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Monday August 14, 2017
Two Dawgs Teams Set Sights on National Championship
August has proven to be a fortuitous month for the Dawgs Academy thus far. With the Midget Black and Red seasons coming to a close (players going off to college, leaving to represent their respective provinces at Canada games, or going back to there families),the collective focus shifted to their younger comrades.
The Dawgs had two representatives at provincials this year, in two different divisions. First, the Bantam Provincials, hosted by the Dawgs, and represented by our Bantam Black team. The Black Bantams were the favourite going into the tournament after finishing the regular season comfortably in first place, boasting and impressive 31-3 record. They carried on that dominance throughout the provincial weekend, winning all three of their pool play games. And so the stage was set for championship Sunday. The Dawgs were matched up against Sherwood Park in the semi-final, in which the black squad came away with a 10-0 victory. The Bantam Blacks would then square up against the St. Albert Cardinals in the Final. The Dawgs scored 6 earlier, and continued to add on, winning the final contest 12-3. The Bantam Blacks are once again Provincial champions! They will now move on to nationals, which is to be held in Summerside, PEI, beginning August 24th.
Next, the Peewees. Although finishing the regular season with the highest win percentage, they entered the tournament as the 2-seed as they had played 2 less games then the top seeded Camrose Cougars. After a disappointing lose to Sherwood Park in the first round of pool play, these pint-sized grinders recuperated, and went on to win the final two games of the round robin. This earned them a bid to the semifinal round, a decisive 17-6 victory over Red Deer, setting the stage for the Championship against Camrose. The Peewees would go on to win 11-6, crowning them provincial champions! Now onto Nationals, to be held in Repentigny, Quebec, beginning August 24th.
In other news, a big shout out to the Dawgs 16U team, who were crowned Midget AAA tier 2 champions on Monday following a 6-2 victory over Calgary Dino's Yellow. Great work fellas!
The Bantam reds fell just short of Bantam AAA tier two provincials after dropping a hard fought game in the tournament finals.
Congratulations to all Dawgs teams on there tremendously successful years, GO DAWGS!