When it comes to tournament finals, the Spectrum Security Bears just don’t let the other team put the ball in the net.
The Bears produced a 5-0 win over the Yukon College Thunder in the final of the Bob Park Ice Breaker Broomball Tournament on Saturday at Takhini Arena.
The Bears last won the co-ed tournament in 2012, also with a shutout win in the final. When the Bears won the Yukon Broomball Association’s playoff in 2013 and 2014, they did it with shutouts in the finals both years.
“It’s a nice tournament for us to win because some of our team used to play with Bobby back in the day, so we’re quite happy when we get this one,” said Bears captain Josh Hirsch.
“It’s really an important tournament for me because Bobby was my brother in law. I circle this one. It’s an important tournament for me.”
The Bears went undefeated in seven games posting four shutouts along the way, counting the final. They out-scored the competition 20-3 en route to raising the Bob Park cup.
“They were tough games, we just had the offence and the other teams had a tough time scoring,” said Hirsch.
Chris Nash – the Yukon Broomball Association’s top scorer in the league last season – scored the first two goals in the final. Hirsch, Lars Jessup and Ryan Martin put the other three in. Chris Sawyer was in net for the shutout.
“He played great,” said Hirsch. “He wasn’t our goalie for the last couple years, so we’ve been missing him. But he came back and was back to his old form.”
The Bears reached the final with a 2-0 win over Thunder. The college crew then had to beat the two-time defending champ Nacho Nyak Dun Development Corporation team to get another shot against the Bears in the final. They beat the Nacho squad 1-0 with an overtime goal from Chad Bustin.
“Because we didn’t lose, we didn’t have a very hard draw to get there (in the final),” said Hirsch. “The other team had to play three in a row to get to us. It was quite a heavy schedule. They had a little Cinderella story going there but once they got to the final they were pretty much done … pretty played out.”
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