Main photo: The Goodtymers (from left) Matt Wood, Jeff Higgs, Robb Kerr, Derek Taylor, Todd Truax, Jason Diggles, Rick Smith, Kory Shirtliff, Chris Doble, Chris Watson, Devon Brisson, Sean Adams, and Jon Quinlan. Absent from photo: Matt Best and Jeremy Demarest. (Cheyenne Wood)
On December 6-8, the Huntsville Oldtimers held their annual fundraising tournament at the Canada Summit Centre.
“With the efforts of our teammates and local businesses, we will be donating to local charities including Huntsville Hospice, JumpStart, Table Soup Kitchen and others,” said president Mark O’Dell.
The tournament brought in 30 teams, including seven women’s teams, from around the province to compete in six divisions. All were aiming to win but only the best of the best made it to the finals.
There were several teams from Huntsville that participated, with three of them making it to the finals in their divisions.
The Goodtymers (Older) competed well in the Colvin division finals against the Sudbury Stars and tied the game 2-2 by the final buzzer. After a five-minute overtime period, the score was still tied so the game went to a best-of-three shootout. The first shooters for both teams scored in the first round, and both missed in the second. But in the third, it would be the Sudbury Stars’ shooter who got the puck past the Goodtymers goalie to take the win.
The Huntsville Sting, competing in the Nickerson division, took their final game against the Sundridge Chaos by storm. A 3-0 win earned them the title and a pic with the Huntsville Oldtimers bear.
The Goodtymers (Young) outplayed their opponents Balmy Beach in their fierce final game in the Clarke division with amazing defense, goal tending and forward strategies. Todd Truax scored a hat trick, with all three goals unanswered, to give the Huntsville team first place.
The weekend was marked by determination and sportsmanship, and O’Dell extended his thanks to all the teams who participated. The referees were top notch, added O’Dell. “They kept us all in line when needed and also knew how to have FUN―THANK YOU to Beechy and his team.”
The Huntsville Oldtimers also thanked the HHS ME to We group for helping out with the timekeeping, and to the staff at the arena, pro shop and Oliver’s. “Thank you for helping all the teams enjoy the wonderful facility,” said O’Dell.
The tournament will celebrate its 45th year in 2020.
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