Atom B House Braves champs in Brockville
The atom B Braves captured the A championship at the Roger Ladouceur Memorial Tournament in Brockville on December 5. Pictured in front is goaltender Hayden Begin. Second row from left is: Nicholas Rolland, Dana Molinaro, Aaron Paul, Mason Mekker, Zayne Rutley, Owen Mekker, Makayla Molinaro, Noah Ault, Hamish Nowry and Kyle Linett. Back row from left: coach Tony Mekker, assistant coach Brian Nowry and assistant coach Steve Rolland.
The NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship in Brockville on December 5 during the Roger Ladouceur Memorial Tournament, defeating rival Char-Lan Rebels in the process.
“They’ve (Char-Lan) had our number during our regular season so the team was pretty pumped to defeat them and win the championship,” said Braves coach Tony Mekker. “They all worked real hard to make that happen.”
In the championship game, the Braves entered the third period down 2-0 after Char-Lan’s Ryan McCready put his team ahead with goals in each of the first and second periods. With the potential of another loss to their Lower-St. Lawrence Division rivals in the air, the Braves regrouped heading into the final stanza. Just over a minute into the third it was 2-1 as Noah Ault found the back of the net for NGS. Midway through the period NGS took a one-goal lead when Ault and Mason Mekker scored 29 seconds apart. Aaron Paul finalized a furious comeback period for NGS when he capped the scoring of the championship game with 3:34 left on the clock. Owen Mekker had two assists in the victory while singles were handed out by Zayne Rutley, Hamish Nowry, Makayla Molinaro and Ault.
To reach the A final, NGS defeated Embrun 4-1 in the semi-finals. Braves goaltender Hayden Begin came within just 5 seconds of a shutout but had it spoiled by a late Embrun goal. Ault knotched a pair of goals for the victors while singles went to Nicholas Rolland and Paul. Begin found the score sheet with an assist while others went to Kyle Linnett, Makayla Molinaro and Mason Mekker.
NGS opened the tournament on December 4 with a 5-0 win over host Brockville B2. Ault and Paul each scored a pair of goals while Rolland opened the scoring for NGS in the tournament. Rutley handed out two assists and Ault, Rolland and Dana Molinaro each had one. Begin was in net for the shutout.
In their second game of the tournament, on December 5, NGS stormed to a 6-0 victory over the Cumberland B2 Dukes. Ault and Owen Mekker each scored two goals with singles going to Linnett and Mason Mekker. Owen Mekker and Rolland each had one assist. Begin recorded the shutout.
In the Braves third game they defeated the Leeds Chargers 2-0. The names of the goal scorers were not available, however, Begin was in goal to register the shutout.