2013Jan 28

SPAD Hockey Tournament: Huge Success For All – No CBA Needed

Puck Drop

By SPAD Blogger Benoit Roy

The much anticipated 38th annual Laurentian University SPAD Hockey Tournament was held this past week and played host to some exciting playoff finishes in both the Mixed and Competitive Divisions.  On Friday January 25, round robin play ended and the playoffs began after the final game between 1st year SPAD team, Morning Sherwoods, and 3rd year SPAD team, Royale with Cheese in the Mixed Division.  After a tightly contested first and second period, Royale with Cheese pulled through scoring 3 goals in less than 10 minutes to finish the game 4-1 despite spectacular play by 1st year goaltender, Jessica Inch who battled through an injury.  Ultimately, Royale with Cheese advanced to the semi-finals to face off against the Puckin’ Beauties.  The two teams met prior toMixed Winners this semi-final game with the Beauties beating Royal with Cheese handily by a score of 6-1, but the semi-final brought forth some animosity and passion that carried over from their last meeting.  Ultimately, the game finished 1-0 in favour of the Beauties who moved on to meet Wheel Snipe No Dome in the finals; Wheel beat the Red Devils 2-1 in their own semi-final match to advance to the championship game.  The Mixed Division final was another close contest with Wheel Snipe No Dome and the Puckin’ Beauties exchanging the lead twice in what was an eventual Wheel victory after taking a late third period lead.  Congratulations to Wheel Snipe No Dome on being the 2013 Laurentian University SPAD Hockey Tournament Mixed Division Champions.

The Competitive Division playoffs followed a similar story with close semi-final games between Off to Men and Comp Winnersthe V.E. Rebels, and the Muckers and the Dirty Birds.  The first game was an extremely close affair with Off to Men finishing ahead of the Rebels in a final score of 1-0 to advance to the Competitive Division Finals.  The latter game finished 4-0 for the Muckers who saw their offensive and net-minding performance come through strong in the all-important match.  In the final game, the Muckers and Off to Men rallied through three periods but the game finished 0-0; the overtime period did not solve anything so the teams were off to a shootout! Despite the Muckers valiant effort and solid offensive and defensive contributions through tournament play, the clinching goal was scored by Off to Men who were crowned the 2013 Laurentian University SPAD Hockey Tournament Competitive Division Champions. Congratulations!

 

The tournament also featured the fight for University-wide bragging rights in the annual LU Staff versus LU Faculty game. With Staff-Faculty gameLaurentian University President Dominic Giroux on hand to drop the ceremonial puck, the game started off as a rugged and heated battle with end-to-end action and some great early saves. By the time the third period rolled around, age and fitness levels became apparent as a seesaw battle ended in a 6-4 victory for the Faculty team. The Faculty team’s first victory in years was celebrated with a round of defibrillators and oxygen tanks for all.

The 2013 Laurentian University SPAD Hockey Tournament organizing team would like to thank all the volunteers and individuals who lent their services during the week – it was certainly appreciated.  The tournament organizing team would especially like to thank their sponsors for being a part of another very successful and entertaining SPAD Tournament!:  Laurentian University, Rewind 103.9 FM, Hot 93.5 FM, SGA/AGÉ, Doghouse Sports Bar and Eatery, Doyle’s Marketplace, Laurentian University Faculty of Management, Skater’s Edge Source for Sports, Laurentian University Printing Services, Plexman Dentistry, Topper’s Pizza, Pinnacle Sports, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Gloria’s Restaurant, Barrydowne Family Chiropractic Clinic, Gagnon Opticians, Southridge Mall, and Marble Slab Creamery.

Check out the highlight reel of the tournament here  in the latest episode on the SPAD YouTube Channel.

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