The Upper Canada Cyclones AAA minor bantam team were recently named AAA Playoff Champions for 2010-2011 after defeating the Eastern Ontario Wild AAA in the final round.
The Cyclones ended the season in third place behind the Wild and the Ottawa Senators. The Cyclones easily handled the Senators team in the first round of playoffs, defeating them 6-2, 4-1, 2-0 and 6-2. The Cyclones lost only one game in this series, 3-2.
The Cyclones were ready for the Wild and came out full force winning the opener 5-2. It was all the Cyclones from there on as they defeated the Wild 6-3 and 3-2. With the fourth game looming, the Cyclones needed only a tie to win the series and they waited until 20 seconds in the third period, with a player in the penalty box, to score the goal, tie the game, win the series and be named “Playoff Champions”.
The Cyclones draw players from numerous associations throughout the Ottawa Valley and members of this team were from Brockville, Prescott, Iroquois, Long Sault, Richmond, Metcalfe and Smiths Falls.
Pictured above are team members. Front row (l-r): Andrew Caicco, Quinn Wichers, Geoffrey Lawson, Jordan Johnson (Assistant Coach), Bruce Johnson (Head Coach), Shane Woolsey, Junau St. Germain, Aidan Ethier. Second row (l-r): Bruce Doef (trainer), Bobbi-Jean Doef (Co-manager), Bradley Reed , Cory Morrell, Matthew Noory, Chris Galea, Zachary Brant, Evan Mantha, Sarah Lawson (Co-manager). Third row (l-r): Tyson Kirkby, Neil Doef, Samuel Tremblay, Scott Hope, Cole Haggar, Zach Shankar.