U14AAA Champs In Oakville, News (Ajax Pickering Minor Hockey)

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Jan 26, 2024 | Leo Nat | 445 views
U14AAA Champs In Oakville
Congratulations to the U14AAA Raiders on becoming 2024 Oakville Rangers Winter Classic Tournament champions this past weekend!   In round robin play, the U14s beat the Oakville Rangers (5-1), York-Simcoe Express (5-2) and lost to the Burlington Eagles (7-2). However, a tie with the Oshawa Generals (1-1) on goal scored in the final moments of their last round robin game punched the Raiders’ ticket to the semi-finals.  

Congratulations to the U14AAA Raiders on becoming 2024 Oakville Rangers Winter Classic Tournament champions this past weekend!

In round robin play, the U14s beat the Oakville Rangers (5-1), York-Simcoe Express (5-2) and lost to the Burlington Eagles (7-2). However, a tie with the Oshawa Generals (1-1) on goal scored in the final moments of their last round robin game punched the Raiders’ ticket to the semi-finals. 

A 4-2 victory Sunday morning over the defending OMHA Champion Whitby Wildcats in the semis landed the boys in the finals versus a confident Burlington Eagles team who presented the greatest challenge to the group during round robin play.

Unfazed and mission-focused, the team battled hard through three periods. As the clock was winding down, the team was trailing on the scoreboard 3-2 until they ultimately found the back of the net on a thrilling buzzer-beating goal with their net empty and less than one second left in the game. Having pushed the game into overtime, the U14s harnessed the momentum from their late goal and continued to play with the grit and heart they had displayed throughout the weekend. As the Raiders continued to drive the pace in the 3 on 3 overtime period, Burlington took a tripping penalty in lieu of allowing a streaking Raider a high-quality uncontested scoring chance. The boys capitalized by finally converting on the power play to secure sudden victory and win the U14AAA Championship at Canada’s largest tournament!

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