Langley the Ones in Cup play
With nine players in their final year of minor hockey, the Langley (LY1) Ones had their hearts set on capturing the Langley Midget Cup.
“The focus all year was on the Langley Cup,” admitted coach Norm Williams.
“We were pretty close last year,” said Jon Aalhus, a left-winger on the team.
“To win it our final year, we are definitely happy.”
The Ones defeated the Langley (LY9) Ice 3-2 in the Langley Midget Cup final on Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
“As a third-year, to finally get to win the Cup, it is just a good way to end,” said Brett Abercrombie, a centre on the team.
“You can win tournaments out of town, but this is the one the players really want to win,” added assistant coach Al Abercrombie.
The Ice opened the scoring in the first period on a breakaway goal from Mitchell Connor.
That was the game’s only goal until late in the second when Devon Suidy scored for the Ones on a breakaway of his own.
“We knew we were capable of scoring. It was just a matter of time,” Brett Abercrombie said.
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Langley Ones’ Dale Putnam jostles for position with Langley Ice’s Alexander Ferguson in front of goaltender Jordan Putnam during the Langley Midget Cup final on Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre. The Ones won the Cup with a 3-2 win.
That was all the scoring until five minutes remained in regulation when Eric Johnston put the Ones ahead 2-1. Suidy added his second goal with 1:39 to go and that proved to be huge as Connor scored his second of the game with 28 seconds remaining.
The Ones were the second seed at the nine-team double knockout tournament.
They beat LY3 2-0 and then got their offence on track, scoring seven goals apiece in the next two games, 7-4 over LY8 and 7-1 over LY6.
Williams said the team was capable of playing either the high-scoring or the tight games, whichever was needed on that particular day.
The Ice won 2-0 over LY2 in the first game, but lost 4-3 to LY6 in the second contest.
On the relegation side where another loss would have knocked them out, the Ice stayed alive to win a pair of elimination games.
The midget Ones consist of: Jordan Putnam, James Aalhus, Jon Aalhus, Brett Abercrombie, Kyrin Adams-Brown, Mack Allen, Myles Crockart, Sawyer Green, Eric Johnston, Dale Putnam, Devan Suidy, Brendan Uotuk, Kevin Williams, Curtis Wright, Robert Oullette, Gary Traynor and Josh Redekop.
Coaches are Norm Williams, Al Abercrombie and Tyler Williams and manager is Kim Williams.