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Elite Talent On Display at OBHA Women’s Pre-Season Showcase

The Ontario Ball Hockey Association (OBHA) Women’s Pre-Season Showcase took place April 26-28 in Mississauga, Ontario.  Showcase is the perfect term for this event as there was incredible talent on display the entire weekend.  Twelve teams competed in A, B, and C Divisions.

A Division

The A Division featured three returning teams including both the 2018 champs, London Redliners and finalist, the Midland Battalion.  2019 also saw the return of the Durham Stars, who had revenge on their mind after a semi-final loss in 2018.

After the round robin, it appeared that the Redliners were in full control of this division heading into the playoff rounds.

TeamWLTPTSGFGA
London Redliners300693
Simcoe Storm111333
Durham Selects111325
Midland Battalion030025

Semi-Finals

They say that anything can happen in the playoffs and that is exactly what occurred in the semi-finals as the 3 and 4 seeded teams coming in knocked off the 1 and 2 seed in two hotly contested games.

  • (4) Midland Battalion 2 – (1) London Redliners 1
  • (3) Durham Selects 2 – Simcoe Storm 0

Final

image of midland battalion ball hockey team

The final was a defensive battle that saw the Selects carrying a 2-1 lead into the second period.  However, the Battalion would tie it up late in the second frame and send the game to overtime.  Nothing was settled after the first OT, pushing the game into another sudden death OT frame, and finally, the Battalion would score to capture a 3-2 victory.

B & C Divisions

The story in the B and C divisions were new faces as five of this year’s teams did not compete in the tournament in 2018.  After the round robin portion of the tournament, the standings looked like this:

B Division Standings

TeamWLTPTSGFGA
Steel City Bombers300690
London Ball Hoggz210461
North York Hurricanes120214
Barrie Better Halves030008

C Division Standings

TeamWLTPTSGFGA
Toronto Stars300651
WTC Masters120288
Scarborough Penguins120266
Simcoe 136120237

Semi-Finals

In the playoff rounds, the divisions cross over to compete against each other.

B Semi-Finals

  • (B1) Pittsburgh Steel City Bombers 3 – (C2) WTC Masters 1
  • (C1) Toronto Stars 1 – (B2) London Ball Hoggz 0

B Final

image of pittsburgh steel city bombers ball hockey team

In the B Final, the Steel City Bombers would be the first on the board in the opening frame, and hold that lead throughout the entire game.  The Bombers would add an empty-netter late in the game to secure a 2-0 victory.

C Semi-Final

  • (C4) Simcoe 136 1 – (B3) North York Hurricanes 0
  • (C3) Scarborough Penguins 8 – (B4) Barrie Better Halves 2

C Final

image of scarborough penguins ball hockey team

The C Final was all Penguins as they would jump out to an early 4-0 lead in the first period and coast to a 5-1 victory over Simcoe 136.

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