Our Squirt A Wildcats decided to bring the joy of victory home this holiday season by winning the 5th Annual Bryn Athyn Winter Classic! Despite the cold and dreary weekend weather, the Wildcats heated up early outshooting their first opponent 28-10 and recording a commanding 4-0 win vs. local rival, Hatfield Ice Dogs. After refueling on some hot chocolate and Nick’s Roast beef sandwiches, the boys took the ice again in the afternoon to duke it out against the Delco Phantoms. Fatigue was apparent in the tight game, but our determined 10UAs held on to a 1-0 lead to secure a second win in the tournament. The Wildcats clearly had sights on a Christmas Championship, but first needed to get through the young Philadelphia Sting select team. After netting the first goal to take a 1-0 lead, the Wildcats lost some of the grit they showed just one day prior and fell victim to some unfortunate bounces, losing 2-1.
After a wait and see period, and some crazy afternoon games, our Wildcats earned the top seed and a chance to win it all against none other than the very Sting team who had beat them earlier that day. The Stage was set. The message was clear. Wildcat Hockey....Redemption! But wait, somebody kicked off the lights. The lights? Yep, No power! No joke. Game cancelled.
After a mass text messaging exchange between both teams and the tournament director the stage was reset for Wednesday evening, under the lights. Winner take all. Our favorite Wildcats struck first on the second shift of the game and didn't look back. They shut the Sting down defensively along with some truly brilliant goaltending. Offensively they capitalized on every opportunity they were given, slowly building a stronger lead as the game went on. Our boys showed tremendous heart as they always do, fighting till the bitter end, killing penalty after penalty, making save after save. Wildcats win 6-0! Champions of the 5th annual, 2016 Bryn Athyn Winter Classic! 4 games played and 3 shutout victories......Great tournament performance all around.
Congratulations to Coach Jules and his team for their big win. Happy holidays to all, see you in 2017.