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The Woolwich Thrashers Junior Sledge Hockey team wrapped up a successful season last weekend after a tough quarter-final game against the second-place Kawartha Blazers. Front: goaltender Daniel Peters. Middle row: Dustin Hoag, Nate McCarthy, Jessie Chamberlain, Gideon Chamberlain, Josh Chambers, Hunter Karn, Troy Clemmer, Logan Gillingham, Jeramee Snethlage, Megan O’Brien, Michael Papaioannou, Brandon Lalonde, Lucas Harrison. Back row: pusher John McCarthy, trainer Rob Hoag, manager Harold Chamberlain, Ccach Mamie Sealey-Baker, coach Keith Metzger, pusher Drew Bomhof, pusher Melissa Papaioannou. [Submitted]

The Woolwich Thrashers Junior Sledge Hockey team’s season came to an end following a tough quarter-final loss in Peterborough last weekend.
Having finished the Junior Development League’s regular season in seventh place with a 6-4-0 record the team headed to the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association playoffs with high hopes.

The team’s inaugural year in the league, they had found great success throughout the season with many hard-fought wins, tournament battles and a bonding chemistry found on the team.

The Woolwich Thrashers Junior Sledge Hockey team’s season has now come to an end following a tough quarter final loss. [ALI WILSON / The Observer]
Despite battling it out and goaltender Daniel Peters keeping the game tied 0-0 at the halfway mark, the second-place Kawartha Blazers showed their experience pulling ahead for a 5-0 win over the Thrashers, bringing the team’s season to end.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids. They fought hard all game, and every game all season, and we just didn’t get the breaks today. We came a long way this year, being our first year in the league, and we’ll continue to grow and get better,” said Keith Metzger, co-head coach of the team.

Although this season is done, the sentiment in the dressing room is that the players are already looking forward to the next one – they’re ready now for a new season to start.
“I’m determined to keep my conditioning regimen going over the summer, to ensure I’m in great shape for next season,” said winger Lucas Harrison.

“I can’t believe how much fun I had this season and can’t wait ’til next season to get my first goal,” added Brandon Lalonde.

The season may be over for now, however next year is already turning out to be an exciting one. Looking forward to the 10th anniversary of the Thrashers in Woolwich next year, the team will be playing host to the 2019 National Sledge Hockey Championship in May.

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