Congratulations to the 14u Buffalo Junior Sabres on winning this year’s The Cup North American Championship!
The Junior Sabres became the first Buffalo team to ever come out on top at this tournament and it couldn’t have been done in a more exciting fashion, than with a close 3-2 win over the Buffalo Regals in the final.
“It’s difficult in any tournament to go 7-0, but when you have to go through one of the most highly rated teams in Ontario in the semis and then a very emotional game with a local rival in the finals, it makes it an even more special accomplishment by the players,” Head Coach Bill Loupee said. “We had several guys playing injured because nobody was willing to sit on the sidelines. It was a very special team effort.”
Loupee was very excited about the team’s play in their undefeated seven-game stretch this weekend and mentioned several players making a difference along the way.
Normally on defense, Aidan Ballotin was asked to play forward for the last two games and he took full advantage having a great overall performance and scoring a goal in the process in his new position.
Patrick Cole had the most goals for the team on the weekend as the team tallied 28 goals in only seven games. “Michael Bevilacqua also had a big weekend for us,” Loupee mentioned.
The tournament presented Junior Sabres forward Jak Vaarwerk with the Most Valuable Player award after he had an incredible performance and netted two of the team’s three goals in the Championship game.
The Junior Sabres ride to the title included victories over Hamilton Junior Bulldogs (2), Markham Majors, Soo Greyounds, Peterborough Petes, Mississauga Rebels and the Buffalo Regals. The Mississauga Rebels are currently ranked 6th in Ontario.
The team will now move their focus to several exhibition games before they leave for the T1EHL Playoffs in Blaine, Minnesota over President’s Day Weekend.
vs. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs W 3-0
vs. Markham Majors W 4-2
vs. Soo Greyhounds W 3-1
vs. Peterborough Petes W 3-1
vs. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs W 6-0
vs. Mississauga Rebels W 6-3
vs. Buffalo Regals W 3-2