Blitz Temiscotta finished the week 7-0 in Cornwall on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win over hosts Eastern Warriors at the Broomball Canada Juvenile (U20) National Championships in the boys’ gold medal game.
Of all 16 teams in the event, only Blitz raced across the table, and it kept the team’s name alive, going on the attack even when on the defensive.
“We put pressure on the opposition, we try to make it difficult for the teams in our area,” said blitz captain Zachary Dion. “We’re always on the ball first.”
It’s hard to argue that point – the blitz for the event surprisingly allowed only two goals during the tournament, while scoring 21 times. Hosts Thunder could compete with the Warriors this year, but never got the upper hand, losing three times, including a tournament in Quebec.
Nationally, in a meaningless pool game on Friday, the Blitz first defeated the undefeated Warriors 3-0, and only 24 hours later when everything was on the line in the rematch, it was the same: a definite regional advantage for the Quebecers. And as a result of suppressing defensive play, the organization received the first national gold medal at the teenage boys’ level.
Temiscotta is on the southern edge of Quebec, between the Rivire-du-Loupe and the Maine (US) border and about a seven-hour drive from Cornwall.
It was Dion who was named both the boys’ most valuable player of the tournament and the gold medal game MVP, and after a wild celebration at pad 1 when all the medal teams gathered for the closing ceremony, he confidently Said blitz would be a factor in the future at the national level as well.
“The core of the team is youth,” said Dion. “Most of the core is 16, 17 – we’ll only have two players graduating.”
Give the Warriors credit for hanging in there in the finals. They also played well defensively for most of the first half, with more chances to blitz but most of the shots coming from the perimeter and sailing high over the net.
And with just over two minutes to go in the half, some blitz desperation kicked in when Vincent Durand was stopped at the breakaway by goalkeeper Austin Gerber; Then the shooter slammed his broom after the whistle on the boards in the corner.
But it was only four seconds later, from the ensuing faceoff, when the blitz broke with 2:02 to go, Cédric Marquis hitting a defender’s arm with a high blast from the top of the circle and changing direction on his way. . Gerber.
With only 10 minutes left in regulation time, the Warriors had a big chance, a power play with a chance to equalize. It was Nick Pylon who had the best look at the net during the man-advantage, firing a shot from far enough down the slot, but blitz goalkeeper William Dion was able to get the ball into the corner.
It was only within three minutes that Warriors coach Cameron Muir pulled his goalkeeper in favor of an additional attacker, but Cedric Blais scored a goal in an empty net with 59 seconds to go 2–0, and Vincent. Durand will close the scoring after nine seconds.
Muir explained that it is not unusual for a goaltender to pull in with three or four minutes remaining, as broomball is much more of a ball-control type of game than hockey.
“Usually in less than four minutes you start pulling,” Muir said. “We were in their zone but couldn’t score.”
Still, it was a memorable afternoon and week for Muir. He was co-chair of the tournament – and won two silver medals, as well as coaching Eastern Thunder, which played against Debden in the girls’ A-side gold game.
In the boys’ B-side gold game, the Ontario team the Panthers defeated the Debden Speedballs 5–1.