By Sunday afternoon, that lesson would prove invaluable. The Sons bookended their tournament with 1-0 victories, the second of which secured the team gold medals, squeezing past the Burlington Eagles by the slimmest of margins.
The Jr. Sons knew they were in tough by the time that Day 1 of round-robin play ended on Friday evening. The locals recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over North Toronto before battling to a 2-2 tie with Burlington.
The offence started to kick in as the Jr. Sons steamrolled both the Soo Jr. Greyhounds (7-0) and the Kitchener Jr. Rangers (5-0) on Saturday, finishing first in the round robin and drawing a rematch in the semifinals with the Rangers.
The final score was somewhat closer than the first matchup, with Nickel City jumping out to a 3-0 first-period lead and doubling Kitchener 6-3, earning their berth in the final.
Jacob Gaudet paced the attack with a two-goal effort, with singles coming from Skyler St-Pierre, Bradey Smith, Davis Kainola and Zacharie Giroux.
Goals would be much harder to come by with the OHF banner on the line as the Jr. Sons and Eagles went toe to toe for a second time. Jordan Faught provided the offensive heroics, taking a pass from Gaudet and finding the back of the net five minutes into period No. 2.
From there, a solid commitment to team defence combined with the work of goaltender Connor McCann provided a recipe of success as Nickel City picked up the only medal that would be earned by any NOHA representative on OHF Championship weekend.
The 2013-2014 edition of the Nickel City Atom AA Jr. Sons included goaltenders Connor McCann and Zack Primeau, as well as Nolan Moxam, Bradey Smith, Jordan Faught, Bradley Brunet, Tyler Roussel, Jacob Gaudet, Alex Doiron, Ian Mackey, Joshua Kavanagh, Jordan Michaud, Skyler St-Pierre, Taylor Foucault, Davis Kainola, Zacharie Giroux as well as affiliated call-up Scott Rienguette.
The team staff features head coach Daniel Giroux, assistants Mike Kavanagh, Wade Kainola and Jim Smith, trainer Jean-Yves Doiron and team manager Randy Moxam.