Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Predators Beat Bruins for PeeWee & Bantam Title

I missed Sunday's matinee against the Caps for a good reason. I was at The Rinx in Hauppauge, Long Island, New York watching my grandson, Nicholas, and his team, the Predators, face off against the Bruins for the PeeWee and Bantam Championship. Before a big and noisy crowd the Predators shutout the Bruins 6-0 to win the championship game.

The Predators were dominant throughout against a feisty Bruins team. Is this a portend of what's to come with the Rangers against the Bruins? The five Predator forwards were relentless with their forechecking and swarming around the net. All five racked up points with the goal scorers being Charlie, Tommy and Mike. The other two forwards Tony and Alex were constantly around the net.

The defense was rock solid. The pairings were Sam and Nick and the other pair was John and Dan. They were rock solid in front of goalie Heather, who recorded the shutout with a multitude of saves. The defense was also solid on offense working the points to perfection, keeping the puck in the Bruins' zone.

The third period was chippy with numerous penalties called. There were two, four minute, penalties called, one against each team. Both for excessive boarding. Nicholas was nailed with a hard charging hit while skating with his head down. A two minute PP was given the Predators and Nicholas bounced right back up. The Predators scored on the ensuing PP. The penalties were so frequent that at one time the Predators had a four on three.

Number one son, Michael, was the coach ably assisted by Bill. All in all a very satisfactory and fun day watching these young kids on both the Predators and Bruins put on a lively contest. Well done guys.

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  • Down by the Seaside said...

    Sounds like a dandy!

  • Section 335 said...

    I recall how hard it was to make my son feel the puck without looking down. Perhaps you can tell him about a player called Eric Lindros and what keeping your head down in peewee can mean when you grow up?

    Anyway, nice story. Always more fun than MSG when you see your own.

  • jb said...

    How would you describe Coach Michael's approach? Tortorella like? Renney like?

    What did he say in the post-game press conference?

  • mike said...

    jb-First he thanked his team for a great performance. He did this after congratulating the coach and players of the other team.

    Then he thanked the fans, the parents of the kids he coached.

    Then he called the team together for a team photo.