U-13 Blaz­ers win gold

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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.

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