Road to the Challenge Cup

Daniel Hewko 

Our Redeemer men’s hockey team has made a lot of noise as the team defeated school after school over the past month on their road to the Challenge Cup.  In order to qualify for the Challenge Cup, a school has to be ranked among the top 12 teams in the province. Redeemer failed to be among those teams last year. However, this year seems to be more promising.  

“We have a very talented group of players who work hard and give it their all every shift,” said one Redeemer teammate. Redeemer won their first tournament early in February at Conestoga. The victory led to an increase in confidence and pride in the change room which only continued to build leading up to the next tournament in Brantford.

In their first contest, Redeemer was matched up against Sheridan College. It didn’t take long for Redeemer to begin scoring, and the floodgates remained open. The game was ended early due to the mercy rule of seven goals; Redeemer won the game 7–0. 

In the next game, Redeemer faced off against Mohawk. Redeemer came out strong and scored three quick goals early in the game, putting a win out of reach for Mohawk. Despite the score, the game was hard fought, with many scoring opportunities for both teams. Redeemer bested Mohawk with a 4–0 win.                                                                                                                                  

Redeemer advanced to the semifinals and came up against tournament host Wilfrid Laurier. Redeemer defeated Laurier 4–0, advancing them to the championship against Georgian College. Redeemer was crowned tournament champions after defeating the team from Owen Sound 4–0 in another well-earned victory. This championship qualifies Redeemer for the Challenge Cup, where they will have the opportunity to accomplish something great.

Overall, Redeemer had 19 goals "For" and 0 "Against" over 4 games at the Brantford tournament. Will Faber was able to achieve something special, a feat few goalies have the privilege to say they have done, playing a perfect tournament: 0.00 GAA (goals allowed per game), and 1.000 SV% (a perfect save percentage). In order for Redeemer to continue this remarkable streak, they will need similar performances from all of their players.

Don’t forget to support your Redeemer Royals hockey team as they continue to work toward the Challenge Cup. Players to watch: Will Faber, Lewis Tuininga, Wayne Otten, Josh Elgeti, Brad Kerkhof, Andrew Bradica, David Scholman, Kurtis DeVries, Liam Johnson, Daniel Grootenboer, Travis Feddema, Justin DeWeerd, Wes Schilstra, Geoffrey Faber, Jonathan Pereboom, Alex Riddell, Ben Voskamp, Justin Scholman and Daniel Hewko.

Special thanks to the coach, Jim Stevens, and volunteers Justin Van Hoffen and Craig De Boer.