BHi London played host to the 2nd tournament of the Youth All Ontario Cup, the Summer Showdown, June 25-26 in what was true taste of summer weather. Teams travelled from across Ontario (Brantford, Cambridge, Welland) to compete in 3 divisions: Peewee, Bantam and Midget and put on quite a show. Round robin games on Saturday were split between BHi London and Argyle arena and the action was non-stop.
In the Peewee division, London Kamikaze got off to a quick start Saturday morning and kept things rolling through the weekend. During round robin play Kamikaze outscored opponents 21-1 taking the first seed in the playoffs. Welland Red Light Rebels also had a strong round robin coming out with a 2-1 record and faced Little SWAT in the Semi Final. Rebels took their game in round robin by a score of 6-3 but Little SWAT was up to the challenge topping the Rebels 3-1 advancing to the championship game against Kamikaze. The final game was close battle between two very skilled teams but London Kamikaze came out victorious with a 5-3 decision.
The Bantam division had four very closely matched teams that resulted in no clear front runner after the round robin play. Welland Rebels came out with 2-0-1 record and the first seed going into the playoffs where they faced Little SWAT in a hard fought semi final battle. At the final buzzer it was the Rebels who came out on top and advanced to the championship game. The other semi final saw the Welland Bandits taking on the London Jr. Warriors. The Bandits also had a strong round robin and were able to move past the Warriors advancing to the final, setting up an all-Welland match-up. The championship was a goal scorers dream with 13 goals in total being scored, the Bandits put up a great fight but the Rebels had too much fire power and held on for the 8-5 victory.
The Midget division saw some familiar teams facing off against each other and some teams return to the YAOC after not competing in the 2015 YAOC. With five teams competing in the division, the teams played four round robin games Saturday, the majority of them being played on the bigger floor at Argyle arena. London Warriors started out slow Saturday morning with a 2-1 victory over the Cherry Pickers (Brantford) and picked up steam throughout the day going undefeated in the round robin. Welland Knights took a bit longer to find their groove starting the tournament off with a 2-2 tie against Balls Deep (Cambridge) followed by a close 3-2 loss to the Warriors but turned things around picking up wins in their two remaining round robin games and taking the second seed in the playoffs. In the semi finals the Knights took on the Cherry Pickers in a very close game where both teams had their chances to seal the victory but it was the Cherry Pickers who managed to cling to a 5-4 lead and advance to play the Warriors in the championship. In the final the Warriors dominated and dictated the play for the majority of the game while the Cherry Pickers sat back waiting for their opportunity to get on the scoreboard. Unfortunately there would be no chances for the Pickers to cut the deficit and the Warriors built a 4-0 lead that could not be broken and in the end took home the win.
Special thanks to Bruised Camera who took some fantastic photos of the event and PUCK IT who stopped by to show off their awesome hockey training game!