Griffins grow all season, cap it off with Cup win
After a slow start to the season, the Langley Griffins picked up momentum and finished things off by capturing the Langley Cup for the atom division.
“They just grew as a team all season long,” said coach Darcy Frederick.
“We finished off playing our best hockey and the scores are reflective of that.”
The Griffins capped things off with a 7-1 victory over the Langley Blades in the championship final on March 30 at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
In the Griffins’ three other games in the annual Cup tournament, they won 5-2, 7-2 and 5-1.
The Blades had lost their first game of the double knockout tournament but reeled off three straight win-or-go home games to advance to the finals before running into a Griffens squad that has been on fire for the latter half of the season.
“We started off a little bit slow but we have played well the rest of the season,” Frederick said.
The Griffins won the regular season banner after prevailing in a tiebreaker game and then went undefeated in the playoff round to capture the Fraser Valley West banner.
They carried that momentum into the Langley Cup, steamrolling their opponents by a combined score of 24-6.
“We like to play an uptempo style and rely on teamwork,” Frederick said.
“Everyone has a role and a responsibility.”
The Griffins also won a tournament on the Sunshine Coast back in January and finished the season with a record of 30-5-5.