The Atom Senators are GTHL Scotiabank Champions!
The Atom Sens have had an excellent year with an outstanding 27-3-3 regular season and four tournament championships including the Marlies Early Bird, the Shanahan tournament, PlayStation Cup, and the Silverstick. “Over the course of the year we enjoyed a lot of success both in tournaments and regular season. With such success it would have been easy for them to get complacent but they continued to push themselves as the year progressed. The boy’s success can be attributed to a number of reasons but particularly their hard work, team play and conditioning” says assistant coach Paul Reid.
Maintaining 1st place in the GTHL standings throughout the season, the Sens were set to face off against the Mississauga Reps in the first round of the Playoffs. The Sens swept the series 8-0 against the Mississauga Reps and then went on to face the Toronto Marlies in round 2 of the Playoffs. The Sens faced a tougher series against the Marlies but ended up coming out on top taking the series 9-5. In the GTL championship round, the Sens were against the Toronto Junior Canadians, the second place team in the season standings. The Atoms fought hard for their victory with a back and forth series that took the series to a Game 8. In Game 8, the Sens came out ready to play and won the game 6-3 making them the GTHL Scotaibank Champions.
Even though they came out on top, the Playoffs were not an easy ride for the Atoms. The boys faced elimination twice but managed to push through and win when they needed to. “In both the semi-finals against the Marlboros and the final against the Jr. Canadians, the boys were down. The Marlies pushed ahead to a 5-3 series lead and the boys then came back to win 3 straight and eliminate them 9-5. Once again in the final against the Jr. Canadians, we faced elimination in 3 straight games trailing 6 points to 4. In similar fashion, the boys won game 6 to force what we thought would be a series ending game 7. Down 2-0 in game 7 mid-way through the 2nd period, they managed to claw their way back to a 2-2 tie forcing game 8. In game 8, they were ready from puck drop, came out flying and finished with a 6-3 championship win. Over the course of the entire season, the boys never lost a single game when facing elimination (11-0-0 in tournaments and 4-0-1 in playoffs) ” says Reid.
“The coaching staff is very proud of all the boys and our team’s success would not be possible without all of their hard work and dedication throughout the season” added head coach Chris Stevenson.
The Sens are now getting ready for the OHF Championship coming up this weekend, April 7-9, in Hamilton. “Going into the OHF’s we’re very focused on taking it one game at a time. It is a great experience for all of our players and their families and we look forward to the opportunity of competing for one last championship” says Stevenson.
The Mississauga Senators organization is very proud of the Atoms and all of their success this year. We wish them luck as they move onto the OHF Championship. Go Sens Go!!