As the autumn leaves settled in Minto Township last weekend, Newcastle Stars U9 Team 1 embarked on an adventure filled with excitement and camaraderie at the Mad Dog Jamboree.
The King Hotel was abuzz on Friday night, reminiscent of a hive of hockey bees, where future ice stars bonded, strategized, and prepared for the games ahead. This wasn't merely a pre-game night; it was the priming of the engines for the electrifying on-ice showdowns. The weekend transformed into a delightful showcase of burgeoning talent and sportsmanship, from the bustling hotel atmosphere to the thrilling games.
Game 1: A Sizzling Comeback vs. Saugeen Shores
Kicking off with a clash against Saugeen Shores, the Stars didn't just play; they put on a clinic of determination. Down but not out, with just 4 minutes on the clock, they sparked a comeback that would make any pro team proud. Nolan Collins, our very own puck wizard, unleashed a barrage of laser-quick goals from the slot, lighting the lamp not once, but twice, to clinch a jaw-dropping tie. Saugeen no-doubt mesmorized by Axel Rousselle's Willie Styles-esc play and helmet flow. Shane Rios, the big-time defender with a reach like a hockey octopus, kept the opposition at bay, proving that in hockey, it's not over until the final buzzer.
Game 2: The Edge-of-Your-Seat Thriller vs. Kincardine
Next on the docket, our Stars clashed sticks with Kincardine in an ice duel more twisted than a pretzel labyrinth. With the scoreboard showing less than 5 minutes to play, the Stars were dominating, up by a trio of net rippers. The ice was sizzling with our squad's prowess. Nick Gannon was blitzing across the rink like a shooting star, carving up the defense with lightning speed. Ethan MacPherson, the slick setup sorcerer, was gliding and dishing out assists with the stealth of a ninja. And let's not forget Brody Yorke who was dishing out assists like Halloween candy. But then, as the final moments ticked down, Kincardine burst into action, refusing to be left in the cold. They rallied, turning what seemed like a sure Stars victory into a heart-stopping tie that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
Game 3: The Goal-Fest Showdown vs. Goderich
Full of pizza and fired up, the Stars returned to the rink for a late-afternoon showdown with Goderich. This wasn't just a game; it was an all-out goal fest, a true barn burner with a staggering 20 goals and chants of "Go Stars Go" heard through the arena! Keith Brazeau, the quick-footed sniper, made the net bulge like it was his job. The team was also bolstered by Lachlan Brown who was first to every puck like a lion in pads. Griffin Berry's stickhandling was poetry on ice, mesmerizing the crowd with every deke and dodge. And let's not forget, Captain Hustle, John Rosnuk, leading the charge with energy that could power a small city.
Each matchup was a thrilling display of skill and sportsmanship, where every player shone brightly. Amidst these exhilarating games, Blake Govan's sneaky shots and relentless efforts brought an extra layer of awesomeness to the team's dynamic play. His hard work and cunning on the ice were pivotal in bolstering the Stars' offense. Meanwhile, in the crease, Jackson Jordan stood tall as a veritable wall. His incredible saves, each a testament to his reflexes and agility, were crucial in keeping the team in the game.
As the Mad Dog Jamboree drew to a close, the spirit of celebration extended beyond the ice. In a delightful twist of fortune, parent Nori MacPherson won the 50/50 draw, adding a sprinkle of luck to an already memorable weekend. The joy was doubled when Darcy Rousselle, the team's organizational wizard and manager, snagged an autographed Connor Bedard poster, a prized memento for any hockey enthusiast. The players, our young stars of the tournament, were honored with medals, symbolizing their hard work, skill, and the unforgettable moments they created together. As they basked in the glory of their achievements, eyes are already set on the horizon, with excitement building for the next tournament planned for February 2024.
A big thanks to Coach Jamie Collins, Manager Darcy Rousselle and Trainer Darryl York and all the parents for giving the kids a weekend to remember.The Newcastle Stars U9 team leaves the Jamboree not just with medals and memories, but with a renewed sense of camaraderie and anticipation for the challenges and triumphs that await in their next icy adventure.
🏒 GO! STARS! GO! 🏒