The Oxford Source For Sports Tillsonburg Twister U14s headed to London this past weekend to find some redemption in their 33rd Annual Tournament.
This marked the largest tourney London has ever had and included 102 teams in seven age groups and 1,480 players. In last year's tournament Tillsonburg lost a heart-breaker in the finals, this year they wanted to make up for it, these U14s were just 13 of those players but they put on a show.
Friday morning they took on St Thomas and while the Twisters came out with a big score they were clearly the more experienced team, 14-4. One of those goals was on a rocket shot from Kristen Coffin who picked a top corner from one foot inside the blue line. Friday evening they once again flexed their collective muscles with another convincing win that featured the first career shutout from new goalie Madi Armstrong, 11-0 win.
Saturday had the Twisters on the schedule for just one game at 9 a.m. against a team from Richmond Hill, another game, another win this time with two players earning hattricks, Coffin and Holly Thomson.
As the round robin ended four of the Top 5 division scorers were wearing Tillsonburg colours: Holly Thomson, Emma Heemskerk, Olivia Yarmie and Kristen Coffin.
Forest had made their claim as being the team to beat and they stood in the way of getting to the finals on Sunday morning. Once again Tillsonburg came to play but this time it wouldn't be so easy, Forest scored in the first 30 seconds to make a statement.
The Twisters shrugged it off and pushed the play that at times made it look like the ice was tilted to the Forest zone with the barrage of shots coming fast and furiously. When the dust settled it was Tillsonburg 5, Forest 3. Thomson was a dominating force with four goals, Yarmie had one and a helper, Heemskerk four assists and Chelsea Luscher with one assist.
And then there were two... two teams to fight for the gold, Tillsonburg and a squad from Newmarket.
These two teams matched up well and the play went end to end for the first five minutes, a handful of chances for each went unrewarded until Newmarket notched one nearly six minutes into the game. That lead was short-lived until Adriana DeSylva won a battle for the ring and headed for the net to notch her first career goal to tie it up.
Gill Gilmore added a goal before the intermission putting Tillsonburg ahead at the break, a lead that they wouldn't surrender. A well fought second period had plenty of excitement but with a late goal from Heemskerk there was no denying who the more determined team was.
The Twisters skated away with the well-deserved gold and a perfect 5-0 record.
Overall tournament scoring was Holly Thomson (11G, 5A), Emma Heemskerk (5G, 10A), Olivia Yarmie (2G, 11A), Kristen Coffin (9G, 3A), Gill Gilmore (5G, 4A), Bryden Csanyi (4G, 2A), Alivia Chanyi (1G, 3A), Hannah Wilson (1G, 1A), Adriana DeSylva (1G, 1A), Aleashia Pilkey (1G), Kenzie McLean (1G), Chelsea Luscher (1A) and Madi Armstrong (1A and 1 shutout).
The team was commitment to defence, said coach Ryan Thomson. "Congratulation Twisters, well played."