The Wheatfield Blades 16U AA team went 4-0-1 and defeated the Guelph Jr. Gryphons in the gold medal game on Oct. 30 to win the CAN-AM Challenge Cup in Lake Placid.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the third period of the gold medal game, Blades forward Adam Graff deflected a shot by defenseman Josh Rucci to tie the game. One minute later, forward Spencer Hrynczak scored the eventual game winner, assisted by defenseman and team captain Nick O'Brien.
Justin Helms was solid in goal for the Blades during the game and finished second overall in the tournament goaltender skills competition.
Pictured, from left, row one: Will Holyoke, Andrew Zelak, Helms, Alex Marino, Graff and Sean Rooney; row two: Colin Arndt, Tommy Berrafato, Matthew Cannon, Matthew Stewart, Hrynczak, Gabe Rapini and Nicholas Sykas; and row three: Rucci, Tyler Godesiabois, O'Brien, Benjamin Langlotz and Christopher Carle. Not pictured: head coach Dave Cannon and assistants Chuck Carle, Brad McFarren and Mike Marino.
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