Posted on March 10, 2012 at 6:55 AM by Rrighi
At 6:00 AM on a snowy Friday morning, in Clinton NY, The Rebels 97 Bantam team opened the New York State Championship and got off to a bang. As the first few minutes of the game went by, Kevin Young and the boys showed why they finished first seed in the East. Up 5-0 with only six minutes gone it looked like the Rebels would cruise to an easy opening victory. Midway through the second, the Rebels were holding a comfortable 5-1 lead. The squad from Clinton hung tough, fighting back in the third, and with the help of several bad penalties taken by the Rebels, they were able to close to within one as Clinton netted their fourth goal with 23 seconds left in the game. The Rebels were able to hold on as Clinton elected to keep their net minder in place and not put out an extra skater. As the last seconds ticked off the clock, The Rebels would find themselves posting the first win in the 2012 tournament.
The Bantams were back at it at in the afternoon, this time facing a strong Tonawanda team who took the ice for the first time in the states. Once again the Rebels jumped out to a quick lead, going up 4-1 in the first. Kevin Young must have been experiencing flashbacks of the morning game as Tonawanda was able to close the gap as the second period ended 4-3 Rebels. The third period was filled with back and forth action but once again, at the final buzzer, the 97 Rebels had posted another W in the win column finishing off Tonawanda 6-4.
The Rebels face St. Lawrence Saturday morning and finish the round robin against Camillus later on in the day. Go REBELS!!!!
The 97 Bantams as well as the Rebel organization would like to say a very special thank you to Alex Gallose and his family. Alex has demonstrated the true meaning of team spirit and dedication by joining the 97 squad just days before the states started. At the last minute, the state bound Rebels were in danger of attending the tournament with only one goalie, Alex stepped up and is on the bench in the event he is needed! THANKS!!!!!