The Pee Wee A’s had 6 different goal scorers and used smothering team defense to beat Littleton Red 6-0 and claim the CCYHL playoff championship. The Tigers also won the regular season CCYHL title with an 11 – 3 record and outscored their regular season opponents by a whopping 95 – 44 margin.
The Tigers were the top seed in the tournament and advanced directly to a semi-final matchup against Arapahoe Navy on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers came out flying and piled up a 13 -0 shot advantage in the 1st period but couldn’t put anything past the Arapahoe goalie. That changed early in the 2nd period as Ryan King broke open the scoring with assists from Antoine Remillard and Levi Whitman. Arapahoe managed to tie the score before the Tigers started to take over.
The line of Jake Geronnazo, Kaden Ochsendorf and Kenneth Bagley pinned the puck deep in the Arapahoe zone before feeding defenseman Nash Cannella who’s shot from the point found the back of the net. Just over a minute later, Whitman fed King for his 2nd of the game. With the goal, King pulls closer to breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 92 goals in a season.
Arapahoe was credited with a disputed goal to make the score 3-2 before Tristan Ward shoveled home a rebound of a Cannella shot to make it 4-2. Tiger goaltender Spencer Lemkuhl made several key stops before Slippery Hank Walsh took a feed from Smiling Joe Mills and buried an empty netter to seal the victory.
Sunday’s final was the 7th matchup of the season for the Tigers against Littleton Red. Both teams came out skating before Matty Kelleher put the Tigers on the board off a feed from Walsh. The Tigers doubled their lead when Remillard scored shorthanded with an assist from Cannella. King scored again in the 2nd with an assist from Whitman and the Tigers led 3-0 after 2 periods.
The Tigers made no doubt in the 3rd period that they wouldn’t be denied the playoff title. Abbi Komrofske and Weston Villers led a determined defensive effort and Alex “Big Foot” Niederhauser was rock solid in goal. Sean Melnyk, Walsh and Ochsendorf scored in the 3rd to account for the 6-0 final.
“Ce jeu est probablement la plus complète de notre match de la saison,” assistant coach Louis Remillard told the Montreal Gazette after the game. “Il s'agissait d'un effort d'équipe total et je suis très fier de notre groupe.”
The Tigers have filled up their trophy case this season, adding the CCYHL championships to Colorado Cup and President’s Day tournament victories.