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It doesnt get much better then that....
Submitted By Liz Bigelow on Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Congratulations to this crazy Bunch!!  The Frontenac Flyers Peewee - Team Yellow!  CHAMPS.

They fought hard over three days, and what ended up being 5 games. Playing in Almont, Ontario, facing large "B Rink" and city teams such as Ottawa, Nepean, Gatineau and many more.  There's nothing like a bunch of "kids from the sticks" winning a tournament full of teams that showed up in matching attire, fancy uniforms and bad attitudes!  Parents included.

Friday began with a tough loss in the first game, already making it unlikely that the kids would advance to the Sunday portion of the tournament. However, thanks to 2 convincing wins on Saturday,  it meant that the team snuck into the semi-finals, Sunday morning.

Early Sunday morning, the Frontenac Flyers went down early in the game by one goal in the semi-finals to the host Almonte team. Fighting sleep deprivation, a much bigger Almont team, home fans as well as some home team friendly refereeing, the kids played their best team game of the season, winning the game 4-2, thanks to a last-minute, empty-net goal that erupted the visitor section of the crowd.  Off to the finals!

At High Noon, it was time to face a Gatineau team that looked unbeatable in their semi-final match-up. Again what appeared to be some very questionable early refereeing lead the Flyers team to go down 1-3 headed into the 3rd period. Things were not looking good. With just under 6 minutes left in the 3rd period, thanks to some great Team Hustle, the Flyers where going on a 5 on 3 the power play.  Coach Mike Chiasson called a timeout and got the boys fired up. The power play struck quickly, making it a one-goal game with less than 4 minutes to play. A Gatineau team still at a man disadvantage, obviously rattled, took yet 2 more penalties, ensuring the Flyers would stay on the PP.   With 58 seconds remaining, after a mad scramble, the Flyers tied the game, after some great puck movement. Stunned, exhausted, and with their best two players remaining in the Penalty Box, one could see Gatineau was in big trouble. It looked like they would hold on to force overtime, however not so fast.  With 8 seconds left in the 3rd period, the Flyers scored what proved to be the Championship Winning Goal on what appeared to be a goal that included everyone on the ice having touched the puck.  Having preached team play all season, coach Chiasson's fruition came to life at the best possible time.  3 goals in the final 4 minutes...it doesn't get much better than that!

Congratulations to all the players for never giving up and to the coaching staff for keeping the boys motivated. It was a great team building experience that these kids will remember for a long time.

!Victory!

Submitted by Tom Guntli
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