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Under-15 99ers win first game of Gretzky tournament 

Brantford 99er'sUnder-15 99ers win first game of Gretzky tournament 

The Brantford 99ers kicked off the under-15 division of the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament with a 2-1 win over the Cambridge Hawks on Wednesday, December 28. 

Cambridge took control of play early but a misplay led to a quick 99ers goal at the three minute mark of the first.

Brantford 99ers forward Connor Tozer celebrates his first period goal against the Cambridge Hawks at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, December 28.

The Hawks responded with a quick goal of their own to tie the game at one. 

The hometown team applied pressure following the goal, but Cambridge defenders broke up three big scoring chances. 

With the game tied at one, Brantford started the second playing a much more physical game. They took an interference penalty with just over a minute remaining in the period. They cleared the zone three straight times to end the period. 

Cambridge Hawks forward Jackson Trott fires a shot on the Brantford 99ers net in the second period at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, December 28.

The Hawks came out in the third with 17 seconds left on the powerplay. The 99ers won the faceoff at centre ice and controlled play in the neutral zone to kill the end of the penalty. 

Cambridge saw a great opportunity to tie the game with a breakaway, but the attempt was broken up by the 99ers goalie.

With 5:04 left in the third, Brantford took a 2-1 lead. 

Brantford 99ers goalie deflects a shot in the second period at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, December 28.

The Hawks pulled their goalie with over a minute left to play in the third, and went to a 6-on-4 advantage thanks to a 99ers holding penalty. 

Brantford 99ers forward Matthew MacLean celebrates his game winning goal with his teammates in the third period against the Cambridge Hawks at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, December 28.

Brantford held on for over 30 seconds to win their first game of the tournament 2-1. 

Hawks Cole W-Bonneville and 99ers goalie Ethan De Dominicis were awarded the player of the game awards for each of their teams. 

Cambridge Hawks forward Jackson Trott and Brantford 99ers forward Braxton Dohnt battle around the net in the third period at the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, December 28.

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