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OBHF Winter Provincials 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s safe to say going into the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) Winter Provincials and National Qualifier this past weekend, that there was sure to be some exciting ball hockey. We didn’t anticipate the high level of play the Barrie Flyers, New Tecumseth Xtreme, and Niagara War Pigs would bring to the games, but as we predicted in our tournament preview, each team left it all on the floor in their effort to reach their National goals.

Game 1:

Game one saw the Barrie Flyers taking on the New Tecumseth Xtreme. In the beginning, the game seemed like it was going to go to the Xtreme, but neither team was prepared to give up the first win easily, and Barrie managed to score an equalizing goal late in the game, ending it in a tie. This set the stage, letting everyone know how hard both teams were willing to fight to secure their spot at Nationals.

Final Score: 3-3

Game 2:

The second game saw the Barrie Flyers jump out to a feverish lead against the Niagara War Pigs with goals from Wyatt Chesson, Randy Kelly, and Curtis Warren totaling a score of 4-0. Niagara would come back with two goals late in the game but unfortunately; this was not enough to make a full comeback. This loss meant the War Pigs could no longer earn a bye to the finals, and the Flyers finished the round robin with a 1-0-1 record, and the Niagara War Pigs with an 0-1 record up to this point.

Final Score 4-2
Winner: Barrie Flyers

Game 3:

Game three between the Niagara War Pigs vs. the New Tecumseth Xtreme was a heated match; very chippy, and a lot of penalties doled out. It was clear that both teams were ready to scrap to make it to the Nationals. In an attempt to force a shootout, New Tecumseth pulled their goalie, which backfired on them as the War Pigs ended up scoring on their empty net before moving onto the semi-finals.

Final Score: 4-3
Winner: Niagara War Pigs

Semi-Finals:

The semi-finals had a very similar feeling to game three as the Niagara War Pigs and the New Tecumseth Xtreme were fighting for their lives to make it to the finals. In the end though, the Xtreme would end up moving on with a commanding 4-1 win. The Pigs’ goalie, Bram Leggatt, kept the team treading water for a good amount of time with only a 2-1 advantage for the Xtreme. However he couldn’t keep it up forever, as they managed to score an amazing end-to-end goal before finally sealing the deal with a goal on an empty net with just a short time left in the game.

Final score: 4-1
Winner: New Tecumseth Xtreme

Finals:

The final of the OBHF Winter Provincials was a truly exciting game. The Barrie Flyers and New Tecumseth Xtreme both knew exactly what was on the line, and neither of them had any intention of letting it go easily. Whoever won this game would be awarded with an invite to the National tournament this summer in New Brunswick, so there was quite the back and forth. Barrie kicked it off early with a goal from Krystian Yorke, but the Xtreme’s Justin Maiolino tied it up shortly after. Not to be outdone, Yorke scored another goal taking Barrie into the second period with a 2-1 advantage. Not long after the start of the second, the Xtreme not only tied the game again, but took their first lead with a 3-2 edge. After a four minute power play, Barrie defensemen Cory Wick tied the game back up! Fighting tooth and nail, Yorke completed the hat trick bringing the game’s score to 4-3, but with just three minutes left in the game, the Xtreme managed to tie it up once again at 4-4. Miraculously, and almost immediately after, Maiolino brought New Tecumseth up to 5-4, before scoring yet again on an empty net – his fourth goal of the game – sealing the Xtreme’s victory, and their spot at this summers’ National tournament. Tyler Richardson was named goalie of the tournament, while Krystian Yorke and Justin Maiolino earned MVP status for their incredible performances throughout the Provincials.

Final Score: 6-4
Winner: New Tecumseth Xtreme

This series of games was demonstratively more exciting than we could have hoped for. With such a short road to the finals, each team left it all on the rink – perhaps most noticeably in the finals, where we saw an insane back and forth between the Barrie Flyers and New Tecumseth Xtreme. The Provincials made for some great ball hockey, and we can’t wait to see what’s going to come out of the Nationals in New Brunswick this summer. Congratulations to the New Tecumseth Xtreme on their victory, and good luck!

Men’s C

1st place: Grimsby Grizzles
2nd place: Young Guns

Men’s D

1st place: Toronto Rams
2nd place: Wolftown

Men’s E

1st place: Goodfellas
2nd place: Decepticons

Ladies A Qualifier

1st place: New Tecumseth
2nd Place: Nordiks

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