The Sudbury Minor Peewee AAA Sons — Blue survived three straight nail-biters once the playoff round arrived, edging the Ottawa Sting 3-2 in the championship affair to claim the crown.
The Sons defeated the Nepean Raiders (4-0) and Jokerit White — Finland (8-5) in round-robin play, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Sting but bouncing back with a 3-2 win over the Cumberland Jr. Grads to finish with a record of 3-1.
Safely through to the quarter-finals, the Sons doubled the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 4-2, with Justin Dauphinais leading the way with a two-goal effort. Hunter Brazier and Nicolas Faught rounded out the scoring for the locals.
Dauphinais continued to hold the hot hand in the semis, netting the game-winning goal as Nickel City trimmed the Gloucester Rangers 2-1. Giordano Biondi had opened the scoring in the first period for coach Rod Mackenzie and company.
A second straight one-goal game would see the Sons emerge with the banner, as Brazier (2) and Dauphinais handled the offence. The Sudbury Peewee AA Lady Wolves narrowly missed duplicating the boys' results, beaten 2-1 by the Ottawa Ice in their championship encounter.
The local girls opened with a 3-1 win over the Kanata Rangers as Deseray Zazulak, Lauren Hancock and Mylene Lefebvre all found the back of the net for the Lady Wolves.
The tables were turned in Game 2 as Sudbury suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Nepean Wildcats, with Lefebvre connecting for the only goal for the northern crew.
Goals from Mikayla Gratton and Madison Laberge provided the necessary support for goaltender Kaylei Cameron in Game 3 as Sudbury blanked the Kingston Ice Wolves 2-0.
Needing at least a tie to advance, the Lady Wolves closed out the preliminary round with a scoreless draw against the Ottawa Ice as Mireille Kingsley made it back-to-back shutouts for the Sudbury girls.
Unfortunately, the Ice would find just another scoring touch in the final to edge the local ladies, with Lefebvre recording her third goal of the tournament in a losing cause.
Other local participants included the Sudbury Minor Peewee AAA Sons — White, who picked up a 4-4 tie against the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces as part of their 0-3-1 finish, along with the Copper Cliff Minor Peewee AA Redmen, winless in four attempts.