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Hamilton Huskies Minor Atom have something to howl about


Hamilton Huskies Minor Atom AAA team recently clinched the Alliance Hockey provincial championship.

The Huskies outlasted Elgin-Middlesex in a best-of-seven affair. The Huskies bounced back in the final after dropping the first game, 2-0, with a resounding 9-4 decision to tie the playoff and then took the lead with a 3-3 win. Elgin-Middlesex knotted the series with a 6-4 victory and regained the advantage with a 3-2 victory.

A pair of identical celebrations, 6-3, gave the team of nine-year-olds their title.

The champion Atom Huskies are: Bottom Row - Ryan Schaap, Liam Tighe, Riley George, Liam Ferney, Justin Brennecke, Connor Korpatnicki, Jack Panteliet, Jack Shedden; Middle Row: Blake Ellis, Carson Cox, Florian Xhekaj, Justin Dezoete, Tyson Wassink, Ashton Mccarles, Ryan Wright, Antonino Pugliese, Ben Ballantyne; Top Row: coach Frank Brennecke, trainer Alvin Cox, coach Chris Travale, coach Rick Arnold, head coach Chris Argent, and manager Mark Wright. (Photo: Hamilton Huskies)

The champion Atom Huskies are: Bottom Row – Ryan Schaap, Liam Tighe, Riley George, Liam Ferney, Justin Brennecke, Connor Korpatnicki, Jack Panteliet, Jack Shedden; Middle Row: Blake Ellis, Carson Cox, Florian Xhekaj, Justin Dezoete, Tyson Wassink, Ashton Mccarles, Ryan Wright, Antonino Pugliese, Ben Ballantyne; Top Row: coach Frank Brennecke, trainer Alvin Cox, coach Chris Travale, coach Rick Arnold, head coach Chris Argent, and manager Mark Wright. (Photo: Hamilton Huskies)

To reach the final series, the Huskies eliminated Brantford in three straight games (8-1, 4-1, 32) in quarter-final play and ousted London in the semi-finals, 3-2 in games after London had won the first two games. Scores in the series were 4-5, 3-5, 3-2, 4-3, 4-3.

The Hamilton team finished the year with an overall record of 53-21-6, going 21-6-4 in league play.

During the season, the Huskies won the Huskies Tim Horton’s Tournament and the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs Reebok Classic Tournament. The team was a finalist in the Oakville AAA Richard Bell Memorial Tournament.

The coaching staff, led by head coach Chris Argent, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the players over the course of 80 games. Argent and his staff coached the team to an impressive record of 53-21-6, holding them to a ranking of sixth in the MHR (www.myhockeyrankings.com) provincial listings.

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