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ENS Atom Tournament Champions
Submitted By Garnet Little on Monday, December 04, 2017
It’s been a trying season to say the least for the Erie Atom Major Storm team.  There are many new faces on the player side and an entirely new coaching staff. It was a rebuild, plain and simple.

It is so remarkable therefore, to see the undying devotion to the team from the existing players and the quick buy in to that mentality from the new. Despite their losses, the battle rages on, both on the ice, and more importantly, in their hearts.

This is the reality of travel hockey. All the lessons, all the hope, and all the work – it’s all for love of the game. All of it working in making each and every boy on the team into a better person. It’s this devotion that is teaching them to never give up and that if you want something in life you have to go out there and get it.  


This past weekend, Storm would bring the thunder to the Dan Pulham Tournamnent in London, Ontario.


In game one of the round robin they faced the Applewood Coyotes.  Ferreira would open the scoring at the 9 minute mark assisted by Giudice and Dumouchelle in the first period.  At the 5:19 mark of the second, Ralph would score on a feed from Fick and McLean.  Then Giudice would score a short-handed goal, breaking in alone at 13:21 in the 3rd period.  Just 16 seconds later, Applewood would score on the power play to make it 3-1 for Erie.  At the 7:36 mark, Giudice would then set up Dumouchelle with a beautiful cross ice pass, making it 4-1.  Applewood would cut the deficit with 3:40 left in the 3rd but Rodrigues would not allow them to catch up; scoring the on a rebound shot from Giudice to finish out the game at 5-2 for Erie.


Game two brought the Caledon Hawks.  Giudice would start the thunder with a short-handed goal at the 4:42 mark in the first period, assisted by Brady. Then, at the 2:56 mark, Caradonna would put the score at 2-0 unassisted.  Caledon would fire back just 46 seconds later.  Both teams would play to a scoreless draw in the second period.  At 11:23 in the third, Giudice would get his second goal, assisted by Baker and would then complete his hat-trick at the 9:20 mark with an assist from Michalski.  Erie would finish with a 4-1 win.


Bring on game three!  Facing the London Bandits, Erie was ready to play.  London would open the scoring at the 7:56 mark in the first period, but at 6:32 Dumouchelle put Erie on the board, assisted by Giudice and Keeton.  London answered with another, quickly silenced by Fick at the 4:11 mark, unassisted.  The third period would see London gain another to pull ahead but Erie was not ready to give up.  Giudice would tie the score at 3:47 and the battle would end in a tie.  This would leave the boys with a 2-0-1 record and an automatic pass straight to the Championship game on Sunday.


With everything on the line, Erie faced the Caledon Hawks in the final once more, both teams hungry for the win.  Giudice put Erie on the board first at 9:32 in the first, assisted by Brady.  Rodrigues would increase the lead at 5:37, assisted by Giudice.  The second period would go without a goal from either side.  At 9:16 in the third, Fick increased the lead on a power play, assisted by McLean and Dumouchelle.  With 1:49 left to go, Giudice would put the game completely out of reach on an unassisted goal.


The sound of the final buzzer was like a thunderclap, though it was hard to hear over the cheers from the boys.  Tournament Champions - a moment they will undoubtedly remember for years to come.  Tournament officials chose the MVP in the Finals and gave it to Cowper, the Goalie, who did all but stand on his head throughout the entire weekend.  


Old or new, these boys came together this weekend past and reaped all the glory and rewards.  Their representation of the Erie North Shore Minor Hockey Association at the Dan Pulham Tournament was nothing short of remarkable.  They carried themselves with confidence and respect – lessons they have learned from their parents, and have built on during their hockey careers thus far.  It was an enormous weekend for a group of boys with enormous heart.


Go Storm!!


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