Midget A wins OMHA Championship
The Bulldogs travelled to New Hamburg to try and close out the series.
With a large supporting crowd (courtesy of the Mayor's Office sponsored fan
bus) the team got off to a quick start on a goal by Joe Heath from Brett Young
and Nick Vecchiarelli. New Hamburg scored before the end of the first to tie
things up. The Huskies scored the only goal of the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead.
After New Hamburg scored early in the 3rd it looked like the game was out of
reach until Evan Barroso scored from Philippe Lafreniere and Jaden McDonald to
pull the Bulldogs within one. Then with 28 seconds left Spencer Ripley, coming off the bench for extra attacker, put a backhand top corner from Young and Derian Carter to tie the game at 3-3 silencing the hometown crowd. On the ensuing face-off the Bulldogs moved quickly down ice for another great scoring chance that was turned away by the New Hamburg goalie. The Huskies cleared the zone, drove the puck down to the Bulldogs end for a goal mouth scramble. With only 3.4 seconds left a penalty shot was given to New Hamburg who capitalised to steal the game 4-3.
OMHA Finals Game 5
Playing before the largest crowd ever at the Leisure Centre the Bulldogs came out flying at the opening puck drop. The Bulldogs opened the scoring on a goal by Isaac Moniz from Nick Vecchiarelli. The action was back and forth into the 2nd period until Derian Carter scored from a beautiful pass from Spencer Ripley. New Hamburg battled back and pulled within one on a power play goal and the period ended with 2-1 Bulldogs lead.
With the crowd buzzing the teams played a hard fought battle in the 3rd period. With two minutes left Bradford was awarded a penalty shot but were unable to score. They then found themselves shorthanded and down on a 6-4 after New Hamburg pulled their goalie. Mitch Giglio however shut the door and the Bulldogs won their first OMHA title in 17 years. Giglio was also earned game MVP honours.
The team now moves on to play in the OHF Finals April 7th-April 9th in Mississauga.
Team photo courtesy of Bradford Times Newspaper.
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