Copper Cliff Major Atom Redmen join an elite group
by Randy Pascal
The Copper Cliff Major Atom "AA" Redmen have entered into rarified company.
A 3-0 shutout of the Leaside Flames in the championship final of the Atom "AA" International Silver Stick in Sarnia this past weekend would bring to three the
number of local teams who have claimed the honour in this particular age and category bracket.
With this latest tournament win, the Redmen have joined the 1986-87 Copper Cliff Redmen (the team actually repeated, winning again in 1987-88), as well as the 2011-2012 Nickel City Rebels, from a listing of
dates back to the early 1970's.
Quite interesting is the fact that it could easily be argued that the toughest hurdle to overcome on their journey to this crown was right in their onw
backyard, the Redmen forced to overtime by an equally talented Nickel City Major Atom "AA" Jr Sons team in play at Regionals in December.
Once safely through regionals, the Copper Cliff lads blasted their way through round robin play at the next level, defeating the PAL (Pride in Athletics for Life)
Knights from Long Island, NY (8-3), the Port Huron Flags (5-0), and the St Peter's Spirit from St Louis (6-4).
Quarter-final play on Saturday evening would see the Redmen double the Whitby Wildcats 4-2, earning a berth in the final four on Sunday. The locals
disposed of the St Louis Rockets with ease (5-1), before reaching the pinnacle by dousing the Flames.
Kohyn Eshkawkogan, Ryder Coe and Ashton Pitawanakwat found the back of the net for the Redmen in the gold medal encounter, with Desmond Whitmore keeping things
clean at the other end of the ice.
In addition, not only was Khade Metatawabin named to the tournament all-star team, but the entire Redmen crew were singled out for their
sportsmanship and character, with each player receiving MVP water bottles from event organizers.
The 2018-2019 Silver Stick winning Copper Cliff roster features Kaden Wicklander, Lincoln Lachance, Jameson Fabbro, Ryder Coe, Liam Judd,
Ashton Pitawanakwat, Jeremy Thall, Mason Walker, Khade Metatawabin, Dawson Morris, Masimo Toffoli, Jayden Ceming, Maksim Beljo, Kohyn
Eshkawkogan, Matthew Trottier, Dax Yurich and Desmond Whitmore.
The Redmen team staff includes head coach Ryan Yurich, assistant coaches Brad Walker and Morgan Judd, trainers Jeff
Wicklander and Marc Trottier, and team manager Gerry Toffoli.
The Copper Cliff crew will now begin to ramp up their play, with what is expected to be an ultra-competitive NOHA Tournament of Champions scheduled
in Sudbury for the weekend of March 8th to the 10th.