Upsets and high suspense highlighted competition at the 2018 Tom Wilson Peewee Classic. The tournament, which had been previously named the Bell Challenge and Bauer Challenge Cup, saw 26 teams from Minor Peewee and Peewee “AAA” divisions compete for the coveted title.
After finishing second and third, respectively, the Minor Peewee Kanata Blazers and Ajax-Pickering Raiders were upset in their quarter-final matchups. The Toronto Red Wings, who upset the Raiders and finished the round-robin in sixth, managed to make their way to the finals where they were defeated 6-1 by League-mates, the Mississauga Rebels. The Rebels were the only team besides the Kanta Blazers to finish round-robin competition with four wins. The Rebels are the first team to win the tournament in the newly added Minor Peewee division. The Red Wings and Rebels will meet again on November 8 during GTHL regular season action.
Meanwhile, eight of the ten Peewee-aged powerhouses made it through to quarter-final competition on Sunday. The second place Markham Majors managed to upset the first place Quinte Red Devils in the semi-finals to earn a date with the third place Vaughan Kings in the championship final.
With the score tied at one, the Majors and Kings would need overtime to decide who would be crowned the champs of the Peewee division. A penalty shot awarded to the Kings would seal the deal for Vaughan, who currently sit fourth in the Peewee “AAA” division. They will meet the Majors again on November 18.
Click here to see full scores and results from the 2018 Tom Wilson Peewee Classic.