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05.19.2017
Dollard, Montreal Machine, Pacific Storm, and Calgary Wild win the 14U Championships

Montreal Machine and Dollard capture Eastern National Championship titles, Pacific Storm and Calgary Wild crowned Western Champions

This past weekend saw the 14U Eastern and Western National Championships decided in Gatineau and Calgary. It was the largest ever field of 14U teams competing for the titles, with 29 teams total represented.

At the Western Championships in Calgary, clubs from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. were fighting for the girls and boys titles. In the boys division, the final came down to Fraser Valley vs. the Calgary Wild, with Fraser Valley aiming to repeat as champions. Both teams entered the final at 4-0 for the tournament, including semi-finals wins over tough opponents. Fraser Valley outlasted rivals Pacific Storm 15-11 while the Wild beat the tournament new comer Surrey Orcas 10-6, with a key 4th quarter run providing the separation. The final was tight from start to finish, with Fraser Valley jumping to the early lead, but Calgary using a three goal run over the 3rd and 4th quarters to turn a 5-3 deficit into a one goal lead. With just 30 seconds to play, Abhishant Tharmapala found the equalizer for Valley, and a shootout looked to be in the cards; but Wild would have one last possession to try and win the game with. Wild worked the ball around until with 9 seconds left, Quinn Koster had an opening; his shot would find the back of the mesh to give the Calgary Wild the 14U Boys Western National Championship.

The girls final followed immediately afterwards, and like the boys final, featured two undefeated teams squaring off. Pacific Storm, the defending champions, were up against the Edmonton Tsunami. There would be no last second decider in the girls final though, as Pacific Storm was simply too strong on the day. Led by Raha Peiravani’s four goals, three more by Ireland Choquette, and great goaltending from Cassandra Pereira, Pacific Storm were able to claim a 15-1 victory over Tsunami and capture their 2nd successive 14U Western Championship.

In the girls bronze medal game, the Calgary Mako claimed a medal for the host city, pulling out a 7-6 victory over Fraser Valley, delivered thanks in part to a last minute goal by Taylor Beaty. The boys bronze went to the Surrey Orcas, who triumphed over Pacific Storm 12-8.

The 14U Eastern National Championships were staged at the Centre-Sportif de Gatineau, in Gatineau QC. From the outset, a finals matchup between Quebec champions Montreal Machine and Ontario champions Mavericks Black seemed like the destined outcome. True to form, both teams went 4-0 through the preliminary round and semi-finals to book their spot in the gold medal game. The gold medal match also happened to be a rematch of the 16U Eastern Conference Championships that had taken place in Ottawa three weeks prior, and there were some familiar faces on each of the 14U teams. Scoring leader Leno Salamon and goaltender Gavin Williams had played crucial roles in qualifying the 16U Machine squad for the National Finals, while Lazar Todorovic and Sergije Vrbaski among others have played important roles in leading their Mavericks Black squad to an undefeated NCL campaign so far.

In the 14U final, Salamon and Williams would prove to be the difference in what was a fantastic game between the squads. Salamon scored seven goals in the 10-8 Machine victory, including six in a row from the 2nd to 4th quarter. Every time the Mavericks would pull within a goal of the Machine, Gavin Williams always seemed to shut the door at one end, and then Salamon would find a goal at the other end to restore the advantage. In the end, the Mavericks could not overcome that combo on the day, and the Montreal Machine were the 14U Eastern National Champions in their first year as an NCL club.

The women’s final was contested between defending champions Dollard and the KW Inferno, a rematch of last year’s final. To qualify for the final, the two teams had finished in 1st and 2nd after a tough four game round robin with the other three teams in the girls division. There were no easy games in the girls’ division, so just qualifying for the final was a great accomplishment in itself. With that being said, neither team was satisfied with just making the final, and what followed was a fantastic match between the two clubs. KW jumped to a 4-3 lead after one quarter, thanks in part to a goal with one second left by Cleo Ciciretto. In the 2nd quarter, KW would expand that lead to 7-4 and were looking strong heading into the half. At the start of the 3rd quarter, the Dollard coaching staff made a crucial switch, putting Serena Browne, who had scored two of DDO’s five goals, into the net, surmising that her goaltending skills were of more need at the moment. KW would put one past Browne less than a minute later, but from that point on, Browne would shut out KW. Browne’s presence certainly calmed DDO on the defensive end, put they were still in an 8-5 hole. Zoe Starzenski picked up some of the goal scoring slack for DDO, scoring her 3rd and 4th goals of the game in a row to bring Dollard within one in the 4th quarter. Dollard could not find the equaliser for much of the 4th quarter, but they were getting their chances. Finally, with under 2 minutes to go, Carly Howard tied the game with her 2nd of the game. With the momentum firmly on their side, DDO was now gunning for the win. An exclusion against Dollard shortly thereafter threatened to swing the game to KW, but DDO was able to turn defense into offense thanks to a great breakout pass from Serena Browne following a save. The pass found Ashley Ferguson streaking down the left side, and she was just able to squeeze the ball past KW keeper Teodora Mikic on the short side to provide the winning goal.

The girl’s bronze medal match featured Mavericks against the Montreal Machine. The game was a defensive showdown from start to finish, but especially in the 2nd half. After Mavericks tied the game at three early in the 3rd quarter, neither team would score the rest of the way, necessitating a shootout. Mavericks keeper Daria Furtak would be the difference in the shootout, with her two saves (to go along with one more on a penalty shot from regulation) leading the way for Mavericks. In the boys’ bronze medal match, two 14U newcomers from Southern Ontario, Scarborough Shadow and Hamilton, squared off against on another. Shadow were able to pull out the victory and claim the bronze medal with an 8-5 victory.

14U West Final Results

Boys

  1. Calgary Wild
  2. Fraser Valley
  3. Surrey Orcas
  4. Pacific Storm
  5. Calgary Mako
  6. Team Prairie
  7. Manitoba
  8. Edmonton Tsunami
Girls

  1. Pacific Storm
  2. Edmonton Tsunami
  3. Calgary Mako
  4. Fraser Valley
  5. Regina Armada
  6. Calgary Renegades
  7. Team Prairie
  8. Calgary Seawolves

14U East Final Results

Boys

  1. Montreal Machine
  2. Mavericks Black
  3. Scarborough Shadow
  4. Hamilton
  5. Dollard
  6. CAMO
  7. Capital Wave
  8. Mavericks Red

Girls

  1. Dollard
  2. KW Inferno
  3. Mavericks
  4. Montreal Machine
  5. Capital Wave

Awards Winners

14U West

Girls

Most Valuable Player: Raha Peiravani, Pacific Storm
Most Valuable Goalie: Zoe Delys Weselake, Calgary Mako
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Alia Burlock, Edmonton Tsunami
Most Valuable Coach: Jordan Boonzaayer, Pacific Storm

Boys

Most Valuable Player: Ethan Benoit, Fraser Valley
Most Valuable Goalie: Tom Dunlop, Calgary Wild
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Luka Jeftic, Calgary Wild
Most Valuable Coach: Benji Brunner, Calgary Wild

14U East

Girls

Most Valuable Player: Serena Browne, Dollard
Most Valuable Goalie: Daria Furtak, Mavericks
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Sarah August, KW Inferno
Most Valuable Coach: Bailey Hardy, Dollard

Boys

Most Valuable Player: Leno Salamon, Montreal Machine
Most Valuable Goalie: Gavin Williams, Montreal Machine
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Lazar Todorovich, Mavericks Black
Most Valuable Coach: Fedja Aviljas, Mavericks Black

 
 
 
 

 


 
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