The North Bay Nipissing Reader Minor Peewee AAA Trappers went unbeaten at the Blueline Tournament in Kitchener on the weekend.
However, the record of one win and three ties was not enough for the North Bay team to qualify for the playoff round in the Minor Peewee AAA event.
The Trappers opened the event with a 2-2 tie against the Greater Kingston Frontenacs early Friday morning. Tyler Moore and Caleb Dawson had the goals.
On Friday afternoon, the Trappers finished in another draw, this time 3-3 with the Chatham Kent Cyclones. Nolan Newton, Tyler Moore and Andre Mondoux scored in the second straight Trappers stalemate.
Saturday morning, the Trappers clashed with the Grey Bruce Highlanders and finished in a low scoring 1-1 tie. Caleb Dawson had the lone Trappers goal in their third straight tie.
To break that streak of ties, the players and coaches came to their fourth game without their dress ties in hopes of breaking that streak of stalemates.
It must have worked as the Trappers edged the Windsor Jr. Spitfires 2-1. Masen Wray and Tyler Moore had the goals in the victory.
Trappers head coach John Couch felt the highlight of the weekend was the final game at the Kitchener Auditorium.
“The atmosphere set the tone for us, it was our Grittiest game to date and our goalie Patrick Danis finest game we have seen him play,” stated Couch.
“Windsor may have trumped us in speed and skill but we tipped the scale in the grit and perseverance grid that's for sure.”
The Minor Bantam AAA Trappers traveled to Chelmsford for a pair of games vs the Nickel City Sons. In game one Saturday afternoon the Trappers came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie. Caleb Sanders supplied solid goaltending while goals were scored by Mathis Bernard and Brett Richardson.
On Sunday the Trappers suffered a 3-1 loss. Caelan McAuliffe had a good game between the pipes despite the loss. Anden Ringuette supplied the offence on an unassisted effort.
The Trappers host Nickel City next weekend for games in Verner. Saturday at 1 p.m and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The North Bay Dig Safe Major Bantam AAA Trappers headed south to Kitchener this past weekend to take part in the Kitchener Blueline Tournament.
The Trappers had a tough start to the tournament losing both games on Day 1 of the tournament. They lost 4-2 to the Lambton Jr. Sting in the morning game and 4-1 to the Ottawa Jr. 67s in the afternoon match.
The following morning, the team lost to a speedy Huron Perth Lakers team by a score of 5-1. Despite outplaying this team for periods of time, the Trappers found themselves shorthanded for most of the game. The Dig Safe Trappers managed to squeak out a 2-2 tie in their final game against the Cambridge Hawks.
Every game was close and hard-fought despite final scores.
The boys have a bit of a break over the next couple of weeks, as the will practice and prepare for their next home games versus the Timmins North Stars on November 25-26th.