(ABOVE: The Rams players celebrate their 1-0 win as the final horn sounds.)
(Photos & text via Stittsville Rams)
The Minor Atom Stittsville Rams competitive hockey team competed in the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament over the Christmas holidays between 29 and 31 December and found success.
Following the initial four games in the first day and a half, the Rams found themselves seeded 4th out of the 12 teams competing in the Minor Atom ‘A’ division and were subsequently slotted in the quarter finals against the Kanata Blazers. The game was a hard fought, tight checking battle which ended up tied 2-2 after regulation time. Cooper Stansel was the Rams savior this time scoring at 7:41 into overtime sending the team into the semis against the Leitrim Hawks. The boys knew this game would be a challenge as they had previously tied the Hawks 2-2 in the preliminary round. Once again, the teams played very well and each traded a couple of goals to send the game tied into the 3rd period. In the 3rd, the Rams goalie Riley Martin shut the door and the forwards came up big with two unanswered goals to seal the victory 4-2.
The win put the Rams into the finals on New Year’s Eve against the Nepean Raiders (Black). The match was another incredibly exciting, albeit tense affair as the game’s momentum shifted from side to side. The Rams opened the scoring with an amazing shot by Mitchel Cairns which found the back of the net half way through the 1stperiod. It would prove to be enough. From that point on, the Rams defensive play took over and Joshua Wainwright shone in goal. Josh made several amazing saves keeping the opposition off the scoreboard and deservedly earned the 1st Star of the game.
Playing in the finals at the Canadian Tire Centre was an incredible experience for the players, coaches and all spectators who witnessed the game. Winning the championship was the icing on the cake – well done boys !