The Scarborough Sharks Girls Hockey Association managed to keep some of the hardware for themselves from their huge 29th annual Ice Trials hockey tournament, which ran Jan. 4 to 6.
The filled-to-capacity tournament, with well more than 100 teams and 1,800 players, was split into six age divisions (atom, peewee, bantam, midget, intermediate and senior) at the four top skill levels (AA, A, BB, B).
That all translated into 17 championship games on Sunday with the host Scarborough Sharks organization winning two of them and settling for silver in three other games.
Sharks winners are:
BANTAM BB: the Scarborough Sharks bantam BB team won the gold medal game 3-0 over Woolwich Wild, avenging an earlier preliminary round 1-0 defeat. It was the only multi-goal winning margin for the Sharks in the ultra-competitive division. The Sharks won their semifinal 1-0 over Durham West Lightning after posting a preliminary round record of one win, one tie and two losses (2-2 with North Bay, 2-1 over West Huron and two 1-0 losses to Woolwich Wild and Russell Coyotes).
SENIOR A: the Scarborough Sharks senior A team won the gold medal game 1-0 over previously undefeated Durham West Lightning in a shootout. The two had finished one-two atop their five-team division, Scarborough’s only loss in the preliminary round was to Durham West 4-3. Scarborough earned second place (and a berth in the championship game) with two preliminary round 4-0 wins over Timmins and Niagara as well as a 0-0 tie with Ottawa.
PEEWEE B: the Scarborough Sharks lost the peewee B championship game 3-0 to Sudbury. Scarborough won its semifinal 2-1 over Peterborough. The Sharks had one win and three losses in the preliminary round, but it was still good enough to outright earn their four-team division’s second seed.
ATOM BB: the Scarborough Sharks atom BB team lost a heartbreaker to Aurora 3-2 in a shootout. The Sharks only loss in the preliminary round was also to Aurora 2-0. Scarborough added two wins (2-0 over Durham West and 5-0 over Markham-Stouffville) and one tie (1-1 with Flamborough). Aurora ended up with five straight wins.
BANTAM AA: the Scarborough Sharks bantam AA team only lost one game in the tournament, in the championship game 2-1 to Saugeen-Maitland. The Sharks managed to beat them in the preliminary round 4-2. And everyone else, as well – 4-1 over Kanata, 6-0 over North Bay, 4-0 over Leaside and (in the semifinal game) 6-3 over Peterborough.
Championship game results summary:
Atom AA: Durham 5, Whitby 2
Atom BB: Aurora 3, Scarborough 2 (shootout)
Atom B: Kanata 5, Aurora 0
Peewee AA: St. Catharines 4, Kingston 2
Peewee A: North Bay 3, Sarnia 2 (shootout)
Peewee BB: Carleton 2, Kanata 0
Peewee B: Sudbury 3, Scarborough 0
Bantam AA: Saugeen-Maitland 2, Scarborough 1
Bantam A: Temiskaming Shores 4, Aurora 2
Bantam BB: Scarborough 3, Woolwich 0
Bantam B: Leaside 1, Oakville 0
Midget AA: Toronto Aeros 2, Durham West 1
Midget A: Nepean 2, Aurora 0
Midget BB: Burlington 1, Durham West 0
Midget B: Leaside 2, Nepean 1
Intermediate A: Sudbury 3, Oshawa 2 (overtime)
Senior A: Scarborough 1 Durham West 0 (shootout)
Complete tourney results at www.scarboroughsharks.com