The Etobicoke Olympium (April 22-24) and the Guildford Recreation Centre (April 29-May 1) hosted the 2016 NCL Eastern and Western 14u Championships. The series of tournaments commenced with the preliminary round of the Eastern Girl’s Championship, featuring a close match between the York Mavericks and KW Inferno. The Mavericks lead this defensive match-up (2-0) at the half, only to be bested by 3 straight goals by KW Inferno to head to the Semi-Finals. There, Capital Wave faced-off in pursuit of the Gold Medal Game, only to lose (4-1) by the surging KW Inferno. Sarah August and Gracie Devitt each put up 2 goals in the first half, and with a strong defensive performance, Capital Wave was limited to only one goal.
The Capital Wave team bounced back in the Bronze Medal Game, scoring 7 straight against Dollard White, until Emma Chapman put her team on the board late in the 3rd quarter. The big lead and defensive play was too much for Dollard White to overcome, allowing Capital Wave to claim the Bronze medal with a final score of, 8-1.
The Gold Medal Game featured a dominant performance by Dollard Black over the momentum built KW Inferno. KW struggled to get the offense going early, which was not aided by the swarming Dollard Black defense. With KW struggling to get get on the board, Rose Kanemy, scoring 4 goals in the game, was able to lead her Dollard team to a 11-0 Championship victory.
The Eastern Boys featured and exciting quarter-final match between the Ottawa Titans and KW Inferno. With the Titans down by one with 1:15 remaining in the 4th quarter, Ethan Young scores his second of the game to tie it 4-4. With the clock winding down KW Inferno frantically tries to get on the board, when Issac Tanner gets the game winning goal, his second goal of the quarter, with 0:01 left in the game and winning 5-4.
After losing 11-8 against the York Mavericks in the Semi-Final after giving up an early lead, the KW Inferno faced-off against a promising Dollard team in the Bronze Medal Game. Tied at the half, Dollard came out with an explosive 3rd quarter, with Justin Côte scoring back-to-back goals to give his team the lead. Dollard would hold on to win the Bronze meal with a final score of 12-8 against KW Inferno.
The Gold Medal Game matchup between the York Mavericks and Tiburon featured a match similar to that of the Bronze. After a back and forth first half, tied at 4, the York Mavericks took command in the 3rd quarter with Lazar Todorovic scoring back-to-back goals, putting his team up by 2. This lead was enough for the defense to hold onto in the 4th quarter, winning the Championship 8-6 over Tiburon.
In the west, the boy’s championship began with multiple blowout performances in the preliminary round by Pacific Strom A, Calgary Mako, and Fraser Valley. Despite the great efforts by both Calgary Mako and Wild, Fraser Valley and Pacific Strom A took command early in the Semi-Final games, clearly ensuring their spot in the Championship Final, and forcing a Calgary-only Bronze Medal Game.
The Bronze medal game featured a Calgary showdown between Mako and Wild. With Mako going scoreless in the first quarter, Stephen (Adam) Windsor stepped up for his Calgary Wild team, scoring 4 in the first quarter, and 9 in the game. This performance was too much for Calgary Mako to match, giving the Wild the Bronze medal (13-6).
The Gold Medal Game featured a great match-up between two strong clubs, Fraser Valley and Pacific Storm A. Despite Oliver Kingsley taking an early disqualification, Pacific Storm had the lead by one after the first. The second quarter lead Fraser Valley’s, Andrew Cowie to score two go ahead goals going into the half. Despite the 5 goal game by Pacific Storm’s, Connor McMillan, Fraser Valley held the lead against the battling Pacific Storm team, with help from Ethan Benoit and Jonathan Tremblay who also had multiple goals. The Fraser Valley boys would go on to win the 14u West Championship (11-8).
On the girl’s side, the excitement seemed to follow the Calgary Mako team from the preliminary round to the medal games. The first of which was a close game between Mako and Fraser Valley, where Mako took an early 6-2 lead at the half, and was able to hold on for the win despite being completely scoreless against the Fraser Valley defense, with a final score (6-5). The second close game for Mako was the next match-up against Pacific Storm. With just over 1:30 remaining the the 4th quarter, Calgary Mako takes the lead only to give up a penalty and goal :10 seconds later to Pacific Storm’s Diba Peiravani to tie the game once again at (8-8). With :20 seconds remaining in the game, Peiravani scores again giving her the game winning goal, and a total of 6 in the game.
After the loss, Mako was set to face Saanich in the quarter-final. Despite being a close game throughout, Mako was able to build a 3 goal lead with just over 3:30 left to play. That’s when Chalonne Forsman from Saanich scores back to back goals within a minute to put her team within 1. With Mako battling defensively to hold the lead, Aneissa Bains from Saanich scores the game-tying goal with :40 seconds left to send the game to shootouts. Calgary Mako would go onto win the game, and head to the semi-finals thanks to amazing saves by goaltender, Gabriella Fisher.
In the semi-final, Mako faced-off against a strong Edmonton Thunderbirds team. With the game tied at the half, the Thunderbirds would take the lead in the 3rd to have a 2 goal lead going into the 4th quarter. Calgary Mako’s Katherine Lee, with 4 goals in the game, and Natasha Dykman would go onto score to tie the game at (7-7), with just over 2 minutes to play. With the Thunderbirds going on a power-play with a little over a minute left in the game, Alia Burlock scored the game winner to send her Thunderbird team to the final.
The Bronze Medal game featured a rematch of the preliminary round of Fraser Valley versus Calgary Mako. With under 4 minutes left to play in the game, Natasha Dykman ties the game at (6-6), scoring all the goals for her Mako team. With Fraser Valley on the power-play under a minute later, Vega Jones and Brynn Kampf comeback to score 2 goals and hold the lead for a (8-7) Bronze victory over the heartfelt performance Calgary Mako all weekend.
The weekend concluded with an exciting Gold Medal Game between Pacific Storm and Edmonton Thunderbirds. Pacific Strom was able to slowly build a lead in the first half only for the Thunderbirds to make a late 2nd quarter push to be behind by 1 at the half (7-6). With a defensive second half, the game was tied (8-8) with 3 minutes left to play. As the clock wound down to under :30 seconds left in the game, the Thunderbirds took a penalty, giving Pacific Storm’s Diba Peiravani her 4th goal of the game, and her team the Championship winning goal with a final score of (9-8).
The National Championship League and Water-polo Canada congratulate all athletes and clubs on their amazing effort, and all medal and athletic awards winners.
Western Conference Award Winners:
Most Valuable Player: Diba Peiravani, Pacific Storm
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Alia Burlock, Edmonton Thunderbirds
Most Valuable Goalie: Gabriella Fisher, Calgary Mako
Most Valuable Coach: Sam Donoghue, Pacific Storm
Most Valuable Player: Connor MacMillan, Pacific Storm
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Andrew Cowie, Fraser Valley
Most Valuable Goalie: Noah Thompson. Fraser Valley
Most Valuable Coach: Ian Mitchell, Fraser Valley
Eastern Conference Award Winners:
Most Valuable Player: Rose Kanemy, DDO Black
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Mackenzie Greco, Capital Wave
Most Valuable Goalie: Rory Girard, DDO White
Most Valuable Coach: Glenn Keelan, KW Inferno
Most Valuable Player: Leno Salamon, Tiburon
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Patrick Almassi, Mavericks
Most Valuable Goalie: Victor Schwanen, KW Inferno
Most Valuable Coach: Blake Christie, Ottawa Titans