Minor atom Red Wings win big

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

Warren Foegele is one clairvoyant kid.

When he stepped on to the ice for the first time as a member of the Toronto Red Wings, Foegele had a premonition good things were in store for the minor atom team.

What he saw was a team that skated well, moved the puck well from its defence to forwards and a team that genuinely liked being around each other.

All the attributes that make the Red Wings such a formidable side came to light in the final of yesterday's 45th annual Don Mills Flyers International youth tournament.

Playing against the host Flyers, the Red Wings' prowess was evident from the opening faceoff to the final whistle, winning the championship 9-2 at Victoria Village Arena.

The kids on the Red Wings come from different ethnic backgrounds with names such as Alyn Nanji, Ilya Ulanov, Louis Vlahakis, Matthew Mariani, Hamish Miller and Joshua Ho-Sang dotting the roster.

In many ways, the cultural flavour has helped create a stronger bond among the kids and the on-ice chemistry they possess is unmistakeable.

"I'd thought we'd be very good," Foegele, who serves as captain, said of the free-flowing Red Wings. "We have great goaltending, a great defence and great forwards.

"Our coaches teach us a lot and that makes us even better."

The Red Wings went unbeaten in six games at the tournament and were seldom challenged, scoring 49 goals and yielding but four.

The Red Wings and Flyers played a high level of hockey and showed a great deal of maturity and class by gathering at ice level to take a picture as one group.

For the Red Wings, it was their third tournament triumph as they get ready to resume their GTHL season, where they rank second to the Toronto Marlboros.

TRIPLE OT

The Marlies atom side took the Don Mills title by beating the York Simcoe Express 2-1 in triple overtime.

Johnathon Adams scored his second goal of the game with the teams playing three-on-three. He scored in overtime last year at an Ajax/Pickering event and enjoys the pressure of extra time.

"You get pumped," Adams said. "There's pressure to do better, plus overtime is fun."

Adams battled hard along the boards to control the puck. He skated to the middle of the net and beat Express goalie Jack McDonald, who was brilliant in defeat.

"You have to send one guy in and have two guys high," Adams said on the strategy of playing three-on-three. "You don't want to get caught."

In the day's third championship final, the Ajax/Pickering Raiders defeated the Mississauga Senators 1-0 on a third-period goal by Devin Shore.

Timmy Ernst earned the shutout for the Raiders.

The four-day event earned praise from the coaches and kids, an understandable sentiment given that longtime Flyers official Peter MacInnis serves as chairman.


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