The host Credit Union Oldtimers started out well, piling up victories over the Birtle Old Puckers (4-1) and the Gladstone Old Duckers (7-0). However, in the A semi-final, the club's usually overpowering offence led by Randy "Meat Head" Mateika went cold. Mateika said "I focused on backchecking and crease clearing (including an introduction to our goalie, Mike Smith) in the Gladstone game and never re-gained my offensive touch when the chips were down". The defending champion Kenville/Virden Flyers upended the hosts 3-0.
|Randy "The Rock" Mateika|
Credit Union Hockey Club President Blaine "Soup" Campbell was visibly dejected when interviewed and expressed extreme disappointment. "After this performance, there will be sweeping changes to the CU roster for 2012-13. This club needs to re-focus on our longstanding tradition of being a contender so all player contracts will be evaluated".
In the C Final the Silver Seven led by the Mullin family (David, Tyler, and Bryce) defeated the Mighty Bucks by a score of 7-3.
In the B Final the Winnipegosis Hawks defeated the Flin Flon Bombers (10-6) led by a pair of hat tricks by Duane Clarkson and club GM, scoring star, and rancher extraordinaire Terry "Slick" Sliworsky.
The A Final featured a rematch of the 2011 final with the Kenville/Virden Flyers facing the Valley Outlaws.
After a scoreless 1st period, Kenville took the lead on a beautifully roofed backhand over the outstretched glove of Outlaws goaltender Andy "Butch" Hodgson. A few minutes later Outlaws centreman Rick Betcher fired a laser over the shoulder of Flyer netminder Joey "Fort Mac" Moshenko to knot the score.
With just over 5 minutes remaining, the tenacious Flyer forecheck once again paid dividends, as they pounced on a rebound and fired it just inside the post for the Championship goal.
The Game Star Committee of Chris Zamzow, Darren Mullin, and Clayton Mychalchuk deservedly selected Andy Hodgson and Joey Moshenko and their teams' respective game stars and President Blaine "Clarence" Campbell presented the newly minted Credit Union Cup to Captain "Handy" Andy Miller.
Once again, on behalf of the CU Oldtimers, thanks for coming out , and we will see ya all on the links! The 38th annual tourney has been tentatively scheduled for March 28-31, 2013. Weekend ticket packages are expected to go on sale in early November at Atkinson's Sports Excellence.