Well the Wolves returned from Ottawa
as World Champs defeating a team from Finland in a
shootout in the championship game. A great time
and a great tournament.
Our group from Seattle included Brian
"The Seed" & Sandy Smith, Jack "Mr. Big"
Comyn, Bob "HTL" & Mary Jean McMahon,
Dwight "Terrible Ted" Perkins, Bill "Boozy"
Banfied, Paul "The Chameleon" Faung and Jen
were joined by Bob's brother John McMahon, Mike
"Beantown" Boston and Rob Santarossa, all from
Windsor and Bob's brother-in-law, Larry Neufeld,
from Waterloo. According to Carha rules we
needed 10 skaters so CARHA placed Patrick "The
Swede" Pettersson" on our roster. We had Bob,
Paul, Jack, Swede, Boston and John up front with
Rob, Ted, Billy and Larry on D and The Seed in
The Swede came over with his dad's team from Sweden
and brought his gear hoping to catch on with
a team in the 35+ division. Extremely lucky for
him, he was placed on our roster and now is the
proud owner of A MAJOR AWARD. The Swede was a blast,
kept up drink for drink and then some. In fact,
he won the shoes in spite of Billy's best efforts.
The Seed started off the Boozy run with a convincing
display on Sunday night. We're not sure how
he cut his nose and blackened his eyes, but the
stories abound. ("I don't remember what
happened"). Billy jumped into the fray the next
night, literally and figuratively, as he consumed
more than his fair share of drinks and then
decided he was a tough guy. Mr Big had his night
as Boozy as well but the Swede earned BIG marks
for consistency and with his package grabbing
performance at the awards banquet secured the
first Boozy the Clown award for a European.
Our first game was
against a team from Newmarket. Swede started
up front between John and
Boston. On the next shift HTL, centering Mr. Big
and the Chameleon, scored setting the tone for the
game. Wolves win 7-1. Paul Faung won the game MVP
award after notching 2 goals and 4 assists. Of the
course they overlooked his miss of a completely
wide open net with 8 seconds left in the game. Mr.
Big picked up a hat trick and Beantown got one to
round out the scoring. Seed was stellar in goal, a
trend that continued throughout the week.
Game 2 vs Kontiolahden
Kajastus from Finland. A good team, a big team and
a great game. Beantown opened the scoring 4
minutes in but at the end of the first we were
down 2-1 as Finland's #15, Timo Turunen, scored a
goal and assisted on the second. Easily their best
player he was the game MVP
we knew we'd have to pay closer attention to him.
The rest of the game was pretty close with the
Wolves finally tying the score with HTL converting
a great passing combo from Billy and Paul. Game
ended in a 2-2 tie and again the Seed played
Going into game 3 we
were tied with the Finnish team in the standings
and it looked like it might come down to goal
differential if we each one our final game. We
played a team from Ottawa while the Finns played a
very good team from Quesnel BC. Less than 2
minutes in HTL opened the scoring for the Wolves
and we went on to win 8-1 on goals by HTL(2), Rob
Santaross(2), Mr Big(2) and Mike Boston(2). Boston
also earned the game MVP by getting 3 assists to
accompany his pair of goals. Unfortunately,
Terrible Ted went down with a hip flexor and would
be lost for the rest of the
tourney. Only for hockey, not drinking.
The Finns beat Quesnel 5-2 and tied for first
place with us. We gained the top spot based on
goal differential, securing our spot in the
championship game. The Finns would have a rematch
with Quesnel to see who would earn the second
birth in the final. Similar to their first
meeting, the BC boys went up by 2 goals but
couldn't hold on and lost again, this time by the
score of 5-3. Again #15 for the Finns was
The final game was very
exciting. Again ending in a 2-2 tie.
Rob scored early
in the first to put the Wolves up by one and we
contained #15 throughout the game. After
running into, and getting out of penalty trouble
mid-way through the final period, we had a 3
minute letdown and ended up down 2-1 with 2
minutes left to play. With under a minute left in
the game Seed was pulled for an extra attacker and
Mike Boston joined HTL, Paul, Jack, Billy and Rob
as they held the puck deep in the Finns zone. With
only 36 seconds left Boston scored with HTL and
Jack drawing assists and we were headed for a 5
minute overtime. No goals scored in OT. Some big
saves on both ends of the ice. We then proceeded
to the shootout. 5 shooters each. Rob went first
for the Wolves and scored. Jack followed with the
same result. Down our end of the ice Seed stoned
#15 on their first shot and stopped the second
shooter as well. Although HTL scored what proved
to be the tournament winning goal on the Wolves
next shot, The Finn's Kari Makinen scored as
well, as did their fourth shooter, Petri Italia.
With Larry missing the Wolves fourth shot, th
Wolves were up 3-2 with one shooter
remaining for each squad. Boston failed to
convert for the Wolves but Seed came up HUGE.....
AGAIN. Wolves win both the shootout and the
game 3-2. Rob, Jack and HTL all converting in the
shootout for the Wolves. Seed's performance earned
him the game MVP.
The Seed was great all weekend with 1.50 GAA.
Impressive with those magic pads.
Boston and Jack led in goals with 5 each
followed by HTL(4), Rob(3) and Paul(2).
Jack, HTL and Rob also tallied in the
Paul led the team in assists with 6 followed
by HTL(5), Jack(4), Billy(3), Boston(3), John(3)
Overall points leaders were Jack(9) &
HTL(9) followed by Boston(8), Paul(8), Rob (3),
Billy(3), John(3) & Ted(1)
HTL logged the most time in the box with 6
minutes followed by Swede(4), Larry(4), Paul(2),
Ted(2) & Rob(2)
CARHA came through with another well run
tournament that went very smoothly (Except for a
slight problem with transportation on Day 1). We
ran into our freinds, The Slackhawks from Delta
and had a beer or two with them. Labatt's had
give-aways and pub crawls all week. The opening
and closing banquets were a lot of fun too. We had
a blast all week.
Let's do it again in 4