It was an all-Ottawa Valley B division final to cap off the U18 weekend of the Pembroke Regional Silver Stick with the Petawawa Patriots prevailing with a 1-0 win over the Renfrew Timberwolves Dec. 1 at the PACC.
It was a battle of the underdogs as Petawawa and Renfrew finished seventh and eighth in the round robin but managed to take out higher placed teams in the quarters and semis.
Ryan Jeapes’s first period goal held up as the winner. Late in the third period, Renfrew pressed for the equalizer, pulling the goalie for a two-man advantage with 45 seconds to go after the Andrew Dawe was assessed a double minor, but Petawawa goalie Marc-Andre Comtois closed the door to hold onto the shutout and preserve the championship victory.
The Patriots now advance to the International Silver Stick in Forest Jan. 10-12.
In order to get to the final, the Patriots needed overtime to get past the Campbellford Colts 2-1 in the semifinal. Dawe scored the winner with the help of Tommy Campbell.
Ashtyn Doucette opened the scoring for the Colts early in the second period, but Dawe tied things up midway through the second.
In the quarter-final Sunday morning at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre, Petawawa beat the South Grenville Rangers 3-1. Dawe had a pair of goals and an assist while Sean Doughty added a single in the win.
In round robin action, the Patriots had a 2-1 record beating the Mississippi Thunder Kings 5-3, falling to the South Grenville Rangers by the same 5-3 score and doubling the Ennismore Eagles 4-2.
The Timberwolves blanked Osgoode 4-0 in the semifinal and blanked Kawartha 2-0 in the quarter-final. In preliminary action, Renfrew was edged 4-3 by West Carleton in the opening game, edged Bancroft 3-2 and tied Kawartha 2-2.
Also in B division action, the Pembroke Kings finished with one win and two losses. They opened with a 6-1 win over the Brockville Braves, were doubled 4-2 by Ennismore and edged 3-2 by Campbellford.
In the C division, the Valley Storm also played to a 1-2 record in round robin action. They hammered the Lakefield Chiefs 8-2, then were blanked 5-0 and 2-0 by the Douro Dukes and Sturgeon Lake Thunder respectively.
The Thunder and Dukes met in the C final with the Thunder claiming the banner thanks to a 4-0 win and wrapping up four weekends of minor hockey action in Pembroke.