The Quinte Madison Excavating Major Atom Red Devils won a silver medal at the O.M.H.A. Championship tournament. Quinte advanced to the gold medal game where they fell 4-1 to Markham. Thomas Kuipers scored for the Red Devils.
Game one Friday had Quinte facing the Halton Hurricanes. Thomas Kuipers opened up scoring for the Devils early in the first. Halton answered back shortly after to tie the game and took the lead before then end of the first. Quinte would be undetered and came out flying in the second to score three goals and reclaim the lead. Scoring in the second were Ty Therrien, Gage Butcher and Kuipers. Assists came from Beckett Ewart, Butcher, Landon Wright, Liam Philip and Jared Langdon. Kirk Stevenson added one more in the third to make it a 5-2 Quinte victory. Glen McInnes stood tall in the net.
Friday’s second match up had Quinte playing a strong Hamilton Bulldogs team. Again it was the opponent who opened up the scoring but the Devils wasted no time tying it up on a beauty from Philip on the set up from Kuipers. Philip would score again early in the second to take the lead, assisted by Langdon and Ben Danford. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on to tie it again before the end of the second. The third saw Quinte working hard to generate offence and it paid off as Brody Partridge would score an unassisted goal midway through the third to seal the 3-2 win. Dean Spry protected the Quinte cage.
Saturday, game one, had the Devils facing a familiar team as they were up against the York-Simcoe Express. The Express were eager to battle after being knocked out by the Devils in the semis and hit the scoreboard first. The Devils weren’t shaken and would make it York-Simcoe’s only goal of the game as Wright started the offence to tie the game on the set up from Braedyn Rogers. Partridge would add the go ahead goal, assisted by Ewart. Ewart shortly after added one of his own, assisted by Kuipers. The Devils continued to shut down the Express offence and created more scoring chances throughout the game. Philip made it 4-1 on the pass from Langdon. Partridge, with his second of the game, would add the empty netter to seal the 5-1 for the Devils. McInnes was the in the net for the game.
Game two Saturday had Quinte playing against the host Markham Waxers. The two teams were well matched in speed and determination. Despite numerous opportunities in both ends it was the Waxers who managed to hit the scoreboard in the first. Quinte continued to turn Markham away as they fought to add to their lead and the second ended with no change in the score. The Devils never let up and battled hard against the home town favourites. In the end it was the Waxers added one more to the scoreboard to make it 0-2. Spry made many key saves throughout the game. Quinte would record their first loss of the tournament but earned an opportunity to meet the Waxers again in the gold medal round on Sunday.