This morning at 9:00, the NDG’s two Novice B teams faced off for the championship of the Hockey Montreal Western League.
The Panthers had beaten us 4-2 earlier in the playoffs, but we climbed into the final game with a solid 3-0 victory over the Ahuntsic Chiefs.
The Panthers had only lost one game this year – in a shootout, to us. We’d also tied them during the regular season.
This morning, our boys played their best game of the season. We dominated the game, territorially, in shots, in saves. We played better positional hockey, which got us up 1-0 on an end-to-end rush and 2-0 on a nice shot to the corner of the net. Down 2-0, the Panthers stopped playing as a team and started to press. That allowed our boys to control enough of the game and add a big goal to make the final score 3-0.
Elvi had our new video camera, but got a little confused so early in the morning about what red and green lights mean with respect to recording. We have two periods’ worth of video of the breaks after whistles and before faceoffs. She did get the third period on tape, and there were other camcorderers at the game, so with any luck I will be able to slap together a DVD of the entire game.
Tomorrow morning we play the Eastern League champions for the city crown.