The Chicago Bruins PW Minor CSDHL team gave a spectacular showing to their fans over the MLK holiday weekend. Being the only ’04 team placed in the ’03 division, the boys came to play. The Bruins went 3-1 in round robin play, only falling to the Fort Wayne Komets (Indiana). Coach Tokarz & Zabawa lead the team with impressive victories over the Soo Jr. Greyhounds (Ontario), the Grand Rapids Blades (Michigan) & our fellow Chicago Bruins 03 team. These victories advanced them to Mondays championship game with a rematch against the Soo Jr. Greyhounds.
The Championship game gave the Canadians a chance at redemption, but the Bruins would have not part of it. The championship game did not disappoint, with the Bruins jumping out to a 1-0 lead in a hard fought first period. The Bruins came out in the 2nd period adding another tally putting them up 2-0 at the halfway point of the period. After giving up a potentially game changing power play goal to the Jr. Greyhounds with under 3 minutes left in the 2nd, the Bruins responded by putting another puck in the back of the net just 11 seconds later; proving that the Bruins were not going to roll over.
In the 3rd period the Jr. Greyhounds stepped up their physical play, but our Bruins would not back down to their much bigger & stronger Canadian opponents. The Bruins were able to score 2 more goals in the 3rd by using their speed & teamwork, ending with a 5-1 victory, and the championship in their hands.
Great job by the boys who proved to themselves that teamwork & commitment is not easily defeated. Members of the team and their parents asked me to pass along their gratitude to Coach Tokarz & Coach Zabawa for their dedication to the team and teaching them that they can accomplish anything by putting their hearts & minds into it.
Congratulations to the Chicago Bruins PW Minor CSDHL team & their Coaches on a well played tournament against some very impressive 03 hockey teams.