What a great start to the holiday season! Both holiday and school spirit were rocking to the max at the Kempenfelt Cup on Wednesday. Throughout the day, four schools – six teams – played five games at the Barrie Molson Centre (BMC) to challenge for the inaugural Kempenfelt Cup!
Most schools started with a pre-game pep rally at their schools before boarding the buses to the BMC. This helped build the excitement and showcased the school spirit. The teams, along with hundreds of fans, headed out to the BMC to fill the arena for the 9:30 a.m. start. About 1,800 fans total from all schools cheered the teams on.
The schools were challenged to demonstrate the best – and loudest – school spirit. Students were geared up in their school colours to cheer on the Nantyr Tritons (black), Bear Creek Kodiaks (red), Barrie North Vikings (gold) and Eastview Wildcats (teal). The students were primed to cheer, sharing the knowledge that each school has the best fans! The bands warmed up the spirited students and each school’s dance group led their student section in a choreographed dance routine. To say the place was rockin’ was an understatement!
The on-ice product did not disappoint. The boys’ semifinals were the first up pitting the Tritons against the Kodiaks. The second semifinal was the often occurring “Battle for Grove Street” supremacy, with Eastview taking on Barrie North. Both games were close, but the Tritons advanced to the championship final. Eastview narrowly won the second semifinal in a shootout!
The girls’ championship game was played next featuring the Wildcats taking on the Kodiaks of Bear Creek. This game was highly competitive with lots of great scoring chances. In the end, it was a one-nothing victory for the Kodiaks! The girls were no doubt inspired in their play by the great crowd support.
The consolation and championship final games did not disappoint. Both games were hotly contested. In the consolation game, Bear Creek pulled away with two late goals and an empty-netter to win the consolation trophy 4-1 over the Vikings. In the championship game the Wildcats came out flying and scored early in the first period. The Tritons answered back tying the score not once but twice, eventually potting the winner late in the period. Eastview was up for the challenge but even with pulling the goalie, they were unable to get the equalizer.
The big winners of the day were, of course, the students and the Christmas Cheer campaign. The generous sponsorship of Georgian Chevrolet, Kempenfelt Imaging Systems, Sinton Landmark Transportation and Sportsline resulted in generous donations to support the community through the Barrie and District Christmas Cheer Association.
No event of this scale happens without the work of a committed group of volunteers. The primary organizers were Martin Carl of Eastview (and girls hockey coach!) and Mike Abram, principal of Bear Creek. Special thanks to the administrators and coaches from each of the schools who helped make this event something to look forward to each year.