Cobras Tie Up OMHA Final

Kent Cobras OMHA

The Kent Cobras Minor Atom ‘AA’ team shakes hands with their Kingston opponents at Thames Campus – Photo by Chad Peterson/ Chatham Kraft Hockeville

After falling behind 4-points to zero last weekend in Kingston, the Minor Atom Kent Teksavvy Cobras bounced back in front of a huge crowd at Thames Campus to knot the series at 4-4 with a pair of wins, and set up a deciding game next weekend in Kingston.

“These two teams of 9 and 10 year olds have played their hearts out and have battled right until the end in each and every game,” said Kent head coach Brad Twigg. “Kingston won games 1 and 2 in Kingston last weekend and Kent won games 3 and 4 this past weekend to even up the series at 2 wins apiece or 4 points each in the 6 point series.”

In front of an estimated crowd of more than 1000 people Saturday, the Kent Cobras edged the Kingston Junior Canadiens 3-2. Aidan Wheeler opened the scoring in the first period for Kent before Kingston tied things up 1-1.

In the second frame, Austin Drew, with assists coming from Logan Houle and Ben Church, again put Kent ahead. Kingston however tied the game in the third, sending it to overtime. With another win, Kingston would take the 6-point series, and the OMHA title.

At 7:42 of the extra frame though Declan Waddick played the hero, scoring a shorthanded goal assisted by Ryan Holly to win the game. Carson Nogueira was solid in net for the Cobras.

The large home crowd, according to coach Twigg was a factor in the game.

“The support from all members of the KMHA family and others members of our community has been extraordinary. The community in which we live couldn’t have supported these 9 and 10 year old boys anymore in which they did this past weekend here in Chatham with crowds in excess of 1000 people.”

“The Kent Minor Atom AA Teksavvy Cobras hockey family truly appreciates everything that all the fans who came out this weekend to cheer the boys on because they made the atmosphere inside the Thames Campus Arena electric and an intimidating place to play for the visiting team.”

Sunday, in another potentially deciding game for Kingston, Kent came out and shut down their opponent.

Declan Waddick scored the lone goal of the game with assists going to Logan Houle and Austin Drew, leading the Kent Cobras to a 1-0 shutout win. Jacob Vancoillie had the shutout in net.

Game five takes place next Sunday in Kingston.

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