Losing 7–1 in the semi-finals is a tough way to go out and West Hill Golden Hawks coach John Beatt says he’s already looking to avenge the loss next season.
The host Golden Hawks made it to the semis of the OHF Atom AA Championships but lost to Mississauga Braves by six goals on April 14.
“You’re able to use it as a motivator next year. (You can say) ‘Let’s make up for that loss’,” Beatt said on the final day of the tournament. “Who knows if we’ll play Mississauga again next year in the city finals and tournament, maybe? So we’ll pay back that loss. It’s a good motivator for sure.”
The championships took place April 12–14 at the Scarborough Gardens arena. Six minor hockey teams from all over Ontario, including Scarborough’s own Golden Hawks, competed.
The trophy went to London’s Jr. Knights. The Knights beat the Mississauga Braves in the finals 4–1.
“It’s very fulfilling, very fulfilling,” Knights coach Rob Welch said. “(It’s been a) long season, a lot of hard work, and a lot of hours.… It’s a lot of our time that we put into these kids. It’s nice to see them win.”
Although Beatt and his team were disappointed by the losses, Beatt is already thinking about next year.
“I am more than looking forward to having the same group of kids back,” Beatt said. “We’ve already established a work ethic; they know my systems and how I teach. I’m looking forward to the fact that I can keep the whole team together. All of them want to stay.”