Bantam B Braves winners in Maxville
The NGS Bantam B Braves captured the A championship on home ice in Maxville on December 12. Pictured in front: is Alex MacDonald. Middle row from left are: Zach Meunier, Doug White, Dean McManus, Josh Green, Grayson Rutters, Matthew Cloutier, Ivan Schellenberg, James Paul, Amanda Evans, Kiel Coleman, Seamus Hardy, Connor Elliott and Barrett Rutters. Back row from left are: Phil Schellenberg (assistant coach), Mark Evans (coach) and Doug Paul (assistant coach). Missing from photo is Joe Rutters (trainer).
Bantam B Braves winners on home ice
The NGS Bantam B Braves survived a penalty-filled final against the South Grenville Rangers to capture the A championship on home ice in Maxville on December 12.
Despite sitting in the box on four occasions in the first period, and another five times in the game, the Braves took advantage of their own power-play opportunities scoring twice with the extra-man advantage leading to a 3-1 victory. The win came in thrilling fashion, too. Heading into the third period up 1-0, the Braves lost that lead with 7:50 remaining when the Rangers found the back of the net with a short-handed tally. The draw didn’t last long though as Seamus Hardy scored on the same power-play to regain the lead.
With 2:59 remaining, Kiel Coleman sealed the victory with an insurance marker. Zack Meunier opened the scoring for NGS with a second-period power-play goal while Barrett Rutters, Ivan Schellenberg and Grayson Rutters all picked up assists in the A final. Alex MacDonald was nearly flawless in between the NGS pipes.
Head coach Mark Evans summed up his feelings after the victory.
"Extremely proud of each and every player,” he said. “Everyone from the goalie out believed and played our system and supported one another in a team effort win. If the players keep improving like they are, we will be hard to beat come playoffs.”
The road to victory started off with a 4-4 draw against the Eastern Prescott-Russell (EPR) Fusion B1 team. Down 4-2, the Braves battled back with two goals in the final six minutes to earn the draw. Hardy scored the equalizer with just over four minutes remaining while Dean McManus had the other late goal. Barrett Rutters and James Paul also scored for NGS with Coleman, Schellenberg, Douglas White, Paul, Meunier and Joshua Green all handing out assists.
In their second round-robin game, the hosts rolled past Nepean 5-1. Green was in an early Christmas giving mood as he handed out three assists in the victory. Hardy (1-1), McManus (2-0), Grayson Rutters (0-2) and Schellenberg (1-2) each had two points in the victory. Other goals went to Connor Elliott and Barrett Rutters. Amanda Evans, White, Coleman, Meunier and James handed out assists.