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Bantam AE Terriers skate to Caledonia Cup championship

Against a bigger team in the final, Terriers showed their heart and determination to earn a hard-fought victory - and the tourney title
Caledonia Cup Champs
The Tatham Engineering Bantams won the Caledonia Challenge. eam members include goalies Will Whaley and Braeden Matthie. Second Row: Mac Lovering, Jake Curran, Liam Askew, Will Cousineau, Tommy Roop, Owen Shellswell, Lexon Strong and Carter Mitchell. Back row: Coach A.J. Willison, Aiden Shilling, Lucas Hagman, Levon White, Curtis Ashkewe, Konnor Codlin, Owen Ellis, Thomas North, Coach Leon Strong, and Coach Chad White. Missing are Trainer Chris Whaley and Manager Stacey Strong. Contributed photo

The Tatham Engineering Bantam AE Terriers recently won the Caledonia Cup Challenge.

The Terriers opened the tournament with a 4-2 win on Friday in a hard-fought battle against the Strathroy Jr. Rockets.

The Saturday morning started perhaps a little too early for the team as they dropped the second game 2-0 to a strong team from Merritton. However, once the opening round was over and the games became elimination, the team once again found their groove.

The Terriers defeated the host Caledonia Thunder 3-1 in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.

They were up early again on Sunday morning to battle the Ayr Flames, which came into the game undefeated in the tournament. This time the Terriers were ready, handing the Flames a 3-2 loss.

The Terriers were in the finals and looking for some redemption against the Merritton Bulldogs! Though the Bulldogs were much bigger in size, the heart and determination demonstrated by each of the Terrier players was the deciding factor as Orillia came away with a 4-3 win over the previously undefeated Bulldogs.

From both goalies shutting the door when needed in close games, to the defence averaging just two goals against, and the forwards providing big goals, it was a total team effort that allowed the Terriers to hoist the cup Sunday afternoon.