The Maverick & Son Exterior Inc. Peewee BB Wildcats remained perfect in tournament championship games this season, winning their third straight tournament at the Pittsburgh’s Three River Cup held Jan 12 to 14, 2018. After winning tournaments in Cornwall and Kitchener earlier this season the Maverick and Son Wildcats knew the Pittsburgh tournament would be a bit tougher. Because of their success, so far this year, the organizers felt it best if the Wildcats moved up to the U 14 division as U12 players. This would mean playing girls bigger, faster and more experienced than they were used to. The coaching staff knew the girls would be up to the task and accepted the invite and the challenge. Day one saw an early afternoon game against the Delco Phantoms who play out of Aston, Pennsylvania. The Wildcats started out tentative but slowly started to take control of the play and won the tournament opener easily by a 2-0 score. If not for the goaltending of the Phantom goaltender it could have been a lopsided result. After a quick ride back to the hotel to eat and to get cleaned up the girls were back on the bus for a surprise that some may never forget. The girls headed to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins practice. They were mere feet and a pane of glass away from some of their hockey idols. Later that evening, after a long day, the Maverick and Son Wildcats faced off against the Troy U14 Lady Sting who play out of Troy Michigan. The game started off as a rough one but eventually settled down. Troy took a 1-0 lead but the Wildcats battled back to take a 2-1 lead with two quick goals at the end of the first period. The game remained that way until the end of the third when the Sting were able to score to tie the game where it finished at 2-2. Saturday the girls had the opportunity to rest up until the afternoon when they headed over to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. After the game Assistant Coach Rico Fata, a Penguins alumni, arranged for the girls to have one last surprise when former Greyhound Trevor Daley came out to say hello and take photos with the girls. Saturday night the Maverick and Son Wildcats needed to continue their winning ways to ensure a spot in the finals. The Penguins/Red Wings match must have inspired them up as they defeated the Reston Raiders by the same 4-1 score. The win meant they would finish second and meet the Troy Lady Sting once again. In the final game the Wildcats played a complete team game to weather the initial push of the Lady sting and eventually started to control the pace of the game. The Wildcats took advantage of power plays, including a 5 on 3 advantage and took a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. Troy never quit and battled hard to score making the last 3 minutes of the game a nail biter. The team defence as well as some solid goaltending allowed the team to hang on for their third tournament championship of the season, this one playing girls one division up.
The 2017/18 Maverick and Sons Exteriors Inc includes players; Annika Babineau, Kyra Carrier, Laura Corrigal, Kyla Dundas, Isabella Fata, Samantha Guido, Haley Howe, Ella Karhi, Mikayla Krezek, Chelsea Kingston, Marina Particelli, Ava Provenzano, Martina Pucci, Aliya Rowe, Caitlin Senecal, Sierra Stefanizzi, and Molly Watson. Team coaching staff includes; Head Coach, Cale Krezek, Assistant Coaches Rico Fata, Lucas Provenzano, Denis Paradis, Trainer Melissa Watson, Goalie Coach Ralph Cuglietta and Manager Gabe Steffanizzi