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McDougall Marlies Crowned Champions in Bradford!
Submitted By Sean Fagan on Monday, January 13, 2020
On January 10, 2020, Coach T.J. O'Neil and his McDougall Marlies traveled to Bradford Ontario to participate to the Bradford Blue & Gold tournament.

In game 1 against a very strong North London, the team rallied from behind to win 7-3. The Marlies kept in going in game 2, by defeating the Bradford Bulldogs 7-2. With four teams at 2-0, they still needed a victory in their final game to guarantee a place in the semi-finals. Once again, a strong third period was the deciding factor as the Marlies skated to a 6-2 victory.

After an all-night freezing rain storm, the Marlie caravan set of to Beeton down an unplowed 400 freeway, finally arriving at a cold, old arena for a semi-final against the undefeated Kincardine Kinucks. The Sault team took a 2-0 lead into the final few minutes. A costly penalty with 1:30 to go allowed the Kinucks to score and then tie the game with 43 seconds left to force overtime. Skating with 3 players a side, A.J. Coccimiglio passed the puck to Ryan Dufour, who buried it to become the overtime hero! 

On to the finals against the top ranked Kitchener Majors, who had only allowed one goal all tournament. At the midway point of the first, the Marlies opened the scoring and did not quit there. They continued with three goals in the second and three more in the third. Only a fluky redirection robbed our outstanding goaltender of her shutout as the game finished 7-1. Gabi DeMarco finished the tournament with a 5-0 record and a tremendous save percentage.

The coaching staff is so proud of this team and want to give a big thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who were on hand to support these young boys and girls. These are the memories that they will cherish forever!

L-R: Jordan, Liam, AJ, Mac, Kris, Carter, Mason, Jaron, Ryan, Jake, Gabi, Joel, Kale
Standing: Cam, Landon, Sean, TJ, Will, Steve, Wayne, Nick

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