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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Halifax Fighting Haddocks Earn Silver at CIC

The Halifax Fighting Haddocks Indoor team travelled to Waterloo, Ontario to compete in the Canadian Indoor Classic Tournament in February. The team was comprised of players from Nova Scotia with a few additions. In the group stage the Haddocks defeated C-FHC (Field Hockey Club) 4-3 and Toronto FHC 7-2, with their only loss to defending champions Toronto Lions 4-5 to finish in the pool in 2

nd place. This qualified them for the playoff round where the top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals. The Haddocks, in the Semi Final were matched up against OKD, a club team with several national team players. The Haddocks battled to a 3-3 tie, before going to a shootout. Shane Rajaraman, Anton Wernik and Balmeet Kullar all scored for the Haddocks in the shootout as Manny Grewal made key saves against OKD’s, Kenny Pereira and Scott Sandison, two highly decorated Canadian National Field Hockey Players. This sent the Haddocks to their first ever CIC Championship Final! The CIC Championship final was a dramatic end to a thrilling tournament. After dangerous drilling caused Haddocks Captain Shane Rajaraman to break his hand in the first minutes of the game, the Haddocks were in a tough situation. But the team stepped up and played hard!  Amazingly, Shane returned to the game late in the second half and scored with a broken hand to make it 3-2. Then in the last few minutes Shane hit the post and in the dying seconds Drew Rajaraman tipped a ball high just missing the upper corner. Sadly the team ran out of time but an amazing finish to an exciting game. The Haddocks finished 2nd at the highest level indoor tournament in North America, proving that they can compete at the highest level. Shane Rajaraman was named Tournament MVP and Manny Grewal received the Tournament Top Goalie Award from the Haddocks Team. 

Haddock Team: Floris Van Aast, JP Brien, Gurdeep Dhaliwal, Manny Grewal, Balmeet Kular, Jason Leadbetter, Drew Rajaraman, Mal Rajaraman, Shane Rajaraman, Anton Wernik, Sharon Rajaraman (Bench Manager)
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