From May 24-26, the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) hosted their Men’s A Provincials, and Men’s B/C/D Winter Provincials in Mississauga. As we mentioned in our preview, there was a mix of high-calibre returnees and new faces that was sure to make this an interesting event. Here’s how the divisions all played out.
The 16 team D Division was up for grabs with the 2018 Champion, Kitchener Rebels not returning in 2019. Each team was guaranteed three games in the round robin, here were the standings by the end of the day on Saturday:
|North York Blackhawks||0||3||0||2||16||0|
|New Subury Zambronies||1||1||1||10||4||3|
|River Oak Raiders||0||3||0||1||15||0|
After the round robin, the top two teams from each division moved on to the playoff round, setting up some great match ups.
|Vaughan Lions||1||Toronto Bullets||0|
After some close battles in the quarter-finals, the next match ups were set with a berth into the finals on the line.
The finals would come down to two teams that were new to the provincials. After winning two very close playoff games to punch their ticket to the finals, the Flyers ran away with the Championship, defeating the Decepticons 7-4 to win the D Championship.
Similar to the D Division, the C group was without some of the top finishers from 2018, making it anyone’s game. After the round robin, here were the standings in each grouping:
|Hard As Puck||1||0||2||6||5||4|
|New Tec Xtreme||1||1||1||6||9||3|
|York Central Knights||0||3||0||3||12||0|
After a strong round robin, the Danforth Knights and Kitchener Fury would both receive a bye to the semi-finals while the Eagles, Islanders, Sleazy, and Hard As Puck would battle it out for a chance to advance. Here were the results:
|Sleazy||2||Hard As Puck||1|
Rest and momentum both showed their value in the semi-finals determined who would square off for the C Division Championship:
|Brampton Eagles||3||Kitchener Fury||1|
The C Division Championship Final was a game for the ages as the Brampton Eagles would battle the still undefeated Danforth Knights. Despite looking unbeatable throughout the round robin and playoffs, the Danforth Knights would meet their match and suffer their first loss of the tournament. This closely fought match up saw the Brampton Eagles hold on for a 3-2 win over the Danforth Knights.
The B Division was one that we were looking forward to, and based on the standings after the round robin, it was obvious that these teams were very evenly matched.
|North York Leafs||1||1||1||9||7||3|
|Stoney Creek Savages||0||2||1||6||11||1|
By capturing the first seed after the round robin, Big Bastone would await the winner of North York versus Jantha HC. These two teams tied during the round robin however, the playoffs were a different story and the North York Leafs would run away with a 6-2 victory.
The final of the B Division was one of the best games of the weekend as both teams battled hard the whole way. In the end, Big Bastone would earn a 1-0 victory to claim back-to-back B Division titles at the OBHF Winter Provincials.
All eyes were on the A Division as six of the top ranked teams in the province would collide with a berth into the 2020 CBHA Nationals on the line. After a closely fought round robin, here were the standings:
|New Tec Xtreme||2||1||0||11||8||4|
|Richmond Hill Falcons||1||1||1||14||12||3|
|Niagara War Pigs||1||0||2||5||4||4|
With the top two teams in each grouping advancing, the stage was set for some great playoff games:
|Richmond Hill Falcons||3||New Tecumseth Xtreme||1|
|Midnight Xpress||3||Niagara War Pigs||1|
The final would come down to the two top seeds from the round robin. Obviously, the Falcons and Express are familiar with each other from the OBHF Premier League, and after tying 5-5 in the round robin, we were looking forward to this match up. This was an intense match up from the outset, and when the dust settled, the Richmond Hill Falcons secured a 5-3 victory over the Midnight Express, punching their tickets to Calgary in August 2020 for the Canadian Ball Hockey Association National Championships.