War Pigs Back to Back Summer Champs!

Congratulations to the Niagara War Pigs on claiming the 2019 Premier Championship!

For the first time since 2011 the Premier Ball Hockey League has a back to back Champ! The Pigs, coming off a fourth place finish at the CBHA Nationals, were the cream of the crop for much of the 2019 campaign finishing in first place and rolling through the semi's and finals without a loss. A total team effort playing stingy defence and scoring coming from multiple sources. The goaltending duo of Bram Leggett and Jackson Roberts did a terrific job only surrendering sixteen goals between them! Offensively Andrew Jegg was superb leading the club in points in the regular season and playoffs. Linemates Anthony Loveless and Team Canada member Iain Downes were hard to contain on most nights. Niagara's D were physical and played a very simple game allowing their nifty forwards to excel.

After receiving a quarter-final bye the Pigs battled the Vaughan Red Wings in the semi-finals. Both games were physical and the Pigs had to come from behind in each game to win the series. Game one Munavar Humdani led the way with one goal and one assist in a 3-2 win. Game two was a scrappy affair. Jegg would assist on four goals and the Pigs would edge the Wings 5-4.

The finals would pit the War Pigs and North York Hitmen, who are making their first summer final appearance since 2015 after upsetting the second place Richmond Hill Falcons in the semi-final in three games. The Hitmen rely heavily on a great defensive game and MVP Goaltender Steven Santaguida was stellar between the pipes.

Game one was played in Toronto and the visiting team would strike early and not look back. Downes, Jegg and Loveless would combine for six points en route to a 4-1 win. After the break for Nationals both teams would lock horns in Niagara. Tyson Myke would score the eventual winter six minutes into the second frame as the Pigs take it 4-2. 

Jegg, with 1 goal and 8 assists, would be named Playoff MVP. Congratulations to GM Jason Capaldi and the entire team on fantastic year and for being Champions on and off the floor! 

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