NGS Atom B Braves win in Rockland
The NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship at a tournament in Rockland on February 15. Pictured in front is Hayden Begin. Second row from left: Kyle Linnett, Aaron Paul, Zayne Rutley, Nicholas Rolland and Noah Ault. Third row: Mason Mekker, Owen Mekker, Makayla Molinaro, Dana Molinaro and Hamish Nowry. Back row: assistant coach Brian Nowry, assistant coach Steve Rolland, head coach Tony Mekker and trainer Patty Nowry. Submitted photo: Shelley Mekker
The NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship in Rockland on February 15, defeating the St. Isidore Eagles 3-1 in the final. Contributions from the entire lineup led the team to success.
Noah Ault sealed the championship when he scored into an empty net with 23 seconds left in the final game on February 15. It was Ault’s third point of the match as he also scored in the first period and picked up an assist on Aaron Paul’s second-period tally. Nicholas Rolland also drew an assist on the Paul goal. After allowing the Eagles to score just 37 seconds into the game, goaltender Hayden Begin was flawless the rest of the way for NGS.
“We got scoring from a lot of different players, not just the second-year players,” said head coach Tony Mekker of the six tournament games. “The grinders like Owen Mekker, Nicholas Rolland and Aaron Paul all contributed. They added a lot of offence, which was nice to see. It was a real good effort from each and every player from defence, to forwards ... and goaltending as well. A solid team win.”
To reach the final, NGS skated past the Gladiateurs d’Aylmer 4-1 in the semi-finals. After scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, the NGS defence shutdown the Gladiateurs in the third to preserve the win. Ault, Zayne Rutley, Paul and Rolland scored for the winners. Hamish Nowry, with two, Owen Mekker and Mason Mekker picked up assists.
In the quarter-finals, the Braves rolled past the Nepean Raiders by a 6-1 score. Rolland and Ault paced the offence with two goals each while Nowry and Owen Mekker contributed singles. Rutley handed out two assists and Rutley and Mason Mekker each had one. Nepean scored with under two minutes remaining to spoil Begin’s shutout.
The tournament started off in perfect fashion on February 14 for Begin and his teammates when they defeated Perth B1 8-0. Ault led the way with three goals and an assist; Rolland scored twice and Paul, Nowry and Owen Mekker rounded out the scoring for NGS. Makayla Molinaro, Rutley, Mason Mekker and Paul also picked up assists.
In their second game on February 14, the Braves had another close battle with St. Isidore and prevailed 3-2 this time around. Owen Mekker scored the game-winner in the final minute of play. Ault and Rolland had the other NGS goals in the win. All three tallies came unassisted.
In their final round robin game on February 15, the Braves faced Quebec’s West Island Kings. Begin was flawless once again in a 6-0 victory. In the six games at the tournament, Begin only allowed five goals. Ault had another strong game against West Island with three goals and two assists. Rolland, Rutley and Nowry had the other NGS goals. Assists went to Kyle Linnett and Makaylo Molinaro.