Peewee AA Nighthawks win regional Silver Stick
SUBMITTED PHOTO The Northumberland Nighthawks peewee AA team celebrates after winning its division at the Pembroke Regional Silver Stick hockey tournament.
The Northumberland Railside Restaurant Nighthawks peewee AA team traveled to Pembroke recently to compete in the regional Silver minor hockey tournament.
The weekend started with a successful round-robin for the Nighthawks that included a 7-2 victory over Kingston, a 3-1 win over the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces and a 2-2 tie against the Ottawa Sting.
Owen Beck and Noah Richard led the scoring for the Nighthawks during round-robin play.
In the semifinals, the Nighthawks faced Upper Ottawa Valley again and prevailed 4-1. The win was highlighted by Brayden Burge’s goaltending and goals by Owen Beck, Conor Gilligan, Clayton Clark and Noah Richard.
The semifinal win set up a snowy Sunday night championship final against the Ottawa Sting, which turned out to be a game that the players, parents and coaches won’t soon forget.
After the teams traded goals in the first period, the game remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play. The Nighthawks’ first period goal was scored by Rhett Cleverdon.
Overtime consisted of 10-minute, 3-on-3 periods. In the first overtime period, the teams traded glorious scoring chances, but both goaltenders held their ground and the game remained tied at the end of the first overtime period. The Nighthawks’ Oscar Brown made three breakaway saves in the first overtime period to keep the game tied.
Finally, halfway through the second overtime period, the Nighthawks captured victory on a goal off the stick of Connor Patrick who parked himself in front of the net and hammered home the winning goal after receiving a goalmouth pass from Hayden Howe.
With the tournament win, the Nighthawks will travel to Port Huron, Michigan to compete in the International Silver Stick Finals at the end of January.
The peewee AA Nighthawks team roster is made up by Brayden Burge (G), Oscar Brown (G), Spencer Eriksson (F), Conor Gilligan (F), Hayden Odurny (D), Clayton Clark (F), Bailey Pipe (F), Zack Dewar (D), Rhett Cleverdon (D), Easton Adamson (F), Hayden Howe (D), Connor Patrick (F), Nick Moore (D), Emmanuel Barrie (F), Kyle Ramsperger (D), Owen Beck (F) and Noah Richard (F).
The team is coached by Mike Cleverdon, Greg Bowen and Wes Eriksson and the trainer is Jason Brown.