2011Feb 7

36TH Annual Home Hardware SPAD Tourney: A smashing success!

By SPAD Blogger Brent Hurley

After all the hype and anticipation, as per usual the SPAD tourney never disappoints. Following more than 40 games from Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon, another tournament has come to a close.

In the competitive division, team Skoal Pike successfully defended their title and were the first recipients of the beautiful new SPAD Molson Cup. Skoal Pike went undefeated over the course of the tournament and handily won the championship game 5:1 over Team Extreme.

In the mixed division, Wheel, Snipe, No Dome brought home the championship after beating the Village Idiots 5:3 in the final.  The mixed play (somewhat surprisingly) produced some of the most intense and heated games, while also unfortunately dealing the most injuries – nothing too serious.

The Veterans!

Speaking of intense games, one of the best underlying stories of the tourney came from the rivalry developed between the rookie lead Peterborough Pipe Layers and the veteran laden Cecchetto & Sons. After a 6:1 drubbing by the vets in round robin play highlighted by Ryley Scott’s hat trick, the two teams squared off for a rematch in the quarterfinals. The veterans held a nervous 1:0 lead from five minutes into the game, before the frosh finally solved Imran Gill with just thirty seconds to play in the third period to send this classic to overtime. With the opportunity to cement a legacy amongst SPAD looming, it didn’t take President Chris Ackroyd long to tickle the twine and send Cecchetto & Sons through to the semi-finals. About a minute into the extra frame, the Pres’ came off the bench and took a pass before streaking across the blueline one on three, making a quick fake and snapping the winner home low blocker – final score 2:1. The goal was followed by a beauty one knee fist pump celebration, before being mauled by his teammates as they collapsed the zamboni doors in the excitement (sorry Sudbury Arena staff).

Needless to say, although the games were intense (and at times quite heated), both teams respected each other. And that intensity did not interfere with everyone getting together at Pub for a few drinks or frosh captain Mike Taylor icing Mr. Ackroyd after his winner. What would SPAD tourney be without some rough morning games?

The Frosh!

The other SPAD frosh team, The Royals also made it to the quarterfinals after Brian Kelly scored in the dying seconds of their final round robin game to bring home a tie and push his team into the eighth seed. The Royals tournament was highlighted by the outstanding play of their goaltender Tyler Fisher, who stood on his head for the frosh.

Finally, one more BIG thanks to all the sponsors and SPAD organizers who make this phenomenal weekend possible! On behalf of all the players and coaches: thank-you!

To all the participants: only 358 more days till next year’s tourney, you better toughen up! See you next year! See Flickr Feed for more pictures.

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