This year has been another successful year for the FallFest Tournament. There were 70 teams within 12 divisions playing at nine arenas from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon.
Success came early Sunday morning for our Kitchener teams.
The Bantam A team came in first after the round robin with four victories. They faced off against the Markham-Stouffville Stars in the championship game. Kitchener had bettered Markham in the round robin with a 2 – 0 win but this time our opposition came out ready to play and was up 2 – 0 after one period. After a pep talk, Kitchener came out hungry for the second period, tying the game at two apiece by the end of the second. Kitchener took the lead 3 – 2 early in the third and held on for the gold medal.
The Bantam BB team went undefeated in four round-robin games with three shutouts and then played a strong Wilmot team in the championship. Scoreless after one period, Kitchener took the lead half way through the second period. Wilmot, fighting hard, tied the game 1 – 1 before the period ended. With no goals in the third, the game went into overtime. Just over a minute and a half into overtime, Kitchener scored to win the gold!
The Kitchener Senior A team was a dominant force, going undefeated in the round robin with 16 goals for and only one against. They played the Brampton Canadettes in the gold medal game. Coming out strong, Kitchener took an early 1 – 0 lead just over a minute into the game and led 2 – 1 by the end of the first. With Kitchener dominating the play, Brampton’s defence cracked late in the second, allowing two more goals so it was 4 – 1. No suspense here as Kitchener went on to take the gold with a 6 – 1 victory.
Our Intermediate A team also did us proud. After going 1 – 0 – 2 in round-robin play, they won their quarter-final game 3 – 1 against Brampton. They continued their winning ways Sunday morning by defeating Peterborough 2 – 1 in their semifinal. They then faced a very strong St. Catharines team in the championship. Kitchener was holding their own, tied 0 – 0 after two periods. St Catharines scored with under two minutes gone in the third but Kitchener fought hard and scored in the middle of the period to tie it. Play was going back and forth but, with three minutes left in the game, St Catharines scored and held on for a 2 – 1 win. The Intermediate A team finished the tournament with a silver medal.
One very important event held at the FallFest Tournament is the silent auction. Kitchener teams bring in items for auction while all tournament participants may bid on them with a portion of the proceeds going to the Donna Weber Foundation. This foundation assists families who cannot afford the full cost of playing hockey. This was another great auction year as over $1,800 was raised for the foundation.
I would like to congratulate all of our Kitchener Lady Ranger teams for representing our centre so well. Also, a huge thank-you to all of the volunteers who helped make the tournament and auction run so smoothly. Thanks to our sponsors as well; your generosity went a long way in helping the families of Kitchener Minor Hockey.