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Blackhawks win Atom A Silver Stick Finals
andrew brethauer January 22nd, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Collingwood Blackhawks are the 2012 Sarnia Boys Silver Stick Atom A Champions after a 5-2 victory over the  Arapahoe Warriors Sunday afternoon at the Clearwater Arena.

The Blackhawks had three of their give goals come way of special teams, including a penalty shot on route to their victory.

Tyler Karl opened the scoring 1:30 into the first period, receiving a pass from behind the net and putting it by Warriors goalie Addison Zeich for the 1-0 lead after the first period of play.

In the second, the Blackhawks would have a breakaway chance but a tripping calling would result in a penalty shot. It was given to Emmett Sproule who deked Zeich and put the puck in the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

The Warriors would cut into the lead late in the period as Chase Jones scored on the power play to make it a 2-1 game, but 17 seconds later the Blackhawks would regain their two goal lead as Tyler Fish would get an even strength goal. The Blackhawks were not done in the period as Dallas McQueen would score on the power play to put Collingwood up 4-1 heading into the third.

In the opening minute of the period, Jack Cowling would make it a 5-1 Collingwood lead, scoring on the power play. Austin Schwartz would add another goal for the Warriors but it would be to late to mount a comeback, as the Blackhawks would take the Championship 5-2.

Collingwood went 3-0 in round robin play with 6-1 victories over Dorchester and Capital City and a 4-2 victory over South Bend. They would defeat the Brampton Battalion 5-3 in their semi-final match up. The Blackhawks allowed only 9 goals in five games and scored 26.

Arapahoe went 3-0 as well in round robin play, defeating West Mall 8-2, Welland 8-3, and Howard 6-1. They would defeat San Jose 3-2 in their semi-final match before finally losing to Collingwood in the finals.


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