By Darryl G. Smart
The Tillsonburg Tornadoes U18 team wanted to make an early impression on the 2021-22 hockey season.
It’s pretty safe to say that is exactly what they did this weekend on home ice at the Roy Beechey Memorial Tournament.
Backstopped by weekend Most Valuable Player Charlie Cork between the pipes, the Tornadoes won four of five games, including a 2-0 victory over Mitchell Sunday afternoon to claim the gold medal.
After dropping their opening game 3-0 to Strathroy on Friday, the Tornadoes came back Saturday with a 3-2 win over Twin Centre. Johnathon Bouck led the way with a pair of goals, and Kaden Bailey added the other.
Later that day, Tornadoes captain Jack Soares scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Mitchell. Bouck netted the other goal.
That win punched the Tornadoes ticket to playoff Sunday, and the home team didn’t disappoint, beating Mt. Brydges 4-2. Michel Laundrie, Liam Hicks, Bailey and Brandon Rosehart gave the Tornadoes all the scoring they needed.
In the final against Mitchell, Trevor Nunn scored what was the game-winner, while Devin Hawley added the empty-netter, while Cork supplied the great goaltending to seal the gold medal.
Kincardine beat Mt. Brydges 4-1 in the atom final, Dorchester defeated Strathroy in the peewee final, while St. Marys blanked Ayr in the bantam final.
U11 Knights get to semis in St. Thomas
The U11 Norfolk Knights went 2-3 over the weekend and made it to the semifinal of the Boston Pizza Cup in St. Thomas.
After opening the tournament with a 4-2 loss to the Orillia Terriers, the Knights hammered the Stoney Creek Warriors 17-1 to finish Friday.
On Saturday the Knights lost 6-1 to the St. Thomas Stars, before beating the Pelham Panthers 5-2 to qualify for the playoffs on Sunday.
In the semifinal on Sunday, the Knights lost 6-5 to the King Rebellion.
The U15 Knights were also in St. Thomas, tying two games and losing two.
The played the Barrie Colts to a 4-4 draw and tied the Woodstock Navy Vets 2-2. They lost 6-1 to the Quinte West Golden Hawks and 2-1 to the St. Thomas Stars.
HALDIMAND RIVER CATS
U13 BB earn silver
The Haldimand River Cats U13 BB team earned silver medals at their opening tournament at the Oshawa Generals Fall Classic.
They opened with two games Friday, losing 3-1 to the Kanata Rangers, before beating the Barrie Sharks 5-1.
Saturday the River Cats began to roll with a 4-2 win over the Stoney Creek Sabres and 5-1 win over the Central York Panthers to earn a spot in the playoffs on Sunday.
In the semifinal, the River Cats edged the Kemptville Storm 4-3 before dropping a tight 3-1 decision to the Rangers in the final.