Our Wawa Bantam Travelers are the 2012 NOHA Bantam “C” Champions. Coming off a dominant performance in Cheboygan the team traveled to New Liskeared for a ten team tournament of champions.
In our first game we faced West Ferris Promo Sports Trappers. After a slow and sloppy start giving the puck away they led one to nothing. In the second period we started to find our game as we scored three times and gave up only one leading by a score of three to two. We eventually scored two more times and won by a score of 5-2.
Game two was against the Sault Ste. Marie Mrs. B’s Bruins who we had beaten all year. We knew that we could not take them lightly and we didn’t as we dominated them winning by a score of 8-2.
Game three was an important one win and we were in the semi-finals. We played the host Temiskaming Shores Puckhouds. They took an early lead but we answered twice taking a two to one lead into the second. From there we scored twice more and had a four to one lead going into the third. In the third we each tallied a couple but we skated away winning by a final of 6-3.
Game four was against Timmins North Stars. We came out scoring and scoring often as we flew by them with a final score of 9-1. With four victories this put us in first going into the semi-finals.
Off to the semi-finals and we were up against the Sault Ste. Marie Stitch Kings Devils, a team that has had our number all year. But we are a much different team than the last time we played them. It was an exciting start going back and forth when they received a penalty as we covered the puck in the crease. Our goalie that has been extraordinary all year and is a penalty shot gurue, stopped their best scorer with a poke check. It seemed to spark the whole team as we put the puck in leading the first one to nothing. In the second the goals kept coming with a four goal period, and then adding one more in the third. Just like the penalty shot our goalie was perfect with another shutout and the final being 6-0.
In the Championship a re-match against the defending champs West Ferris. We scored in the first and led one to nothing. In the second they scored tying it up before we netted to more taking a three to one lead going into the third period. They threw everything at us as we kept them at bay winning the Championship by a 3-1 score.
This team improved all year getting better and better as the season went on winning eleven straight games. They gelled as a team becoming a well oiled machine. The players bought into the systems that the coaches put forward and the players accepted roles and positions even if they were not their regular ones. We had to sit key players this weekend and our straggles’ work perfectly. Not only did they improve consistently but were complimented at every tournament about how skilled, clean and well disciplined they were. The coaching staff and your parents are extremely proud of all of you and once again congratulations you are the CHAMPS!!!