Peewee Rep Braves win Crush tournament
The NGS Peewee B Rep Braves took home the championship banner from the Clarence Crush Tournament December 11 to 13. Pictured front from left are: Brody Villeneuve, Nicolas Leroux, Brennan Atkins, Kody Giroux, Ashtyn Nugent, Sean Barton and Dustin Villeneuve. Middle row: Derryk Gauthier, Gracie Leroux, Jacob Nolan, Parker Ouderkirk, Olivier Chagnon and Jake Lalonde. Back Row: Lance Ouderkirk (coach), Greg Nolan (assistant coach), Amanda Smith (assistant coach) and Marc Chagnon (trainer).
Hard work, hard work and a side of hard work. The NGS Peewee Rep Braves entered the Clarence Crush Tournament December 11 to 13 looking to put their motto into action. Boy did they deliver.
Opening up against Renfrew, the Braves held the Wolves scoreless, however, despite numerous chances were unable to find the back of the net themselves resulting in a 0-0 tie.
Returning Saturday morning, determined to find the back of the net, the Braves played a complete game and came out on top of the Pembroke Lumberkings by a score of 3-0. This set up a showdown between the Braves and Smiths Falls for first in their group, and a bye into the semi-final.
Against Smiths Falls, the Braves came out flying and were relentless giving their opponents fits throughout the rink. Pressuring the Bears at every turn, the Braves put in an outright dominant performance in a 5-0 victory. The win put them directly into the semi's Sunday afternoon.
Upon arriving at the rink on Sunday, the Braves knew their next opponent, the UCMHL West Division leaders Kemptville Panthers. In one of their most complete games of the year, and despite being in the penalty box on six occasions, compared to none for Kemptville, the Braves took the challenge head on and came through with a 2-1 win putting them in the tournament final.
Waiting for the Braves were the hometown Clarence-Rockland Crush who went undefeated through the tournament heading into the final. After opening the scoring, the Braves fell behind 2-1 entering the third period. Taking the words of the coaches to heart, and continuing to work with more intensity than their opponent, the Braves were able to tie it up and send the game to overtime. Despite an overtime period that saw numerous scoring chances, the game remained in a deadlock. A 3-man shoot-out was up next to determine the champions. In the end, the Braves outscored the Crush 1-0 to prevail.
Outstanding goaltending, suffocating defense and a relentless attack, helped the Peewee Rep Braves epitomize hard work and team play and emerged as champions.