We would like to congratulate the Falcons on claiming the NBHAC Tier II National Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick this past weekend. They faced stiff competition throughout the weekend as six teams from five provinces were represented. Alberta`s entry was the Edmonton Silvertips, Golden Seals represented Nova Scotia, the Montreal Marksmen represented Quebec and the host Province had two teams Goody`s Elite and Goody`s Stars.
On Friday morning the Falcons faced off against the Golden Seals in their opener and came away with a 5-3 victory. Andrew Sisi led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists and Rob Angiolella netted 2 goals. Chris Cusimano got the W in goal. The Falcons would face the hometown Goody`s Stars in their second contest on Friday afternoon and were dominant most of the way. Final score would be 4-1. Jeff Ricupero would get the win in goal and Angiolella would pot another 2 goals. Dino Brancatella also was a force and added 1 goal and 1 helper.
On Saturday the Falcons were on a mission and no one was getting in their way. They opened the day with a 4-1 victory over Goody`s Elite in a very physical game. Daniel Ponce would figure in on 3 of the 4 goals and Cusimano would make 30 saves in the win. Their second game of the day was a drubbing and the Falcons would win easily 8-1 over the Edmonton Silvertips and claim top spot after the round robin. Alberto Cucchiara would score a hat trick and added a helper, Angiolella would have his third multi goal game of the tournament, his brother Peter would add 2 assists and Michael Battaglia and Jack Bungaro would each add 1 goal and 1 assist. Ricupero would get his second win of the tourny in goal.
It was Championship Sunday! The Falcons needed two wins to claim the `Cup` and it wouldn`t be easy. In the semi-finals they would face Goody`s Elite once again. Goody`s would open the scoring just over a minute into the game but the Falcons got their horses going and scored four times before the first period was over. The teams would exchange goals in the second making the final 6-3 Falcons. Ricupero would get the win in goal. He was supported by Ponce and Sisi and they both found the score sheet 3 times. As the Falcons rested the other semi-final went into double overtime and the Golden Seals edged the Montreal Marksmen 5-4.
So the final was set. Ontario Falcons versus Nova Scotia Golden Seals. One game, one winner, ONE CHAMPIONSHIP! The Falcons would `bring it` early as they were facing a tired Golden Seals team. Scoring wasn`t easy early. But Andre Hall with his first of the tournament would open the scoring at 7:01. From there the flood gates opened and Ponce and Cucchiara would extend the lead to three after one period. Angiolella would score his tournament leading seventh goal and Ponce would round out the game with his second. Make the final 5-0.
Congratulations to head coach Vito Lagani and the entire team on bringing GOLD back to the great Province of Ontario. We are the `League of Champions`!