The Woolwich Wildcats Minor Midget A team went undefeated this past weekend at the Owen Sound Regional Silver Stick Tournament and brought home gold.The win is quite a change from how they started the season. Coach Mitch Metzger said they were 2-7 before the weekend.
“We started off really slow,” Metzger said. “Our first tournament of the year, we didn’t win a game. It’s been a little rough. Then we came into this tournament and it all came together.”
He said they bonded as a team by getting away for three days.
“Our team camaraderie and morale was really high and just kind of all worked together,” Metzger said,
While some of the players have played together before they have a few new players including two out of town players and a couple players that have never played at the A level before.
“We’re definitely getting better game by game and practice by practice. Everything is just kind of getting better little bit by little bit.”
Their next tournament will be in Kingston at the beginning of December.
The win earned them the right to participate in the North American Silver Stick Finals Tournament January 15-18 in Newmarket.
“It’ll be around the same competition as we had in the last tournament,” Metzger said.
There were seven teams in the tournament. They were undefeated in the round robin and were given a bye into the semi-finals because of their first place position. They defeated Owen Sound 4-0 in their first game of the tournament. It was followed by a 2-0 win over Whitby later that night. The next day they overcame Barrie 3-2.
They beat Orangeville 3-0 in the semi-finals. To end the weekend they took out Barrie 3-1 in the finals to earn the top spot.
Their next games are against Hespeler on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Hespeler and on Sunday at 4:30 at the Woolwich Memorial Centre against Halton Hills. They previously beat Halton Hills 4-3 on November 10.
“We’re definitely hoping to win two more tournaments and be in the finals of the OMHA. With the group the way we are I think it’s huge for the confidence of our players,” Metzger said.