U7, U8 Blyth Brussels Crusaders teams heading to Jamboree tournaments
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
This weekend, the Blyth Brussels U8 Black and Burgundy Crusaders teams will be in Kurtzville for the Wallace Bruce Memorial Fun Day Jamboree, while the U7 Burgundy team will be in Listowel for the Bruce Williams Memorial Fun Day Jamboree and the U7 Black team will be in Wallace for the Wallace Jamboree.
In regular season action on Jan. 12, the U11 LL Crusaders will host the Mid-Huron Huskies 2 team, the U11 Rep team will play the Goderich Sailors and the U21 team will play the Central Perth Predators, all at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
The next day, the U13 LL team will play the Central Perth Predators on the road and the U11 LL team will play the Mid-Huron Huskies 1 team, also on the road.
The U9 MD team will play the Mid-Huron Huskies MD team at home in Brussels, while the U15 Rep team will play the Huron-Bruce Blizzard and the U18 Rep team will play the AEMHA Ice Dogs, both in Brussels. Also that day, the U21 team will play the Saugeen Valley Steelheads on the road.
The only regular season game scheduled for a Crusader team on Jan. 14 is the U9 LL team, which will play the Central Perth Predators on the road.
On Jan. 15, the U15 LL team will play the Listowel Cyclones on the road and the U18 LL team will welcomed the Listowel Cyclones 1 team to Blyth. The next day, the U13 Rep team will welcome the Kincardine Kinucks D team to Brussels, while the U18 Rep team will be in Ripley to play the Huron-Bruce Blizzard.
On Jan. 17, the U13 LL Crusaders will play the Wingham Ironmen Yellow team and the U15 Rep team will play the Walkerton Capitals, both in Blyth.
Then, on the weekend of Jan. 19, the U9 MD team will play in the New Hamburg Huskies Winter Classic tournament, the U11 LL team will play in the Stonetown Classic tournament in St. Marys and the U18 Rep Crusaders will play in the Twin Centre Frozen Classic in Wellesley and St. Clements.
The U9 MD team will open on Jan. 19 with games against the Kincardine Kinucks and Ingersoll, followed by contests with the New Hamburg Huskies and the Hespeler Shamrocks the next day.
The U11 LL team will begin its tournament play with a game against the host St. Marys team on Jan. 19, followed by an afternoon game with the Mitchell Meteors, while the U18 Rep team will first play the Clearview Canucks that day, followed by a contest with South Bruce.
Looking back at the week that was, the U11 Rep Crusaders lost to the Listowel Cyclones on the road on Jan. 7 by a score of 9-5. Also that day, the U9 MD team lost to the Listowel Cyclones MD team in Blyth by a score of 6-1 and the U13 LL team lost to the Meteors in Mitchell by a score of 5-2 and the U18 LL team was also in Mitchell, playing to a 2-2 tie with the Meteors.
Also that day, the U8 Black and Burgundy teams played two Goderich Sailor teams in Blyth, but scores were not kept for those games.
On Jan. 6, the U9 LL Crusaders and the Goderich Sailors played to a scoreless tie in Goderich, while the U11 Rep team was on the losing end of a 12-0 score with the Mitchell Meteors in Brussels.
The U13 LL team played to a 3-3 tie with the Goderich Sailors that day, while the U18 LL team beat the Central Perth Predators by a score of 3-1 and the U18 Rep team lost to the Bruce Peninsula Predators by a score of 4-1, all in Brussels.
Also that day, the U8 Black team played the Goderich Sailors on the road, while the U8 Burgundy team welcomed the Howick Hornets to Brussels and the U7 Burgundy and White teams played two South Huron Sabres teams in Blyth, but scores were not kept for those games.
On Jan. 5, the U11 LL team lost to the Zurich Thunder in Brussels by a score of 4-1, while the U7 Burgundy team played Central Perth in Brussels, but a score was not kept for that game.
On Jan. 3, the U13 LL Crusaders beat the Mid-Huron Huskies 1 team in Blyth by a score of 3-2, while the U15 LL team fell to the Mid-Huron Huskies 2 team, also in Blyth, by a score of 2-1. The U12 team was in Palmerton to play the Minto Mad Dogs, but came home on the wrong end of an 8-4 score.
On Jan. 2, in the first game for a Blyth Brussels Crusader team of 2024, the U18 Rep team lost to the Minto Mad Dogs in Brussels by a score of 2-1.
To end the 2023 calendar year, the U13 Rep and U15 Rep Crusader teams were both in Kincardine for the regional Silver Stick tournament.
The U15 Rep Crusaders began tournament play on Wednesday, Dec. 27 with a pair of 4-0 shutout losses, first to the Shallow Lake Lakers followed by the Wingham Ironmen.
The next day, Dec. 28, the U13 Rep Crusaders opened play with a decisive 11-1 win over the Saugeen Valley Steelheads, followed by a 5-1 loss to the Arran Elderslie Ice Dogs later that day.
On Dec. 29, the U15 Rep team was back in action, beating Georgian Shores by a score of 5-2, and the U13 Rep team lost by a score of 6-4 to the South Grey Spartans. Neither team would move on to action on Dec. 30, the final day of the tournament.
The U15 Rep finals, however, would have a rather local flavour, with the Huron-Bruce Blizzard triumphing over the Wingham Ironmen in the championship game by a score of 6-5.