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Whalers Black shutout Knights for ’00 crown

FOXBORO – The 2014 New England Pro-Am Mini Chowder Cup is now complete, the Boston Jr. Whalers Black taking home the tournament’s top prize after defeating the NH Knights 3-0 in the ’00 Division Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Foxboro Sports Center.

After posting 3-0 records through the opening round to win their respective brackets, both the Whalers and Knights remained on their game in the early rounds of Sunday’s playoffs, steamrolling their way to the championship contest. When they met in the final match, however, the time had come for one to suffer their first loss. Despite having to play one more game than their foe en route to the final match, the Whalers were the first to grab control of the contest and then they never let go.

Oliver Wahlstrom put Boston on top 1-0 at 11:35 on a goal assisted on by Nick Castro. Tyler Weiss then furthered the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later at 13:24. Weiss’ goal, assisted on by Akil Thomas and Ryan Bangs, gave the Whalers a little distance on the scoreboard, but, despite their three big wins by a combined score of 20-4 in the day’s earlier rounds, they could never fully get way from the Knights, who remained within striking distance.

As time wore thin, any hopes of a comeback the Knights may have had were dashed by Cullen Young, who pumped in the Whalers’ third with just a minute to play, all but sealing the victory.

The shutout held, Elliot Tang backstopping the win and getting the nod as the ’00 Division’s All-Tournament goaltender in the process. Whalers’ teammate TJ Walsh was named All-Tournament MVP.