The Seattle Seahawks weren’t the only team to win big in Seattle on Sunday!
The NSWC Atom Hawks defeated the Port Moody Panthers 3-1 in Sunday’s final game to win the Seattle Arctic Blast Squirt/Atom Tournament.
With two divisions and sixteen teams from Washington and British Columbia, the tournament is considered to be the premier “C” tournament of the season.
The Hawks started Friday with an 8-2 win over the host Seattle team, but that afternoon they were downed 3-1 by the very skilled and fast Port Moody Panthers.
On Saturday the Hawks faced a tough opponent in the Semiahmoo Snipers in a game that included ten penalties and no shortage of rough stuff.
The Hawks, not used to playing such a physical style, overcame an early deficit with hard work and heart, and turned the tables for a 4-1 win.
A gritty 3-1 win versus the Victoria Ice Hawks on Sunday morning set up the championship rematch against the undefeated Port Moody Panthers in the afternoon. Both teams battled hard but this time it was the Hawks who came out champions.
The coaching staff said the team’s success was due to a complete team effort, which featured some outstanding play from each and every player.
Grant ‘Hat Trick’ Malcolm got things started in game one, with scoring help from Robbie “Wheels” Hutchison and Devin ‘Two-Way ‘ Macinnes.
Game two same a valiant effort of defense from Richard ‘Game MVP’ de Jong, Liam ‘Freight Train’ Conkin and Eli ‘Never Quits’ McComb.
Game three needed a big push back which came from Graydon ‘Game MVP’ Cronk and Callum ‘Net Presence’ Hansen, while the semi final win was a result of strong efforts from Henry ‘Game MVP’ Gottschalk, Logan ‘Top-Shelf’ Hoffart and Chae ‘Mr. Reliable’ Malcolm.
The championship game needed every player at their best, and with a strategy of shut-down defense and run ‘ n gun offense, the game was never in doubt. Goals came from Nico ‘Gloves’ Grabas and Dryden ‘Game MVP’ Kuramoto, a couple of talented H4’s called up to complete the roster as Harrison ‘All Heart’ Gray was unable to make the road trip.
Finally, it’s no doubt that tournament MVP could easily be awarded to Sammy ‘The Smiling Wall’ McLean, who only allowed a total of eight goals in five games.
Coaches Alan Hutchison, Andrew Malcolm, Gabe Hoffart and Manager James Cronk are very proud of what the kids accomplished this past weekend and how they have developed as players and team mates since the season started.
The Hawks continue their undefeated regular season this week.