The Sarnia Junior Ice Hawks Sledge Hockey Team completed a very successful season capturing the Gold medal at the Ontario Championships in North Bay, on April 5 with a 12-2 win over the Hamilton Sledgehammers.
The score did not reflect the game as it was only 1-0 for the ice hawks after one period and Hamilton out chanced the team. Goalie Megan Rivait kept the team in at the game.
The first period was a very hard fought period; it was Sarnia’s defensive play that held off a strong offensive attack by Hamilton, as the first period ended in a 1-0 Sarnia lead.
The second period proved to be the breaking point for Hamilton as Quenten McDonald scored two quick Ice Hawk goals in less than a minute, putting Hamilton on their toes for the rest of the period allowing another 5 unanswered goals in the second period to lead 8-1 after two periods of play.
The start of the third period was wide open back and forth action with Hamilton taking lots of offensive chances allowing Sarnia to get 4 more goals in the third. Hamilton did get a late power play goal late in the third when Team Captain and game top point getter Tom Gabriel was in the box. The bounces seemed to only go Sarnia’s way in the 3rd period as they outscored the Sledgehammers 4-1 to take the game 12-2.
Coach Mike Callander “It was a total team effort and all the kids contributed to the win.”
Sarnia’s goal scorers were:
• Tom Gabriel – (4 goals 3 assists)
• Quenten Macdonald -(4 goals 2 assists)
• Wesley Pattison -(2 goals 2 assists)
• Katie Rivait -(1 goal 1assist)
• Mitchell Blondin -(1 goal 1 assist)
• Olivia Rivait – (1 assist)
• Coral Lacey – (1 assist)
• Michael Windsor – (1 assist)
Goaltender Megan Rivait, who led the league this season with the lowest GAA, continued her strong play in net for the Ice Hawks, shutting down a very gifted offensive team.
The Mike and Tyler Callander coached – Sarnia Ice Hawks entered the game undefeated going 14-0-1. This includes capturing the Gold Medal at the London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Tournament (January 2014), the largest sledge hockey tournament in the world.