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Dundalk Tyke Blue Finishes Season In Style at the Durham Tournament
Submitted By mbroderick on Sunday, March 24, 2013
It has been a very positive season for Dundalk Tyke Blue but one big date had been looming on the calendar, the Durham Tournament.  This tournament attracts many of the better teams from the W.O.A.A. so Blue had no idea what to expect.  On the schedule were three new teams with Blue playing the Arran Elderslie Senior Tyke team, West Grey and Mount Forest.  No matter how strong each team would be, Blue would bring their hard work, superior skating to each game and fun would be the the number one goal of the day. 

In the first game against Arran-Elderslie Senior, it was very clear early that Blue would not be overly challenged.  Playing with confidence Blue got out to a quick start bringing the attack to the Ice Dogs on the first shift.  After a few good scoring chances, the buzzer went just as Blue had a scoring chance.  On the second shift of the game Aidan Broderick and Jimmy Stevens showed a connection that would prove to exist throughout the tournament as Jimmy passed to Aidan who made no mistake for the first goal of the game.   The two did not stop there, as Jimmy scored the line's second goal for that shift just fifteen seconds later from Aidan and Amber Rice.  Once the floodgates were open, Blue kept the pressure on and scored at will.  Another pair that really seemed to work well in this game was the combination of Dante Hannivan and Wylie Ferris.  Dante, with five goals and an assist, and Wylie with a goal and two assists moved the puck to each other with ease and had many scoring chances. Another huge game for Amber Rice, creating scoring chances, playing solid defense and adding six assists for the team.  Other goal scorers in this game were: Jimmy Stevens with two, Aidan Broderick added two more for a hatrick, Brody Verbeek with two, Quentin Welsh and Wyatt Goheen.  In this game, in which all players skated hard, moved the puck well and put the puck in the net, the final score was 15-0.

Tyke Blue's second game was guaranteed to be more difficult than the first game as the team had to play West Grey, an amalgamated team from Ayton and Durham.  With a familiar group of defenseman with Wyatt Goheen, Brody Verbeek, Quentin Welsh and Aidan Broderick, West Grey could not get through the wall.  The defense crew started the scoring too, with Aidan Broderick taking a pass in his own end from Dante and then going coast to coast with a nice finish to get the team started.  The next three goals highlighted two of the most improved players on the team.  Amber scored the team's second goal from Dante.  Then, Jimmy scored two goals...carbon copies of each other from his office at the side of the net, from point man feeds from Aidan B.  The second half of the game showed how strong the Hannivan line was in this game and showed who the go to goalscorer is.  Dante scored the final three goals of the game which included two assists for Amber and Wyatt and the first assist of Chase Tester's career.  Tester, who has been improving steadily since taking up the game, really moved well in this one and made a nice pass to Dante who took the puck into the zone and made no mistake.  With starting goalie Keegan MacPherson back from Hawaii, and the team playing so well, a second shutout was inevitable and a 7-0 final and pride of a second straight victory for Blue.

Blue's third game would be against the 2-0 Mount Forest team, after a long break.  With tyke players, anything can happen after the lunch break and a long period without playing, especially when it is the third game of the day.  On the first shift of the game, it was the Dante-Wiley show again.  Dante scored three goals on this important first shift of the game, with two assists from Wiley.  On their next shift, both Dante and Wiley added goals.  When it was all said and done, Dante had his best game of the tournament, with seven goals.  Aidan B also had his best game of the tournament as he took the puck off the strongest Mount Forest players and turned those turnovers into scoring chances.  Aidan scored two goals and added five assists.  The score really does not do justice for how well matched the two teams were early on in the game.  However, the first shift of the game and some huge saves by Keegan MacPherson allowed Blue to build up a big lead.  In the end, an 11-2 win really showed the dominant performance of the Tyke Blue team in this tournament. 

What was really shown in this tournament was the overall team speed of Dundalk Tyke Blue and with every player getting at least one point, team play was paramount.  Dundalk Tyke Blue plays a complete game with strong goaltending in the net with Keegan (goals against average of 0.67), strong defense corps who play great defense but also paces the offense, mainly Aidan Broderick (6 goals, 11 assists), Brody Verbeek (3 goals), Quentin Welsh (5 assists), Wyatt Goheen (1 goal, 3 assists) and Amber Rice (1 goal, 10 assists), a great offense but with forwards who also help out on the defensive end of the ice.  Getting the offense on the go for much of the tournament was Dante Hannivan (15 goals, 5 assists) and Wiley Ferris (1 goal, 5 assists).  Jimmy Stevens proved all tournament long that he has really turned a corner with his focus as he was a scoring threat every time on the ice (4 goals, 3 assists).  Josh Broderick and Chase Tester, round out the strong offense, each adding an assist and having more time carrying the puck.  Most important, the players were all smiles all day long as each player had fun and enjoyed their day of hockey.  
In the end, rolling two lines for Blue, with the superior skating skills, the W.O.A.A. teams did not stand a chance.  Blue won most races to the puck, handled the puck well and showed great passing skills (their team work clearly identified).  Once again, the talk around the lobby was about the Dundalk Tyke Blue team with their overall skills and great positioning showing that Blue was in a class of their own. 
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