Overall, there were 9 undefeated teams after the round robin and to show how important goals are with the 5 point system, not one team in the top 16 who moved onto the B pool, finished with a negative goal differential. The other 13 teams who made the elimination games in B pool were the 2017 Men’s B Finalists - London Gulls, 2016 Men’s C Champions - Barrie Maple Kings, 2015 Men’s C Champions - Toronto HOF, Niagara Bricksquad, Garden City Empire, Niagara Hitmen, Barrie B Flyers, Hamilton Lightning, Barrie B Hitmen, Blue Line Bandits, Niagara Nightmare, Big Bastone and Hamilton Outlaws.
On the C side, we saw some big teams get dropped to the lower bracket. The Niagara Falls Canucks, who had 3 Niagara War Pigs on their team and tonnes of WOBHC experience on their roster went an unexpected 1-1-1 in round robin with a tough draw and finished in the 3rd seed. The Fonthill Vicious Alpacas showed that they came to play being the only team to finish with two wins in the round robin and not make the B pool missing out by way of goal differential. They were the top seed for the C pool which also featured Hamilton Haze, Christie Panthers, 2 and 10 Custom Apparel, Barrie Brawlers, Hamilton Knights and Niagara Chiefs.
There were a few teams who had good showings in the round robin who went home early including Tsunami, who went 1-2 but beat eventual finalists, Big Bastone 3-2 and lost by one goal to both Niagara Bricksquad and Hamilton Lightning, two perennially strong teams who made the B pool. The Toronto Reign, who are a very strong indoor team, also didn’t make it to Sunday after losing all 3 round robin games.
In the Men’s B draw, the first elimination games had many close ones with 2 matches going to a shootout with the 15th seeded Hamilton Outlaws fighting hard but dropping their game to the number 2 seed, Barrie Titans and the 3rd seeded Southwest Cowboys falling 3-2 to the 14th seed, Big Bastone in the biggest upset of the round. The only other upset was the 9th place Barrie B Flyers beating out 8th seed Niagara Hitmen. Barrie Wolfpack continued their dominance winning 5-3 over the Toronto HOF and setting up a quarterfinal matchup against the lowest seeded Big Bastone who won in convincing fashion 8-1 to head to the semifinals. In the other semis, the London Gulls who sent home the Barrie B Hitmen earlier, started to gel and came away with a 2-0 victory over Garden City Empire, the Titans took out another Barrie team, sending the B Flyers home and the Maple Kings sent the Bricksquad to the showers. The semifinals featured two games decided by one goal with Big Bastone continuing their run to the finals by taking out another top seed and ending the Titans chance at a championship while the Gulls scored a goal early and played a tight defensive game to hold on to a 1-0 victory and forcing the Maple Kings to take their short drives home earlier then they hoped. In the B finals, we saw another closely contested matchup with Big Bastone, who took out the #1, #2 and #3 seeds, now facing last years Men’s B Finalists - the London Gulls for the jackets, banner and their names on the trophy. In yet another 1 goal game, we saw the Gulls take the lead and shut down the other team in a fast paced final. In the end, the London Gulls finally got the B division championship they have been fighting for winning 2-1.
Congratulations to the 2018 Men’s B Champions, London Gulls featuring Austin Blais, Cameron Bond, Gordon Clemas, Drew Clemas, Connor Lyttle, Daniel Day, Matt Delisle, Kyle Dicicco, Derek Hann, Andrew Harriman-Duke, Connor McMay, Troy Minor, Trent Minor, Mitchell Morin, Jake Morin, Brandon Stockwell, Brandon Thompson and Clayton Wielsen.