NGS Peewee C Braves win thrilling showdown

2015 NGS Peewee C team picture

The NGS Peewee C Braves took home the gold at the Cumberland Dukes Showdown Nov. 20-22.Pictured in front is Kyle McManus. Second row from left are: Corinne Anderson, Cassandra-Eve Leduc, Jessica Green, Lucas Martel and Tristan Leduc. Third row from left are: Cole Watkins, Jeremy Sabourin, Matthew Bill, Johnny McAdams, MacKinnley MacKillican and Chloe Anderson. Back row from left are: head coach Todd Anderson, trainer/assistant coach Andre Sabourin, assistant coach Ray Lariviere and assistant coach Thomas Bill.


NGS Peewee C Braves Ottawa Champs

The NGS Peewee C Braves left Ottawa as champions prevailing through a thrilling gold medal final at the 

Cumberland Dukes Showdown Nov. 20 to 22.

The final against Kanata Cybers C2, at the Richcraft Sensplex in Gloucester on Nov. 22, required a best-

of-three player shootout after the title couldn’t be decided in regulation or two periods of 4-on-4 and 

then 3-on-3 overtime.

Braves goaltender Kyle McManus was poised in the shootout turning away two of three shots in 

impressive fashion. Tristan Leduc knotted the shootout at 1-1 with the Braves first attempt and then 

each team’s second shooters were turned away. After Kanata’s third player was stopped by McManus, 

NGS’ Matthew Bill had the opportunity to seal the victory. With the game on his stick, Bill cooley faked 

the Kanata goalie to his left and then deked right tucking the puck gently into an empty net. Captain 

Jessica Green accepted the trophy for the exuberant Braves. McManus was named the game’s MVP for 

NGS.

The Braves opened the scoring of the game when Tristan Leduc tallied from Jeremy Sabourin and Jessica 

Green. Green added a second period goal for NGS assisted by Corinne Anderson and Sabourin. The NGS 

defence was phenomenal and Green and Corinne Anderson were effective as they traded positions from 

centre and defence throughout regulation and overtime to help pay special attention to shutting down a 

talented scorer on Kanata.

To reach the final, the Braves prevailed 4-0 over the Ayler Foucons in the semi-finals on Nov. 22. The 

first two periods were evenly matched as the first ended 0-0 and the Braves led just 1-0 after two 

periods. Sabourin opened the scoring for NGS assisted by Green. The Braves blew the game open in the 

third getting goals from Corinne Anderson, Sabourin and Tristan Leduc. Green, Leduc, Sabourin, Johnny 

McAdams, Lucas Martel and Bill all had assists. The shutout was McManus’ third of the tournament as 

he led all tournament goaltenders in that category as well as wins (four) and goals against average 

(0.75). Sabourin was named the NGS MVP of the game.

To open the tournament, NGS skated to a 2-2 draw with the Canterbury Spartans at the Bells Sensplex in 

Kanata on Nov. 20. Down 2-0 heading in the third period, Green and Corinne Anderson swapped spots 

again and the results paid off right away. Green created several scoring opportunities with her speed 

and was a catalyst in the comeback tie. McAdams scored the first goal for NGS just under two minutes 

into the period assisted by Martel and Green. Green knotted the score at 2-2 with 4:08 remaining 

assisted by Leduc and Cole Watkins. The Braves rallied and pushed until the end and on a few occasions 

just missed leaving Kanata with a win. Green was named MVP of the game for the Braves.

In the second round robin game of the tournament on Nov. 21, NGS secured a 3-0 victory over the 

Richmond Royals. Despite a season-high five penalties in the game, which were the result of determined 

effort mostly, the Braves got a pair of first period goals from McAdams and Cassandra-Eve Leduc to take 

the early lead. Martel rounded out the scoring early into the third period and the Braves cruised the rest 

of the way. Tristan Leduc, with two, Chloe Anderson and Sabourin all had assists. Cole Watkins was 

named the NGS MVP of the game.

In their final round robin game on Nov. 21, the two eventual finalists met for their first showdown of the 

tournament. NGS squeaked past the Kanata Cybers C2 team 2-0. Watkins scored his first peewee-level 

goal off a nice feed from Corinne Anderson to open the scoring with just 28 seconds left in the first 

period. Tristan Leduc doubled the lead midway through the second period unassisted. Chloe Anderson 

was named the Braves’ MVP of the game.