Midget B2 NGS Braves accomplish near perfection

Midget B2 NGS Braves accomplish near perfection

The NGS Midget B2 House Braves have completed a memorable unbeaten season. After winning the regular season crown with a record of 23-0-1 record, the team kept their streak going in the playoffs rolling to a 6-0-0 mark on their way to a championship.

“We had a terrific year record-wise and through bonding as a group,” said assistant coach Ray Lariviere. “It’s not often you get a full squad out for practice at this age, and we did pretty much regularly. We had four out of the five top scorers and solid defence. We had key contributions from our goaltending. Every player on the team played a part in the fact we were an undefeated team.”

In Game 2 of their playoff championship series on March 26, the Braves faced a short-manned but determined Char-Lan Rebels club. Despite heading to Finch with just seven skaters, the Rebels kept things close throughout the game but just didn’t have enough gas in the tank falling to the Braves 4-1.

In what could turn out to be his last minor hockey league game, league-leading scorer and team captain Matt Mainville had a fantastic outing. Mainville scored all four of his team’s goals and controlled the puck for most of his shifts, including while short-handed. The win was a total team effort he says.

“We worked hard all year and we had a great bunch of guys,” said Mainville. “It was a blast to be part of this winning team.”

Ryan Lalonde and Duncan Quenneville had two assists in the victory with Josh Villeneuve handing out one. Char-Lan’s skaters deserve full marks for their effort. Skating with seven players for a full game, an intense championship game, is not easy. Nick Seguin had the lone Rebels’ goal unassisted with 21 seconds remaining in the opening period.

In the opener of the series the Braves rolled past the Rebels 9-1. NGS led 3-0 after the first period and 8-0 after two. Matt Mainville and Lalonde each had three goals in the win with singles going to Noah Ladouceur, Liam Helmer and Villeneuve. Villeneuve had three assists, Brendan MacMaster, Philip Mainville and Matt Mainville had two, while Peter Martel, Lalonde and Jacob Gauthier each had one. Dawson Robertson’s shutout was spoiled in the third when Seguin scored for Char-Lan early in the third period from Colin McLenaghan.

In round robin play, the Braves opened with a 15-2 win over the Cornwall Colts 2 on February 28. Matt Mainville had five goals, Lalonde scored four, Villeneuve had two and singles went to Martel, Gauthier and Jack Mills. On February 29 NGS defeated Cornwall 4, 6-1. Mills scored twice and singles went to Gauthier, Villeneuve, MacMaster and Lalonde. On March 2 NGS 2 defeated NGS 1, 7-4. Matt Mainville scored three times and Lalonde and Villeneuve each had two. On March 5 NGS closed out the round robin with a 7-5 win over Cornwall 2. Gauthier, Lalonde and Villeneuve had two goals each with a single going to Helmer.

For the record, the Braves lone “blemish” this season was a 4-4 draw with Cornwall Colts 2 on December 10.