Midgets sweep Shelburne for Georgian Bay championship 0
The Collingwood Legion Vet Midget Blackhawks captured the Georgian Bay Championship sweeping Shelburne in three straight games. The win marks the first Georgian Bay Championship for a Collingwood Midget 'BB' team since the 2004-2005 season, and is just the third won in the last 15 years.
The third and deciding game saw Collingwood defeat Shelburne 5-1, Ricky Darrell netted a Hat-trick and Danny Caesar and Spencer Penyige added the others. For all three it was there last game in Collingwood Minor Hockey.
The Legion Vet Midgets, who earlier in the season captured the Midland Regional Silverstick, were captained by Ricky Darrell. His blend of a high skill level and creativity was especially on display during a four goal outburst in game 3 of a playoff series with Saugeen Shores, and a hat-trick in game 4 of the 'Hawks series with Bracebridge that was capped with an end to end goal.
Cam Goldsmith, an early season addition from the Stayner Siskins, scored the semi-final winner at Regional Silverstick and his play with linemate Spencer Penyige at the International Silverstick was key for the team. Penyige used his speed and wicked shot to be a key contributor to the 'Hawks, while Goldsmith used his strength on the puck to control games.
Second year players Zack Hannon and Matt Tipold were both huge contributors to the team. Hannon used his puck control and unmatchable effort to grind down the other team. Tipold, who scored 9 goals in one tournament, used his speed very effectively on the penalty kill.
Third year player Matt Griggs was joined on the team by his brother Steve Griggs, a first year midget. Matt used his size and work ethic to his advantage, scoring a huge overtime winning goal in send the 'Hawks series with Saugeen Shores to game 5. Steve would use his speed, hockey sense and quick release to be a key contributor on offence.
Connor Annett's high skill level led to some highlight reel efforts, including some clutch playoff goals. Josh Lawson and Austin McCarthy provided a physical spark to the team, and despite their small frames they had everyone aware when they were on the ice.
Third year defensemen Dylan Saunderson and Danny Caesar continued their physical play all season long. Saunderson would score one of the team's biggest goals, the overtime winner at the Regional Silvertsick finals. While Caesar proved to be the shutdown defensemen, often matching up with the other teams best line.
Eric Maecker and Griffin Pearce provided tons of skill on defence. Maecker used his poise with the puck to make clean first passes, and run the point on the power play. While converting from forward to defence proved to be no challenge for Pearce whose spark on defence was huge for the team down the stretch.
First year defensemen Isaac McGladdery provided size and physical play from the point. Opposing forwards always had to have their head up. While Keenan Maclean-Hill combined his size with skill to be a big offensive contributor from the blue line.
The team was stellar in net all season long, as Jay Payton and Sam Reid proved to be a solid tandem. With contrasting styles both Payton and Reid always bailed the team out when they needed them most, often times with jaw-dropping saves.
The coaching staff would like to thank the team's parents for their support all season long. The whole team would like to recognize Matt Griggs, Cam Goldsmith, Spencer Penyige, Danny Caesar, Josh Lawson, Dylan Saunderson, and Ricky Darrell who have all played their last game with Collingwood Minor Hockey.