Toros Edge Big Stars 4-3 to Win the 2019 Super Cup
Posted By: uuhadood
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
2019 Super Cup finalists the Toronto Toros (blue) and the Big Stars treated a crowded gallery of spectators and fellow tournament participants to a thrilling Championship contest this past Good Friday at McCormick Arena. Big Stars forward Luke Moretti (third from left in the front row) was named the game's 1st Star, while Toros winger Jon Weier (third from left in back row) earned Tournament MVP honours.
TORONTO - The Toronto Toros erased a one-goal deficit, potted a go-ahead goal and an insurance marker, then held onto to win a tightly-contested Super Cup Final, defeating the Big Stars 4-3 in front of a standing room-only crowd at McCormick Arena this past Good Friday. A 3rd-period tally from Toros forward Jon Weier (assisted by speedy playmaker Ben Wilcox) ultimately held up as the game-winning goal.
The Toros ended up with a perfect tournament record, initially defeating the Rebellion 4-2 and then edging Team Canada 6-5 to take 1st place in the A Pool after round-robin play. A Semi-final match-up with the Screamin' Jays indicated the Bulls were on a run as they registered a 5-1 knockout to claim a berth in the Final.
The Big Stars kicked off their tournament campaign with a 2-0 victory over Team Impulse! (Ian Thompson and Jimmy Murphy provided the offence in that one), then settled for a 1-1 draw with the Screamin' Jays. The three points were enough to win the B Pool, though, setting up a date with the Rebellion for the other Semi-final. Though they headed into the final frame of that game trailing by a goal (scored on a 2nd-period penalty shot by Nathan Sutherns), the Stars aligned to rally with a pair of big goals, the first an unassisted knotter off the stick of Mike Thompson, and the second being a net-front effort by Trevor Smith, who converted a pass from mid-tourney call-up Luke Moretti (who took the place of injured forward Jimmy Murphy).
Moretti (who had scored earlier on his first shot of the day) would prove to be a key addition in the Final, setting up the first Big Stars goal (scored by Rich Thompson) and potting two goals of his own (with the assistance of Mike and Rob Thompson, and goaltender Sheldon Shurland). The three points would earn Moretti star-of-the-game honours, despite his side dropping the contest by a goal.
The other Toros goal scorers who helped deliver the Super goods were Blair Copeland, Tim Vesely and Cam Moorehouse (with the latter two being awarded assists, as well). Goaltender Joe Steinman backstopped the Toros' successful Championship run. Following the presentation of the Super Cup, and the traditional players' parade to a local watering hole, Toros forward Jon Weier was named as the Super Cup Tournament MVP - an honour which is bestowed upon the member of the wining team with the most individual points who shows up at the post-tourney wind-up.
Brockton Rockets Claim 2019 UUHA Championship
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Sunday, April 07, 2019
TORONTO - The Brockton Rockets defeated the Beau's Beer Hack 3-1 this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College to claim their first UUHA Championship title. Rockets forward Oliver Sutherns scored just a minute-and-a-half into the 1st period, converting a passing play with Dustin Harris and Blaine Tynes to get the Brockton Boys on the board early. The same combo would strike seven minutes later, making it 2-0 in the Rockets favour. After a scoreless 2nd period that saw both teams trade five shots each, the President's Cup-winning Hack halved their opponents lead as Aaron Foster found Louis Durand streaking toward the net where he solved goaltender Jonathan Dickson with a twine-bulging wrister. But as the clock ticked down, and with Hack goalie Aaron Brophy on the bench for the extra attacker, Mike Wilcox would seal the deal with an unassisted empty-netter.
The Beau's Beer Hack (who have two UUHA Championships to their credit) would not leave the ice empty-handed, though, as team captain Joe McGinty was officially presented with the Presidents Cup, and veteran Hack forward Aaron Foster was awarded the UUHA MVP Belt as league MVP for the 2018/19 season.
Earlier in the evening, the Humiliation claimed the Bronze Medal Gnome by defeating the Wheatfield Souldiers 5-2. Luke Moretti potted two goals and was credited with two assist in that one, while linemate Paul Morris scored two goals as well. Mike Thompson had the other goal for the Humiliation, while Wheatfield Souldiers Scott Pettus and Mike Harkness tallied for the losing side. Souldiers goaltender John Sutton faced 20 shots, while Humiliation back-up tender Dan Hammerle was tested with 16 attempts.
In the 7:00 pm Consolation Final, the Parkdale Hockey Lads saw their losing streak extended to a remarkable 14 games as they were blanked 5-0 by the Gas Station Islanders. Dom Chartier, Steve Boyd and Richard Switzer were among GSI goal scorers and Joseph Steinman earned the shutout.
Live rink rock was provided by the Black Aces (Jokers regulars Marc Hickox and Tyler Stewart) along with a slate of guest players including the Sadies' Sean Dean, various UUHA players including Luke Moretti, Wes Gerbrandt, Simon Evers and Brian Bentley, along with percussionist Aspen Shurland.