York Express & Thornhill Vets Capture OBHF Masters’ Provincials

image of: OBHF Provincial PreviewFrom June 15-17, the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) hosted their Men’s Masters A & B (40+) Provincials in New Tecumseth, Ontario.  With teams from across the province in attendance, this tournament was incredibly competitive, and showcased some incredibly talented teams and players.  Here’s what shook down:

A Division

The A Division featured seven teams, which included former champs, the Barrie Flyers and Halton Leafs.  It didn’t take long for the top teams to establish themselves as the Ottawa Capitals, Toronto Leafs, and Halton Leafs all finished up the round robin at 2-0.  The Capitals and Toronto Leafs were dominant, outscoring their opponents in impressive fashion.

Round Robin Standings

Ottawa Capitals 2 2 0   4 9 1
Toronto Leafs 2 2 0   4 14 2
Halton Leafs 2 2 0   4 8 4
York Express 2 1 1   2 8 5
Tshirtgang Titans 2 0 2   0 3 9
Barrie Flyers 2 0 2   0 4 15
New Tecumseth Xtreme 2 0 2   0 0 10

Playoff Rounds

image of: york express ball hockey teamIn the quarter-finals there were no surprises as the top teams all advanced with Ottawa receiving a bye to the semi-finals for finishing first overall.  This set up semi-final match ups between the York Express and the Ottawa Capitals and the Halton Leafs taking on the Toronto Leafs.

The semi-finals are where things got interesting.  Perhaps the rest was not a luxury for the Ottawa Capitals as the York Express were able to capture a very close 2-1 victory over the top ranked Capitals, earning them a spot in the final.  In the second semi-final, the Halton Leafs would dominate Toronto, going on to a 3-0 victory.  Setting up an Express/Halton Leafs final.

In the final, it would be the York Express who would emerge victorious out of a very competitive game with a final score of 3-2.  This is the first Masters championship for the York Express.

B Division

The B Division featured six teams vying for the title including two-time champs, the Thornhill Vets.  It appeared early on that the Vets were not going to have an easy run to make it a three peat as the Windsor All-Stars cruised through the round robin at 3-0, outscoring opponents 14-4.

Round Robin Standings

Division 1

Thornhill Vets 3 2 1   4 5 4
Hamilton Stars 3 1 1 1 3 6 5
New Tecumseth Xtreme 3 0 3   0 2 12


Division 2

Windsor All-Stars 3 3 0   6 14 4
Oakville Knights 3 1 1 1 3 8 6
Withrow Park Knights 3 0 1 2 2 5 9

 Playoff Rounds

image of thornhill vets ball hockey teamWith the top two teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals, we saw the Windsor All-Stars continue their strong play, easily dispatching the Hamilton Stars 5-1.  In the other semi-final, the lopsided scores would continue and the Thornhill Vets defeated the Oakville Knights 4-0.  This would set up a final showdown between the Thornhill Vets and the Windsor All-Stars.

The final was a well fought battle that saw the Thornhill Vets capture their third consecutive championship with a close 3-2 victory over the Windsor All-Stars.

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