Marlboro Teams Continue to Capture Gold
Over the Holiday tournament week 6 teams represented the Club at various venues.
The Minor Midgets, Major Bantams and Minor Bantams all participated in the prestigious host Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic. After advancing through the Conference Finals the Minor Midgets met Kitchener Rangers in the Grand Championship; a solid, but somewhat, cinderella team. Much to the Rangers’ credit they defeated the number one and two seeds, Toronto Titans and Jr. Canadiens to reach the Finals. In the finals against the Marlboros, the legs were just not there for Kitchener. The outcome of the game was a 3-0 victory in Marlboros favor with Ben Jones, a projected high OHL draft pick being selected MVP. Look out for the Rangers in the OHL Cup in March.
The game went on at a furious pace with the Rebels getting a power play in the last couple of minutes in the game. The Marlboros came with a big penalty kill and now going into the last minute of the game with the Rebels pulling their goalie. Toronto Marlboros Zack Young intercept a neutral ice pass and drives home the Victory with a 2-0 empty netter. Goaltender Elliott Tang was selected Tournament MVP.
In the round robin we only gave up 1 point to a hot Clarington goalie who stopped 50 + shots for 1 – 1 tie that went into overtime. The team finished as the second seed and set up a great quarter finals match against Ottawa Senators. The Sens came out hard in the first two periods and rolled a full bench against us. In the end the boys stood their ground and came out with a 3 – 0 win.
The semi finals matched us up against the Mississauga Reps and made it the 7th time we have faced them this year. It was a spirited contest with us coming up with a 4 – 1 win.
The Grand championship was the match up most people predicted. Marlies vs. Chicago Mission. With some unbelievable saves from Connor Mckenzie and two highlight reel goals from Lleyton Moore the boys went up 3-0 going into the 3rd. Mission came out strong in the last period but could only put together 1 goal late in the game on a 6 on 4. The team won their 3rd tournament in a row and their 40th straight game without a lost! Connor Mckenzie and Lleyton Moore were the tournament MVP’s.
In other action the Minor Pee Wee team at the Richard Bell Tournament reached the semi-finals before being eliminated by Don Mills and the Minor Bantam team reached the quarter- finals before bowing out to Mississauga Senators.
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