Jun 282010

This past weekend, me and a few friends played in the National CBC Play On street hockey tournament. It is a 3-on-3 tournament with a goalie. We played in the Adult Beginner division, and we had a pretty good go of it. Ended up finishing in second place, losing the championship game after a tough string of games to get that far.

I played defence most of the time as did Stefan, while Pat and Matt played forward and Chris played goal.

In the round robin we finished in 3rd place, tops of the teams who suffered a defeat:
Game 1: Hawk’s Heroes vs Doom’s Crew: 2 – 1 win. (8 AM)
Game 2: Hawk’s Heroes vs Johnsons: 8 – 5 loss. (Noon)
Game 3: Hawk’s Heroes vs GFW Shockers: 14 – 6 win. (6:40 PM)

In game 3, we only had 3 players, so we had no substitution. Stefan played goal in Chris’ absence. We played an exhausted Shockers team and ended up doing quite well (I even scored 2 goals).

Sunday was a different story. Starting at around 11 (they were late starting the game..as usual), we had a rematch with sixth seeded Doom’s Crew. Another hard fought 2-1 victory.

This win saw us playing at 12:40 against the undefeated Dark Park Destroyers. This was our hardest game yet. The game was tied at ones after the first half. The second half of the game, we could hardly get the ball out of our end. We had no solid chances to score, and defencively we were scrambling to stay alive. Late in the second half, Matt took a nasty fall on his chest as he went hard to the net and got tangled up with the goalie. Chris played awesome in goal, and managed to get us to a shootout. Pat, Stefan and Matt were our three shooters, and Matt managed to score on our final shot, and Chris shut the door to preserve the win. So we punched our ticket to the championship game at 2:40.

By this time we were all starting to get pretty beat up, and very exhausted. We were facing the number one seeded team who had only played one other game that day. This game started on time, and we managed to make it out of the first half with a 2 – 1 lead, but that is when the wheels fell off. It started to rain, and the street got very slippery, especially where the buses stop, as that pavement was full of oil. Our earlier games caught up with us, and we didn’t have much run left in us. They racked up a few quick goals with some great passing and ended up 6 – 2. We got one back, at 6 – 3, but they finished off 7 – 3.

So we ended up in second place. It was a great weekend, and we did better then we all thought we would, especially since most of us only play once a month or so. Hopefully we will be able to play again next year, and win it all. Attached is the playoff bracket.

Did you play in one of these events across the country? If so, leave a post below.

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