U-13 Blazers win gold
The Axxis Optical U-13 boys Blazers brought home gold for the third year in a row at the 16th Annual Ottawa International Ice Breaker Tournament, held on June 5-6.
The Blazers began the two day tournament meeting the Pointe Claire Red Devils. The Devils scored quickly in the match, leaving the Blazers scrambling to find the back of the net as cross bars were hit several times during the game. Early in the second half Brett Ouderkirk sent a corner kick in front of the net, to which Joshua Watters quickly put his skills to work and headed the ball in the net, tying the game. Although they outshot the Devils 15 shots to 2, the game ended in a tie. The game went to penalty shots to decide the winner of the game. The Blazers won with all 3 shooters scoring. The second game saw the Blazers defeat the Ottawa Royals 2-0. Taking the field for the third time, the boys met the Nepean City Storm and ended regulation time in a 1-1 tie. Once again the game went to penalty shots. Five shooters were needed to decide the faith of the game. Guy Giroux, keeper, stopped 2 out of 5 shots. The last shooter, Anthony Pace, managed to hit the cross bar and with a funny bounce won the game. The 3 wins placed the Blazers first in their pool and gave them a bye to Sunday’s games. Sunday morning, the blazers met Nepean City Storm for a second time and won the game 2-1. The Blazers played the semi final game against the Pierrefond Cobras and won 1-0. This victory sent the Axxis Optical Blazers to the gold medal game where they met the hosts of the tournament, the Ottawa Internationals. The outcome of the game was a 3-1 win for the gold.
Goals were scored during the weekend by: Alex Douglas (3), Brett Ouderkirk (2), Joshua Watters (2), Ryan Scheffer (2) and Grant Hebert (1).
Guy Giroux played a great tournament between the pipes. Without the speed and agility of his defensive team, composed of Kaelan Leroux, Samuel Cardinal, Reeve Nicholson, and Anthony Pace, the task of the defending the net would have been that much more difficult. The strong midfielders can not be ignored, who were consistent in providing support and putting the ball through to the forwards for each scoring opportunity. Midfielders are Mathieu Brousseau, Grant Hebert, Niall Woodmass, Franco Caparelli and Médéric DeRepentigny and forwards are Joshua Watters, Ryan Scheffer, Brett Ouderkirk and Alex Douglas. They all worked together and played a strong passing game all weekend. Congratulations boys!
Coaches for the team are Luc DeRepentigny and George Caparelli and the trainer is Pierre Brousseau.
As for regular season play, the boys are off to a good start as they played 1 game and won.
The team would like to thank their sponsors for the year: Axxis Optical and MS Mechanical, as well as the following companies for donations of various items for the team: Sears Canada, Kraft, Zellers, Food Basics and Cristill Rock.
The Blazers are looking forward to their next tournaments in Gloucester on July 3-4 and in Kingston July 24-25.