Midget Rep OMHA Finalist, News (Minto Minor Hockey Association)

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Midget Rep OMHA Finalist
Submitted By Lee McMullen on Monday, March 26, 2012
As this year was my first time coaching Midget hockey I had no idea what was in store for me or my team.  Before the season even started, I began to question if this whole thing was a good idea. In one game, there were two suspensions and tons of penalty minutes.  In the next game, I had another player want to quit.  Calmer heads eventually prevailed, and the regular season got under way.

With playing 6 of our first 7 on the road, we started off just above .500, which was good, then played some at home and got lines in place just in time for the regional silver stick tournament.  Going into that tournament I knew we had a decent shot of winning but the boys would have to work hard.  With finishing second in our pool we had a great total goal for/against percentage, which got us the wild card position.  After losing to Mildmay in pool play, the boys got their game together for the final and wouldn’t be denied victory; the result being a berth in the International Tournament in January. 

 Our heads might’ve grown a little too large at that point, because our regular season play dropped and we lost some games that we should have won.  Over Christmas we got a bunch of practices in as we knew we needed to prepare for the International Silver Stick tournament. 

 In the International tournament we played some of their best hockey I have ever seen them play.   Although we came up a little short, in the end it was a great experience and something they can be very proud of.  Not a lot of hockey players get that chance to play in a tournament like that!

 Right from there we went into the playoffs on a good note.  We beat Durham in the first 2 games, but lost game 3, blowing a 4 goal lead to lose 5-4 in overtime.  After that we went on a 7 game winning streak to go onto winning the WOAA, and berth into the OMHA semi finals.

 With a road trip to Bancroft to play 2 games, we fell short in the first game getting shut out 3-0, but woke up for a 6 goal effort to split that weekend.  The series returned to Minto the next weekend with a thrilling overtime win Friday, and a lacklustre performance on Saturday.  After losing that game we were off to Bancroft again, 2 hours after that game we headed to Peterborough to make the drive a lot shorter the next day so they didn’t have bus legs.  Again going into overtime, they continued to work hard and finally got one by Bancroft’s goalie to put us into the OMHA finals.

 In this last series we did take them to 5 games, and did battle to the final buzzer.  In saying that I hope that if I taught you anything this year, it’s that if you work as hard as you do in hockey as you do in life, you can achieve anything you want.  You just have to work at it, and sometimes work a little harder. 

 I am extremely proud of your accomplishments this year.  We set out to get four banners at the outset, and we accomplished this goal.  The four may not all be the ones we wanted, but for one team to accomplish as much as we did is remarkable.

 Thank-you to all of the people that had a hand in our success this year: The who helped guide the team, the parents who supported the boys through thick and thin, and the players who showed more courage and resiliency than I could dare to ask for.

 This year was the best coaching experience of my life.  Thank-you.

 

All the best in whatever life holds for you!

Coach

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