Montreal will always be a special place for the members of the 2019-2020 Oakridge Aeros Peewee MD hockey team. Coming off two tournament wins earlier in the season (in Stratford in September and Cambridge in November), the boys were excited to head to Montreal for the CAN/AM tournament in mid-February – especially after working so hard off the ice to fundraise for the trip (and, of course, working hard on the ice at practices).
The boys had a great time riding the bus down to Montreal and getting hyped for the tournament. Their first game was against the Laval Dynamos, and they came away with a convincing 5-0 win. Next, it was Mimico Blue, and the Aeros won again. Six of the Oakridge boys participated in a skills competition, winning the relay and placing second in the shootout competition.
Meanwhile, the third game continued their winning streak, as the team beat the Princeton Tigers from New Jersey. The Aeros’ undefeated run put them into the finals, where they faced off in a rematch against Mimoco Blue from Etobicoke – a very good team.
The final was full of excitement, and after three periods the score was tied 2-2. It took three(!) overtime periods to decide a winner. In that third extra frame, the Aeros scored with 1:17 left to capture the winning trophy. The victory is a great memory for all. So, too, was the Habs game the players enjoyed, plus the experiences at some fabulous restaurants and some sightseeing!
Go Aeros go!
By Jen Gallagher and photo by Peter Gallagher