NGS Peewee B Braves Captured Gold!
Peewee B Braves share golden moment in Quebec
The NGS Peewee B Braves captured the gold medal at the CAN-AM Challenge Cup at Sportsplexe
Pierrefonds in Pierrefonds, Quebec on February 14. And they did so in convincing fashion.
In the final, the Braves rolled to victory out-gunning the Ottawa Thunderbirds by a 7-2 score. After
facing off with a 1-1 opening period, NGS found the back of the net five times in the middle frame to
take control of the gold medal game. The teams traded one goal each in the third period to close out the
scoring of the game. NGS was led by Alex Leroux who potted two goals and three assists in the victory.
Innis Kippen and Gavin Nowry each had two goals and an assist and Jordan Evans rounded out the
scoring for the winners. Ethan Logtens and Yannick Vaillancourt had assists for NGS.
"We were committed to strong defence which we've been working on all season long,” said head coach
John Grady in summarizing the tournament. “We were a complete team from top to bottom. The kids
managed to keep the opposition’s best players from doing any damage. Our passing was consistent
throughout the tournament. Every one of our forwards came back to help out. We played four solid
games of hockey and our players were rewarded with the gold."
To reach the gold medal game, the Braves finished the round robin at a perfect 3-0.
The event started off with a meeting against the Leitrim Hawks. NGS scored three goals in the opening
period leading to a decisive 6-0 victory. Goaltender Tyson Zollinger opened his weekend with a shutout.
Kippen led the charge offensively with two goals and two assists. Evans, Leroux, Vaillancourt and Nowry
each added singles with assists going to Ethan Logtens, Leroux, Laura Grady and Nowry.
In Game 2 of the round robin the Braves were involved in a defensive battle against the Dragons from
St. Remi, Quebec. Zollinger recorded his second straight shutout, but the offence wasn’t able to find the
back of the Dragons’ net as they teams left the ice tied 0-0.
In their third and final round robin game, the Braves played the Thunderbirds in a preview of the gold
medal final. The Braves skated away with a tight 3-2 victory during the first meeting between finalists.
Leroux and Nowry had a goal and an assist each with Tyler Babcock rounding out the scoring for NGS.
Kippen handed out two assists. Leroux’s second-period goal stood up as the winner after the teams
skated to a 2-2 draw after the opening frame.
During an early afternoon skills competition on February 13, Kippen wowed the competition winning the
shootout despite playing against all levels of peewee players including AA skaters. Kippen was perfect
scoring on all of his attempts while competing under lots of pressure. The crowd in attendance was
standing-room only. Zollinger won Top Goaltender in the Braves’ division and second overall among all
of the Peewee B division teams in attendance. The relay race team of Jordan Evans, Tyler Babcock, Laura
Grady and Alex Leroux had a clear victory over all three B teams and lost in the second round facing AA