Rice Lake Ravens Bantam Team
The first game was against host team Innisfil, which was won by a score of 3 : 1 with goals going to Dale Cook, Dalton Samis and Jack Brown. The second game was a nail biter as the score ended up being a 1-1 draw against a very fired up team from Midland with our lone goal going to Dale Cook. Knowing they needed a big effort on Sunday morning to ensure a spot in the Semi final game, they went on to beat Oakridges by a score of 9: 2 with Dale Cook scoring 4, Dalton Samis scoring 3, Ben Vansteijn scoring 1 and Tyrus Smith scoring 1. This win allowed the Ravens to finish first in their pool. In the semifinal game they played a team from Welland and shut them out 3:0 with 2 goals going to Dalton Samis and a single marker going to Dale Cook. They were now on to the final Championship game. Game 5 in 2 days against none other than the host Innisfil team. In a very spirited final game the boys from Rice Lake took the lead in the first minute of play with a goal from their captain Dale Cook, Innisfil not to be outdone replied in the second minute of play. Rice Lake took the lead again at 2:32 of the first period with a goal from Dalton Samis but Innisfil not to be outdone cashed in with 1:35 left in the first period. The second period saw the teams trade chances but the goaltenders on both teams came up with big saves for their teams. At the 3:02 mark of the 3rd period Rice Lake again took the lead with a goal from Dale Cook with Innisfil replying at the 9:56 mark to again tie the game. Finally with 1:54 left in the 3rd Tyrus Smith netted the winner on a beautiful set up from Brandon Doran. Although Innisfil pushed hard the Ravens played stingy defence and did not allow the host team to get a chance to tie it up again.
All the players contributed to win the A championship as everyone on the team contributed with points(Goals or assists) showing that they truly played together as a team. (they were also one of the cleanest teams in the tournament as Rice Lake players only had 7 minor penalties in 5 games.
The goaltending duo of Connor Cunningham and Jacob Walker had an outstanding tournament by holding the opposition to just 7 goals over 5 games.
This has capped off a very successful season for the Ravens as they finished 1st in the United Counties Bantam league, captured the A championship in Playoffs in this league, finished first in league cross over games against LEO league teams, won the A championship in the Rice Lake Bantam Tournament and the B championship in the Grafton Bantam Tournament as well. This team has only lost 6 games out of 51 games this season.
Team Members are as follows : Dale Cook, Dalton Samis, Tyrus Smith, Connor Cunningham, Ben VanSteijn, Cole Botrie, Jack Brown, Jacob Walker, Jacob Brill, Byron Schillaci, Cody Butterley, Connor Ferguson, Brandon Doran.
Coaching staff : Doug Cook, David Walker, Wayne Smith and Cody Harrison.