The Kelsey’s Wings recently defeated Tiff’s 7-2 to secure The Orillia Over 30 Hockey Championship. In front of a roaring 8 fans at The Rotary Place, defensive stalwart Andrew Morris got The Wings off to a quick start with an early tally. Brett “T-Bear” Thibert, promoted to the top line for the playoffs didn’t disappoint, as he unleashed a twisted wrister short side to bury the second goal of the game. The Wings found themselves in penalty trouble late in the first and final periods, trying to fend off a relentless Tiff’s attack, surrendering their two goal lead shortly into the final period. Despite the onslaught, goalie Sean Smith put on a goaltending clinic, holding The Wings in the game while facing an onslaught of rubber from Tiff’s shooters. The Wings fortunes then changed as Johnny Kerr, who was mired in a prolific playoff scoring slump, was the recipient of a fortuitous rebound and slide home the game winner. Andrew Hawke went bar down on a breakaway to add an insurance goal and late snipes by Paul Elvins, Doug Noganosh, and Jeff Shanks added a little hot sauce to the victory.
Tom Earle (pictured above) was named team Rookie Of The Year and Playoff MVP, contributing three assists in the final, while playing on a shutdown defensive pairing with wily veteran Rob Street. Also skating to the victory were fellow Wings Greg Elvins, David McLeod, Brock Robertson, Bob Kennedy, while healthy scratches Matt Burns and Jeff Hunter watched from the press box. Player/Coach Jeff Morris, who didn’t let his minus two on the night spoil the victory, put his on ice struggles aside and said he was just happy to hoist the trophy at the end of the night and celebrate with the tight knit group. Jeff wanted to send out thanks to Kelsey’s for sponsoring the team for another season and ensuring the squad always had delicious wings and ice cold pints ready after the game!