Langley Ice Dawgz tame Beasts
They may not have been the favourite going in, but the Langley (LY8) Ice Dawgz left as the Cup champions.
“We were fifth going in, but top dogs going out,” said coach Steve Pitt.
His Ice Dawgz team defeated the Langley (LY7) Beast 3-0 in the finals of the Langley Bantam Cup on Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
Aidan Robertson opened the scoring and Jon Price added two goals and an assist.
“It is amazing to win, especially with some of my friends on the other side,” said Robertson, adding that this would give him bragging rights over the summer.
“I knew we had the ability to win the Cup if we wanted,” Pitt said.
“It was whether the guys would step up to the plate.”
“We stuck with the game plan.
“These boys are fast and strong and they played some good, responsible hockey.”
For Pitt and some of the team members, including his son Brandon, this was their third Cup win in the past four years as they also won back-to-back Langley Peewee Cups in 2009 and 2010.
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Langley Ice Dawgz’ Cayden Birch (left) and Parker Halliwell close in on Langley Beast’s Colton Poohachoff during the Langley bantam Cup final at the George Preston Recreation Centre. The Ice Dawgz won the Cup with a 3-0 victory.
“This is my third time winning it, and it is always a lot of fun,” Brandon Pitt said.
The players credited the coaching staff.
“We listened to the coaches,” Price said.
“They knew what they were talking about.”
The Ice Dawgz also overcame the loss of assistant captain Alex Wilkinson, who was lost to a broken finger in the second period of the championship game.
This was the team’s third tournament victory as they also took top spot at an event in Surrey back in December and then the week before the Langley Cup in Chilliwack.
Altogether, they closed the season on an 11-game winning streak.
The bantam Ice Dawgz consist of: Andrew Cupples, Hunter Ross, Sam Branhart, Thomas Bears, Mac Beaton, Cayden Birch, Chris Fleugel, Parker Halliwell, Cole Larmour, Eric Olson, Brandon Pitt, Jon Price, Aidan Robertson, Justin Skinner and Alex Wilkinson.
Coaches are Steve Pitt, Bruce Robertson and Troy Ross.