Peewee B NGS Braves double champions
Peewee B NGS Braves double champions
The NGS Peewee B House NGS Braves have reason to celebrate after completing a season sweep in their Lower-St. Lawrence division. The Braves captured both the regular season and playoff championships.
With an overall record of 38-5-4 the success also included a tournament championship at a Can-Am tournament in Quebec earlier this season. The regular season crown was obtained when the squad skated to a record of 20-2-2.
“Our team was built from the net out,” said head coach John Grady. “We had great goaltending all year that kept us in every game. Our defence was very aggressive, mobile and suffocating, always making a good breakout pass. Our forwards were highly-skilled, explosive and dynamic with quick-strike offence. Each and every one of our players played an unselfish style with lots of passing and we were the most disciplined team with the least penalties in the league. The kids all back-checked as a five-player unit and drove the opposition nuts. The entire team played for the crest on the front of the jersey rather than the name on the back.”
In the playoffs, the Braves pulled through the round robin portion with three victories and a draw to reach the finals versus the Char-Lan Rebels. After skating to a 3-0 victory in Game 1, the Braves had a chance to close out the title in Williamstown on March 10. The Rebels had other ideas.
NGS led 2-1 after the opening frame on goals from Innis Kippen and Gavin Nowry but it was 2-2 after two periods as Char-Lan tied it up. Joab Seguin and Thomas Poirier scored for the Rebels in the first and second periods, respectively. Char-Lan took the lead just over a minute into the third as Seguin knotched his second of the game. That’s when the Braves went to work. Alex Leroux scored just 35 seconds after the Rebels go-ahead goal to tie the game and spark a flurry of three more NGS goals to close out the game and championship. Devon Elliott, Nowry and Jordan Evans rounded out the scoring. Yannick Vaillancourt had four assists in the game with Nowry and Tyler Babcock collecting one each.
To open the series the Braves defeated Char-Lan 3-0 on the strength of great goaltending from Tyson Zollinger. After a scoreless first period, Vaillancourt and Evans scored for NGS in the second. Leroux capped the scoring of the game early in the third. Elliott, Babcock, Vaillancourt, Matthew Lalonde, Evans and Nowry each had an assist in the win.
In round robin play NGS defeated the Cornwall Colts 3-0. Evans had two goals and Kippen a single while Nowry, Lalonde and Laura Grady had assists. On March 1 the Braves edged the Akwesasne Wolves 5-4. Nowry had three goals and an assist in the win with Kippen collecting a goal and two assists and Lalonde rounding out the scoring. Vaillancourt had three assists while Leroux collected one. On March 3 NGS tied the South Stormont Selects 1-1. Vaillancourt scored with 5:36 remaining in the game from Elliott and Babcock to avoid the upset loss. The round robin was closed out on March 5 as NGS defeated the Alexandria Glens 11-3. Nowry had three goals and an assist, Vaillancourt had two goals and three assists, Babcock had a goal and three assists, Kippen and Leroux had a goal and two assists, Elliott, Evans and Laura Grady each scored a goal and an assist. Breigh Jackson and Cami Tait each handed out three assists.
“Our players were spoiled with a great coaching staff including Kevin Lalonde, Paul Jackson, Mark Evans and Steve Tait as my assistants along with my trainer Patty Nowry,” said Grady. “Of course the most important position with the least amount of recognition is our team manager Sarah Grady. We had a great season with great kids and wonderful parents. I will be comparing this team for years to come. It’s sad to see it come to an end. It was a great ride.”