Hanover LL1 Atoms Reach Finals of Canadian Tire Cup Tourney, News, Atom LL 1 (Hanover Minor Hockey Association)

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Hanover LL1 Atoms Reach Finals of Canadian Tire Cup Tourney
Submitted By Katrina on Monday, November 25, 2019
 - By Andy Clark

This year’s Hanover Falcons Atom Local League 1 team showed a lot of character on the way to being finalists in the 16 team Canadian Tire Cup tournament hosted in Hanover.  Their pathway included a thrilling overtime shoot-out as well as an impressive comeback win.



First up was an early morning game against eventual Consolation Winners, the Walkerton Capitals.  Goalie Elliot Farley made a save on a breakaway mere seconds into the game.  That allowed the Falcons to get their skates moving and a few minutes later Christian Yenssen wove his way into the Capitals zone and picked the top corner on an unassisted effort. Early in the 2nd period, defender Garyn Abell moved the puck to Mitch Galbraith who carried the puck deep before making a nice pass out front to Yenssen who tucked it in. Colton Messerschmidt used his speed to score 2 quick ones shortly after – the first assisted by Kalleigh Carter with the other unassisted.  Walkerton broke the shut-out in the third when Hunter Rowe put one home after a scramble out front to make the score 4-1.  Farley made many solid saves throughout to earn Player of the Game honours.

The LL1 Falcons started the second game unsure of themselves against the Arran-Elderslie Ice Dogs.  The Ice Dogs took advantage scoring 4 unanswered – Connor Brockman snagging 2 goals and 2 assists for the visitors.  The Hanover coaches then managed to get the Falcons settled down and their confidence returned with a Yenssen unassisted marker with 3 minutes left in the period.  He scored another 73 seconds later with assists going to Chase Voll and Galbraith.  Messerschmidt scored another before the period ended with assists going to Cayden Carter and Grayden Hahn. Early in the second frame Aiden Benninger rushed the puck out of his own zone then made a nice pass to Yenssen who found Galbraith to tie things up.  Cayden Carter backhanded a rebound in from the slot 17 seconds later for the game-winner but the Falcons were not done yet!  Galbraith scored 2 more goals to complete the hat trick, as did Yenssen who finished as Player of the Game with 4 goals and 3 assists.  Assists went to Yenssen (2), Dawson Clark, Galbraith, Abell and Hahn.  Final score on the comeback was 9 – 4!

Next up were a strong Team Alphabet (TCDMHA), also known as the Chatsworth Rebels.   The teams were evenly matched and exchanged chances and goals through the first two frames which ended with Hanover ahead 3 to 2.  Yenssen potted 2 of the Falcons tallies, the first assisted by Hahn with the other assisted by Galbraith. The third goal was scored on a breakaway by Messerschmidt engineered by passes from Cayden Carter and Abell.  The Rebels evened things up in the third, then Grayden Hahn hit the post after making a beautiful power play rush, which led to a Galbraith goal from Yenssen.  The Rebels tied things up late in the game despite Elliot Farley’s noble efforts.  The Falcons were short-handed for a chunk of overtime but managed to push matters to a 5 round shoot out where the teams shot simultaneously.  Kieran Clark, freshly converted to defence on the day, found the back of the net first for the Falcons on a nifty backhand to forehand deke.  Farley only allowed one Rebel to score, while Galbraith also made good on his chance to give the Falcons a 5-4 win and punch their ticket to the tournament final!  Galbraith was named Hanover’s Player of the Game.

Standing between the Falcons and the tournament championship were the formidable Bayfield-Clinton-Hensall Ice Dogs who had overcome a strong Hanover LL2 team in the semi-final after handing a pair of 7-1 drubbings to 2 teams from A centres (Owen Sound and New Hamburg).  Hanover LL1 were eager and ready to go.  The Falcons drew first blood on a Yenssen end-to-end rush and snipe high glove side (assisted by Galbraith).  However, the Falcons soon ran out of gas despite showing determination, and they succumbed 4-1 to the tight-checking BCH Ice Dogs.  Messerschmidt took Player of the Game honours for the runners-up, while the Falcons players elected goalie Elliot Farley as their Player of the Tournament.  The Falcons showed great determination and resilience despite being a relatively young and inexperienced team and the players are looking to build on this success at the upcoming Richmond Hill tournament.
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