Red Lite light it up at nationals

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

Right now, there is no finer hockey team -- ball hockey that is -- in Canada than the Montreal Red Lite.

The powerhouse squad added another jewel to their already massive crown with another Canadian championship yesterday at Huntington Hills Arena.

With a 5-2 win over Toronto's Midnight Express, Red Lite won its fifth consecutive national title in a game that saw two of the best teams on the map go at it.

Centreman Alex Burrows led the way for Montreal, scoring a pair of goals and said his club can now call itself a dynasty.

"We're playing good right now and we've tied Toronto's record, so we can call ourselves a dynasty now and it's an honour to play for this team," said Burrows, referring to the five Canadian championships Toronto won from 1996-2000.

"When I first started playing ball hockey, they were the team to beat and it was always a big game against them."

Burrows, who played on Canada's world championship-winning team earlier this summer, opened the scoring at 5:10 of the first period with a powerplay goal as he one-timed a pass from Stephane Arsenault.

Montreal grabbed a 2-0 lead on Ian Fontaine's marker at 10:59 and extended their lead when Sandro Morello tallied with 17 seconds left in the first.

But Toronto came back hard in the second frame and their work was rewarded when Tony Talevski scored at 9:32. That goal was quickly followed up by Chris Morrison's effort two minutes later.

But that was all the Express could muster as Arsenault scored on a no-look shot from the blueline at 15:04 and Burrows iced it with an empty netter in the final minute.

The Edmonton Gunners beat the Vancouver Sharks 4-0 in the women's championship.


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