and came out victorious!

Regular season brought many wins, several learning experiences and the chance to grow
as a team. With a record of 20-1-1, the title of regular season champions was theirs,
which came with a bye to round two of LLFHL playoffs. The girls would face Wallaceburg
in round two. Two ties and finally a win sent them to round three to play a strong Lakeshore
team. It took three games to determine it would be the Heat who were heading to
Championship Weekend to compete with the best of the best!

Championship Weekend, the league finals where every team competing is going to test your
limits, push your boundaries and make you work for it. Of the five games, these girls came
out with three wins, a tie and one loss. That would be enough to find ourselves playing for
gold against the same Woodstock team we faced for gold in Silver Stick. It was an edge of
your seat game, full of end to end action, amazing saves, fantastic play making and a whole
lot of determination. The game ended with a score of 1-0 in favour of the Huron Heat.
We were victorious once again!

Provincials – the biggest tournament of the year. Host to 572 teams in total, 24 in our division
alone. Round robin play included three games. The girls did what they needed to do to come
out with all wins but sitting only +6, it would go to tie breaker rules to determine whether or
not we would get a bye to the quarter finals. Thanks to our outstanding net-minders and the
skaters in front of them, we won that tie breaker with fewer goals against. We met a strong
Markham-Stouffville team in the quarter finals and it proved to be a tough battle.
This game ended with a 2-1 victory and the opportunity to play in the semi-finals on Sunday
morning. We would face the North Bay Ice Boltz, the team who finished first overall with all
wins and a +14 goal differential. The girls mentally prepared for what would be a fast game
against a team who clearly knew how to put the puck in the net. Just over a minute into the
game, the Heat got on the score board and followed up with a second goal not long after.
The Ice Boltz answered back with a rocket from the point. Fortunately, we’ve got our own
players who can also take some stellar point shots and we scored one of our own to make it
3-1. The Heat was building momentum and the Ice Boltz started showing their frustration.
Some beautiful play making made it 4-1 for the Heat and the girls just kept bringing their best
hockey every minute of every shift. An empty netter would seal the deal and send us to the
gold medal game where we would face our league rivals, Lakeshore Lightening. With some nerves,
the Heat seemed to get off to a shaky start but nothing that a coaching pep talk after the first
period couldn’t fix. The second period brought stronger passes, better plays, harder shots.
We were up 2-1 heading into the final period of play. A power play goal gave us a 3-1 lead
and the drive to finish strong. As the Heat picked up the pace, the Lightening kept battling it
out but couldn’t keep up. We went ahead 4-1 with five minutes left and spent the remainder of
the game controlling the puck, knowing we were oh so close to tasting victory once again.
The buzzer sounded, the dedicated fans were on their feet and the team celebration began.

Provincial Champions!!

These athletes never cease to amaze us. It takes grit, guts and the willingness to grind it out.
These girls have that. When they need to rise to the occasion, they always do – with skill,
talent and work ethic. It takes dedication – to the sport, to their coaches, families, themselves,
and most of all, to each other. They have that too. We are all in awe. We are all so proud.

Thank you to our dedicated, knowledgeable and talented bench staff, Archie, Brittany, Mike,
Sara and Tom. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. 

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