Atom Huskies can’t go wrong in tournaments


Two tournaments, two championships.

The Hamilton Huskies Minor Atom AAAs won the Jr. Bulldogs RBK Classic Tournament on the past weekend (Dec. 6-8), a follow-up to their own Tim Hornets Tournament earlier in the season.

Hamilton Huskies Atom AAA team celebrating its recent tournament win are: Top Row: Manager Alvin Cox, Rick Arnold, head coach Chris Argent, Frank Brennecke, and Chris Travale; Second row: Tyson Wassink, Antonino Pugliese, Justin DeZoete, Carson Cox, Florian Xhekaj, Blake Ellis, Liam Ferney, Connor Koropatnicki; Third row: Ashton McCarles, Ryan Wright, Ryan Schaap, Justin Brennecke, Ben Ballantyne, Jack Shedden, and Liam Tighe; Goalies  Riley George and Jack Panteleit. (Photo: Carrie Brennecke/Hamilton Huskies)

Hamilton Huskies Atom AAA team celebrating its recent tournament win are: Top Row: Manager Alvin Cox, Rick Arnold, head coach Chris Argent, Frank Brennecke, and Chris Travale; Second row: Tyson Wassink, Antonino Pugliese, Justin DeZoete, Carson Cox, Florian Xhekaj, Blake Ellis, Liam Ferney, Connor Koropatnicki; Third row: Ashton McCarles, Ryan Wright, Ryan Schaap, Justin Brennecke, Ben Ballantyne, Jack Shedden, and Liam Tighe; Goalies Riley George and Jack Panteleit. (Photo: Carrie Brennecke/Hamilton Huskies)

In taking the RBK, the Huskies started slow, losing their opening game 5-4 to the York Simcoe Express and then rebounded with a 3-3 tie against Don Mills Flyers on Friday.

That stalemate seemed to ignite the Huskies who roared back with four straight victories, starting with an 8-2 thumping of the Guelph Gryphons and a 10-1 demolishing of Peterborough Petes.

In advancing to the semi-finals, they set up an all-Hamilton affair, meeting the host Jr. Bulldogs Minor Atom AAA team. The Huskies were victorious, winning the Hamilton show-down, 4-3.

To complete the championship weekend, the Huskies defeated the Central Ontario Wolves, 4-3, in the championship game in nail biting overtime play.

The Huskies played extremely hard, which led the boys to victory and credit is also due to the dedicated and skilled staff of head coach Chris Argent, assistant Rick Arnold, Frank Brennecke, Chris Travale, and manager/trainer Alvin Cox.