The Toronto Golden Jets senior men won the gold medal at the first Major League weekend tournament in Ottawa.
The Jets opened the weekend on Friday night with a game against the Silver Jets and cruised to a 18-4 victory. Bruno Maunica led the Jets attack with six goals. Rudy Despaigne, Euan Scoffield and Aiden Masters all notched hat tricks. Sukhmun Hare popped in a pair of goals with James Glaser adding a single tally.
On Day 2, the Jets renewed an old rivalry with a game against CAMO 1 (Montreal). The game was a close fought contest each quarter with the Jets winning three of them by a single goal and tieing the other leading to a 11-8 win. Marunica again paced the attack with four goals. Despaigne and Hare each scored twice while Scoffield, Glaser and Richard Laurie tallied singles.
The Jets second game of the day was against Ottawa Titans 2. The Jets roared out to a 4-0 opening quarter lead and then won the second quarter 3-1 to lead 7-1 at the half. A 4-1 third quarter put the Jets up 15-2 heading into the final frame. A 6-2 fourth quarter gave the Jets a 21-4 victory. Marunica and Laurie both socred five times to lead the way for the Jets. Hare was right behind with four goals. Despaigne, Scoffield and Paul Spooner each scored twice. Cameron Hexter’s single meant that every Jets field player got on the board during the weekend.
Day 3 wound up as the gold medal game as the 3-0 Jets took on the 2-1 Ottawa Titans 1. The game was a physical battle and the Titans took the opening quarter 2-1. The Jets fought back in the second period to take a 5-4 lead into halftime. The lead was extended by one to 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter where the Jets won 3-1 to take the contest 10-6 and win the gold medal. Marunica, Despaigne and Glaser each had hat tricks with Hare providing the final tally.
The Jets will travel to Montreal March 11-13 for the final regular season league weekend which will determine the seeding for the National Championships at the end of April at the Markham Pan Am pool.