After a great win on Saturday, then a marvelous victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday, the Chiefs had only one more obstacle in their way to becoming the undisputed champions of the 10 and 11-year-old Bantam Division.
The date was Tuesday, March 18, with a 7:30 p.m. face-off under the lights at the Mineola Community Skating Rink. With League President Tom Flynn looking on and keeping a watchful eye on the future NHL stars, the first period whistle sounded.
The Chiefs established dominance right from the start with the help of Joseph Calabro, John Sullivan and a quick score by Matt Goodrich on offense and fantastic defense led by Vin Ruggiero, Chris Grunert and Andrew Seader. As the second period started, the rest of the tribe got into the game with outstanding play and hustle by Adam Shapiro, Richard Bohan, Justin D'Angelo, Peter Granath, Nick Ricciardi and Keith Williams on offense and another goal scored by big Matt Goodrich. This combined with the continued efforts of William Gerstner and Bob Port on defense, the Hawks were shut down through two periods of play.
The Chiefs' Sullivan, Goodrich and Calabro positioned themselves around the rink to start the third with a glow of confidence and the smell of victory in the air.
With the help of goalie Jimmy Georgas playing a shutout game and more goals by the tribe, the Chiefs were able to win the championship game 4-0.
Special thanks to all the Chiefs players and their families for great sportsmanship and support throughout this fine season.