Coach Bowdridge's 2003 Predators Premier team took a nice trip recently to Jay Peak VT. The goal of the trip was to get the team closer than ever and compete against some top teams.
Coach Bowdridge was the team's executive chef for the weekend, with a big shout out and Thank You to Katie Bowdridge and Coach Mike's Mom for the homemade meatballs and other goodies!! The team setup tents and had cookouts through the weekend of the tournament. The team also enjoyed the water slides and the facilities that Hotel Jay provided. The experience was nothing short of awesome from a bonding perspective.
The Predators faced some strong competition in this tournament, which is what they were hoping for. They faced two top T1 Elite teams from NY and Canada, and two teams from EHF T1 Black division. One of the EHF teams was in first place in their division and the Canadian team is actually the number 2 team in the country and currently still undefeated for the 2016 season. So needless to say the Predators expected some serious competition and they did not disappoint.
In the first game the Predators found themselves raising their level of play for the tournament as they battled NY's Albany Titans to a 7-5 win, the Predators could not be stopped in this game as the Titans did everything they could to just keep up. Player of the Game honors went to Peter Kourkoutas.
The second game was not in the Predators favor as they faced undefeated Ottawa Silver Seven which is a team that pulls elite players from seven communities in Ottawa. They were just awesome to watch and play against. The Predators actually went toe to toe with them in the first period, hitting two posts and having numerous scoring opportunities but Ottawa capitalized on a mid period turnover and on a late period tip to go up 2-0 after 1 period of play. The second period the Predators found themselves spending most of it in the penalty box, and the Silver Seven made them pay the price scoring three powerplay goal on single and multiple man advantages. The Preds ended up losing 7-0 as they tried taking some high risk chances late in the game. Kudos to an amazing Ottawa team that we hope to play again in the future. Player of the game honors went to JT Bowdridge.
The third game went against a strong EHF Providence Capitals team. The Preds went up early on them 1-0 in the first and dominated the period. The Capitals turned it up in the second and third making it a close game at 2-2 till the final minutes when the Preds scored with seconds on the clock to win on a great strategy by the coaching staff:). The player of he game honors went to Jordan Young.
In the semifinal game the Preds played against first place EHF Black Division Northstars. They were big, fast and skilled. The game went back forth and the Preds missed some opportunities early that would come back and haunt them as the Northstars were relentless. JT was just awesome early and often in this game, but the Northstars prevailed knocking the Preds out of the Championship game 2-1.
The player of the game honors went to Jason Hurford.
You could guess that Ottawa won the Championship, but nevertheless it was a very successful tournament for these kids going 2-2 for the weekend and so close to going 3-1 against some amazing competition.
Great Job to our goalie:
To our amazing defense:
To our amazing offense:
To our coaches:
HC: Mike Bowdridge
AC: John Howland
AC: Peter Kourkoutas
WAY TO GO - 2003 PREMIER TEAM!