The Copper Cliff Major Atom "AA" Redmen just needed a second shot at the Guelph Gryphons to prove to the host team what they had already proven to every other adversary at the 2018 Guelph Power Play Tournament - there simply was no stopping the northern boys.
Though the Redmen reeled off six straight wins in capturing the tournament banner, the only contest that was even close was a 2-1 win, over the Gryphons, in game three of round robin play last weekend.
Prior to that, Copper Cliff had thumped both the Windsor Jr Spitfires (11-2) and the Buffalo Regals (9-2), closing out preliminary action with a 6-1 win over the Belle River Jr Canadiens and an unblemished 4-0 mark.
It was the Canadiens who would draw the short straw in the playoff round, forced to play the Copper Cliff powerhouse a second time, and faring no better than the opener. Jeremy Thall scored twice and Desmond Whitmore recorded the shutout as the Redmen blanked Belle River 6-0 in the semis, the locals cruising into the tournament final.
Mason Walker, Masimo Toffoli, Liam Judd and Kohyn Eshkawkogan also found the back of the net for Copper Cliff in the win. The NOHA representatives left nothing to chance with gold medals on the line, scoring early and often, as a hat trick from Ryder Coe helped propel the team to a 9-2 victory over Guelph in the rematch.
Also hitting the scoresheet for head coach Ryan Yurich and company were Masimo Toffoli, Dawson Morris, Lincoln Lachance, Liam Judd, Ashton Pitawanakwat and Mason Walker, with Dax Yurich picking up the win between the pipes.
Rounding out the team roster are Kaden Wicklander, Jameson Fabbro, Khade Metatawabin, Jayden Ceming, Maksim Beljo, Matthew Trottier, assistant coaches Brad Walker and Morgan Judd, trainers Jeff Wicklander and Marc Trottier, and team manager Gerry Toffoli.
The Major Atom Redmen were one of five local teams which took part in the 47th annual edition of the tournament, joining the Nickel City Atom "A" Knights, Copper Cliff Minor Peewee "AA" Redmen, Nickel City Minor Peewee "AA" Jr Sons and the Nickel City Major Peewee "AA" Jr Sons.
The Major Peewee "AA" Jr Sons were the only other Greater Sudbury squad to advance to Sunday morning action, posting a 2-2 record in round robin play and placing fourth in the eight team grouping.
The Jr Sons defeated both the Peterborough Petes (2-1) and the LaSalle Sabres (6-0), but were beaten by the Belleville Bulls (3-1) and the Belle River Jr Canadiens (5-0). Pitted against the eventual tournament champs, the Nickel City crew fell 5-0 to the Mississauga Jets in semi-final play.
Many of these same local teams are right back in action this coming weekend as the Sudbury Regional Silver Stick Tournament kicks off Thursday afternoon, running right through until the Sunday dinner hour and utilizing as many as seven different venues simultaneously.