INNISFIL - Stratford Cherrey Bus Lines Warriors picked up their second tournament championship of the 2014-15 Minor Bantam ‘A/AA’ season, bringing home the hardware in the Innisfil Autumn Classic this past weekend.
Warriors went undefeated through the round-robin and playoff rounds, starting Friday night with a 5-0 win over the Etobicoke West Mall Lightning.
Goal scorers for Stratford were Josh Smith, with two, while Dylan Hall, Carter Lewis and Everett Hawkins had singles. Owen Hahn recorded the shutout, and Smith was named game MVP.
Saturday morning, the Minor Bantams pounded Tecumseh Tornados 12-1 in a lopsided affair.
Smith potted four more goals, while Hayden Arms and Dylan Hall had two apiece. Joel DenOtter, Kolton Debus, Tyson Hall and game MVP Connor Otto had singles, with Otto also collecting three assists.
Defenceman Mac Starkebaum had three assists as well, with Luke Marcy picking up two.
Later Saturday, a battle for first between Stratford and New Hamburg resulted in the Warriors clinching the first seed throughout playoff action, with a 2-0 win over the Huskies.
Smith scored his seventh of the tournament, while game MVP Tyson Hall put the game away with a pretty breakaway goal with just over a minute remaining.
Hawkins, Lewis and Dylan Hall earned assists for Stratford, and Hahn notched his second shutout in a row.
The semi-finals saw Warriors up against the home-town and fourth-seeded Innisfil Winterhawks.
The game was close until late in the second, when the Warriors scored two in a one-minute span to add to a 1-0 lead, en route to a 5-0 victory.
Dylan Hall scored two more, with Tyson Hall, Starkebaum and DenOtter contributing the singles. Otto had two more assists, with Brendan Moorehead, Lewis and Brett Maguire chipping in single helpers.
Quinton Duncan registered the shutout.
With New Hamburg winning the other semi-final, the stage was set for a rematch between the undefeated Warriors and the Huskies.
Everett Hawkins opened the scoring for Stratford, with Dylan Hall earning the assist. New Hamburg battled back and tied the score 1-1 late in the second, and that is how things stayed until game MVP Kolton Debus fired the winner with a wrist shot over the glove of the New Hamburg netminder, sealing a 2-1 win for Stratford.
Trent Zorgdrager was outstanding on the back end for the Warriors throughout the entire tournament.