ACCOUNTABILITY TO EACH OTHER EACH AND EVERY SHIFT: Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard
2011-2012 CBHL Bantam UA Season Champions
PWHC Bantam UA wins Rochester Tournament with a 4 Game Sweep!
Panthers Swing up to Barrie, Ontario to Play The Colts in a Friendly Game After Gretzky Tournament
I came across this cheat sheet doing some research and it's a great source for some simple facts that coaches preach to kids on a daily basis.
Print off and give a copy to your player--reinforces much of what is discussed at practice and games! Link is below!
Panthers take 2nd place at the Hershey Labor Day Tourney 2011 with an impressive 4 and 1 record!!
The Panthers went into the playoffs this weekend facing the 4th seed Navy team. After a slow start in the first period, the boys went on to finish the game with a strong 9-2 victory, including 4 power play goals.
The Panthers went home Saturday night knowing they would be facing a Reston team that they had not beaten during the regular season. Including tournament play, the Raiders and Panthers had tied an amazing 3 games and Reston beat the Panthers once during regular season play. A quick look at the CBHL website and you could see just how evenly matched these two teams were by looking at record, goals for and and goals against.
Sunday afternoon lived up to all the hype. Prior to the game Coach had given his team a specific plan to execute. Not only did the Panthers play together and stick to the team game plan, but they outshot Reston 2 to 1 putting an amazing 43 shots on goal for the game. Only one penalty was called the entire game and Prince William capitalized with a power play goal giving them a 100% Power Play percentage for the entire playoff weekend going 5 for 5 on the man advantage. The Reston team and goaltender played a tremendous hockey game keeping it a one goal hockey game for the majority of the time. With about a minute left and the Panthers leading 5-4, Reston called timeout and pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. With a defensive end draw, the Panthers gained control of the puck and scored an empty net goal to seal the victory! All the credit goes to the boys for sticking to the gameplan and putting TEAM before SELF!
The discipline, determination, and mindset this team played with this season, but most of all this weekend, speaks to the type of players that made up the Prince William Bantam UA's. A huge congratulations to the players and family members of this team. It has been one of the most memorable seasons to date!
The Panthers entered their 4th and final tournament of the season with one little monkey riding on their back: Making it to the championship game but falling just a little short in the end. The Panthers were determined not to let that happen again and to get rid of that monkey once and for all.
Facing the New York City Cyclones, Lehigh High Valley Flames, and the North London Nationals, the Panthers set the tone early with phenomenal team work and passion to come away with a four game sweep in the tournament. Many kids stepped up on the ice and elevated their game to the next level, but off the ice in the locker room is where the players stepped up and determined what they were going to do and how they were going to make it happen. Congrats on the gold medal boys!
Prior to the tournament, the Panthers got to renew friendships with former PWHC PeeWee AA goalie, Joe McElhenny, as they faced off against Joe's current Minor Bantam AA team in Buffalo, NY for a friendly game. Panthers came out strong and finished with a victory before the night was over. Fun was had by all.
The Rochester Americans failed to represent the City of Rochester however as they fell to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday night as the Bantams got to relax and take in some AHL action.
The Panthers had been planning since summer time to attend the 42nd Annual Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament, and the build-up was worth the wait. According to the tournament staff, the Panthers were the "southern-most" team to ever come to their tournament and they were very excited to have us.
The Panthers played in a highly skilled 12 team Bantam division that was split into "two subdivisions". The boys faced a very talented Oakville Rangers (who eventually won the tournament with size and speed), Hamilton Phantoms, and the Brantford Saints. The team finished with a 2 win and 3 loss record, losing to the Oakville Rangers in the Quarterfinals. The team had a blast with 5 great hockey games in all. The team later traveled up to Barrie, Ontario to face the Barrie Colts, a team the Panthers first met during the 2009 season at a Can AM tournament in Montreal. Both teams have stayed in contact since then and were able to set up a friendly game this year.
But the fun wasn't just on the ice. The Panthers took a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame and participated in some interactive games as well as getting to pose with Lord Stanley's Cup. This was all preceeded by a lunch at Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant in downtown Toronto which was most definitely a hit. The boys also got a ride up in the CN Tower and saw a junior game between the Mississauga St. John's Majors and Niagra.
The team spent New Year's Eve together watching the U.S. vs. Canada Junior Game at Moose Winooski's Restaurant to finish off an exciting 6 day trip.