Gyori Farms

Amherstburg team takes home top spot in recent Hockey for Hospice tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local pee wee house league team hit its stride in the recent Hockey for Hospice tournament.

The tournament, held at four arenas including the Libro Centre from Dec. 27-29, saw the Gyori Farms team from Amherstburg take home the gold medal in the pee wee “C” division. The team is coached by Mike Van Essen and Jeff Colledge with Keith Lauzon being the trainer.

“We’ve been struggling in house league but they are always in sync and playing well,” said Frank Cleminson, a parent and volunteer with the team.

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

In the first game of the Hockey for Hospice tournament, they were up against LaSalle Sports Zone and Cleminson said that the Amherstburg team was down 2-0 heading into the third period and came back to tie the game.

“In every other game, we never had the lead and came to win it in the third period,” said Cleminson.

In the finals, the Gyori Farms team met up with the LaSalle Sports Zone team again. Gavin Colledge gave the Amherstburg team the lead but LaSalle came back to tie it then went up 2-1 with three minutes left in the third, Cleminson said. Amherstburg then scored with six seconds left in the third period and again approximately 30 seconds into overtime with Ben Godin getting the tying and winning goals.

“In the first 30 seconds, we won the game and the championship,” Cleminson recalled.

The team’s MVP was goalie Ben Todd.

“He just had an outstanding tournament,” said Cleminson.

By winning the tournament, the Amherstburg Gyori Farms pee wee team gained a lot of confidence as they returned to their house league schedule, he added.

“It was a big team building tournament for them,” said Cleminson. “It was really good for the kids.”