Nearly half of the players celebrating on the Forest ice surface were in street clothes.
Spencer Montgomery kisses the Silver Stick Sunday afternoon in Forest following Jory Norman's double overtime goal against Mt. Brydges. Teammates, left, Payton Dunlop, Marcel Fohkens, (partially obstructed Cody Bowes and Trevor Ammerman) take in the scene, as does Norman (right). (Mikhayla Bowes photo for the Independent)
Jory Norman capped off an incredible weekend for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget hockey team, scoring in double overtime to bring the first ever midget International Silver Stick title to town.
Kincardine had six players and a coach watching Sunday’s title match against Mt. Brydges from the stands, but managed to battle to victory with half a hockey team.
“We did it. The better team won. We did it with less skaters, we did it killing penalties. Nobody wanted us to win, or thought we could win,” said goaltender Spencer Montgomery, who had two shutouts and was named to the tournament All-Star team.
“This is a great team here.”
The 2012 North American Silver Stick Champion Kincardine Miller Insurance midgets. Back, left, assistant coach Dennis Howard, Jordan Bell, Payton Dunlop, asst. coach Josh Howald, Brody Hayes, Gerrit Satosek, David McFarlan, Matt Baker, head coach Steve Stepaniak, Coulten Hendrie, Austin Rees, Mitch Dickson, Michael Osadca, Cody Bowes, asst. coach Jim Bernath, Derrick Bernath, Marcel Fohkens and asst. coach Cokey McCrae. Front, left, Trevor Ammerman, Jory Norman, Dallas Perkins, Brady Collins and Spencer Montgomery. (Mikhayla Bowes photo)
Norman and Gerrit Satosek scored in regulation, but Mt. Brydges forced overtime in the championship game with just minutes remaining. Early in the first overtime period, officials awarded a penalty shot to Mt. Brydges after the net came off its moorings. However, the puck rolled into the corner on the awarded breakaway, setting the stage for Norman’s double-OT winner.
He picked up a loose puck, stickhandled once and sent the puck over the goaltender’s shoulder to end an entertaining, exciting hockey game in Forest.
“It is by far the most gutsy sports performance I have ever been involved with,” head coach Steve Stepaniak said of his team’s weekend performance.
“Poor refereeing put us down, but our boys stepped up. These guys don’t know quit – it is incredible.”
Satosek, Mitch Dickson and defenceman Michael Osadca joined Montgomery with All-Star team recognition. Satosek and Dickson scored in a 2-1 win over Mt. Brydges in the tournament’s first game, and Montgomery had a shutout in a 3-0 win over Tavistock Friday afternoon in Watford. Saturday morning in Thedford, the team lost more than a 3-2 overtime decision. Five Kincardine players were ejected from the game and tournament, along with five players from Brandon, Florida. Officials gave every skater on the ice fighting majors, despite the fact there were no gloves dropped. Kincardine, in fact, had players skate themselves to the penalty box as they didn’t want to incur a major and miss the semi-final game.
The two teams met again in the semi-final, with Kincardine easily skating to a 4-0 win, which put them in the Sunday final.
“We were the underdogs,” said Montgomery.
“I think even some of my teammates doubted we could do it,” said Montgomery. “But we pulled it off. We know what we can do now. We’re ready for the playoffs.”