Capital Fall Classic
What an amazing end to an amazing weekend! In three days, the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Recreation Centre played host to 48 teams from across Ontario and the United States from the Minor Atom to Minor Midget divisions, and we could not have asked for a better way to end the tournament.
Following some outstanding games on Saturday night to wrap up the round-robin, some of which ultimately decided what teams would advance to the playoffs; Sunday morning’s matchups were no different. All teams in action showed up to the Bell Sensplex ready to compete. A tournament that started out with 48 teams across four divisions rapidly turned into four winners. In the Minor Atom Final, it was a battle of crosstown rivals as the Gloucester Rangers White took on the Cumberland Jr. Grads. The Minor Peewee Final was no different from that of the Minor Atom as crosstown rivals the Nepean Raiders faced off against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven.
Heading down a tougher road, the Minor Bantam’s were the lone division that welcomed six teams to the playoffs, resulting in the top two seeds receiving a bye into the semi-finals. Following two outstanding quarter-final matches, the Kanata Rangers took on the top seeded Burlington Eagles, and Streetsville Tigers matched up against their long-time rivals, the second seeded Flamborough Sabres in the semi-finals. In one of the most exciting ways to end a game, the Kanata Rangers came out victorious as they edged Burlington in a shootout, booking their ticket to the Championship game. On the other side of the draw, the Streetsville Tigers came out on top, as they defeated Flamborough 3-1.
After only a short rest between games, the Kanata Rangers and Streetsville Tigers took to the ice later in the afternoon for their third game of the day. In what was a fast paced game, the Kanata Rangers got on the scoreboard early. As Streetsville continued to press looking to tie the game, the Rangers managed to hold them to only one goal and eventually go on to win the game 2-1.
The Minor Midget Final featured the third seeded Ottawa Sting and Wild Card winners the Goulding Park Rangers. Following a thrilling overtime victory by the Rangers in the semi-finals, both teams came out firing on all cylinders. After regulation time, the score would remain tied, sending the game into overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net in the first overtime period; however, it wasn’t until midway through the second overtime that Ottawa Sting forward Samuel Belanger put home a rebound, sealing the victory.
Here are the complete results from our Championship games:
Minor Atom - Gloucester Rangers White def. Cumberland Jr. Grads 6-1
A special congratulations goes out to Mathieu Paris of the Cumberland Jr. Grads in the Minor Atom division who finished the tournament atop the standings with a total of 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in 6 games.
Congratulations to all of our tournament Champions on an outstanding performance throughout. On behalf of the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven, and all the staff at the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Rec Centre, we would like to thank all participating teams for taking part in the 10th Annual Capital Fall Classic tournament. We wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming seasons, and look forward to seeing you all again soon!. Have a safe drive home!
Scoreboard Saturday in the Books
What better way to end Scoreboard Saturday than some pivotal matchups in teams’ final round-robin game, ultimately deciding who was in and who was out.
Here is a breakdown of tomorrow’s first-round playoff matches:
Minor Atom Semi-Finals (2005)
Minor Peewee Semi-Finals (2003)
Minor Bantam Quarter-Finals (2001)
Minor Midget Semi-Finals (1999)
It came down to the wire, with some of the most exciting round-robin games played in the evening and all fans in attendance had to wait for the final sound of the buzzer to find out who was moving on to the playoff rounds of the 10th Annual Fall Classic tournament. In the end, only a select few could move on to Sunday’s playoffs.
To all the teams heading home, the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and the entire staff at the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Recreation Centre would like to thank you for your participation at this year’s Capital Fall Classic tournament. It was wonderful to spend a weekend amongst such incredible talents! Please be safe in your travels home and we can’t wait to see you again next year!
Face-Off Friday Comes to a Close!
Day one of the 10th Annual Capital Fall Classic Tournament has drawn to a close and what a way to start! Today’s games featured plenty of excitement as teams began their quest to take home the tournament crown and call themselves Champions. A big thank you goes out to all of our participants for making Face-Off Friday a big success.
Today’s games brought forth a lot of exciting moments as many players stepped out onto the ice and were nothing less than flawless for their respective clubs. The tournament has seen some very close and low scoring games thus far, setting the stage for another exciting day tomorrow.
Special mention goes out to Dylan Abbamont of the Burlington Eagles in the Minor Bantam division who leads the tournament in scoring with 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists) in two games played so far.
On behalf of the entire staff at the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Recreation Centre, we would like to acknowledge the St. Catharines Falcons in the Minor Bantam division who wore “Ottawa Strong” stickers on the sides of their helmets to commemorate all the selfless men and women who first stepped forward to assist following the tragic events that took place in Ottawa a few days ago. Thank you all for your kind support!!
Day Two kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning with all four arenas in action at the Bell Sensplex beginning with the Minor Atom division as the Gloucester Rangers White take on the Leaside Flames on the Palladium Insurance Arena at 8:00am. With all teams back in action tomorrow, playoff spots amongst all divisions are still anyone’s for the taking.
For up-to-the-minute scores and stats, be sure to check out our Pointstreak page; and follow us on Twitter @Sensplex for tournament updates, photos and info!
After a long busy day at the rinks, be sure to get some rest tonight, as Scoreboard Saturday is right around the corner!
Welcome to the 10th Annual Capital Fall Classic!
The 10th Annual Capital Fall Classic tournament presented by the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven is upon us as the Bell Sensplex gets set to welcome teams from across the province in what will be a very exciting weekend. With the tournament set to get underway on Friday, 48 teams from the Minor Atom to Minor Midget divisions will walk through the doors of the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Recreation Centre with one goal in mind.
From the tournaments’ opening faceoff on Friday morning to the last sound of the buzzer in Sunday’s final, you will be able to find on this website live scoring and tournament results, as well as stay up to date with the tournaments standings and statistics for each division. Remember to follow us on Twitter @Sensplex to find out the latest news from around the building.
Special mention goes out to our American friends, the Syracuse Nationals. Welcome!!
On the behalf of the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven, and all the staff at the Bell Sensplex, Cavanagh Sensplex, and Kanata Recreation Centre, we would like welcome you all to the 10th Annual Capital Fall Classic and we wish you all a safe and exciting tournament, and the very best of luck throughout!