Bor­der Blaz­ers Atom B Cham­pi­ons at Rich­mond Tour­na­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Scott Coates

With tro­phies and the cham­pi­onship ban­ner are Bor­der Atom B Blaz­ers (front row), Han­nah Veilleux, goal­tenders Arne Ban­nach and An­thony Gagnon, Korey Champ­ney and An­drew Bouchard, and (back row), Ad­die Petit, cap­tain Levi Coates, Kolby Bron­son, Zack Craw­ford, Ryan Lo­gan, Isaac Bliss and Austin Giroux, along with coach Gary Champ­ney and as­sis­tant Scott Coates.

A group of young hockey play­ers from the Bor­der re­gion are beam­ing proudly this week af­ter cap­tur­ing top honors Sun­day in the Atom B di­vi­sion of the 49th an­nual Mousquiri Tour­na­ment in Rich­mond. Af­ter shut­ting out a team from St-georgesde-beauce 4-0 in the semi­fi­nals early Sun­day morn­ing, coach Gary Champ­ney’s Bor­der Blaz­ers came up with an ex­cit­ing 2-1 vic­tory in the cham­pi­onship game, edg­ing the Granby Ea­gles, the same team which had de­feated the Blaz­ers 2-1 in the fi­nals of the Ma­gog tour­na­ment in Jan­uary. Zack Craw­ford of Ge­orgeville opened the scor­ing in the first pe­riod, be­fore Granby tied it up in the sec­ond, set­ting the stage for the nail-bit­ing third. Newport’s Isaac Bliss scored what held up as the game-win­ner af­ter he took a pass from Levi Coates and fired home a wicked wrist shot with just un­der six min­utes to go. The nine and ten-year old boys and girls, an even 50-50 mix of Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans, had used bal­anced scor­ing and solid de­fense to rack up an im­pres­sive four con­sec­u­tive shutouts head­ing into the fi­nals, outscor­ing their op­po­si­tion 18-0, and will again clash with Granby this com­ing week­end at a tour­na­ment hosted by their ri­vals.

An hon­ourable men­tion in the “CC” di­vi­sion goes to the Coat­i­cook Frontal­iers, com­prised of play­ers from the Coat­i­cook and Bor­der as­so­ci­a­tions, who reached the fi­nals by up­set­ting the Ma­gog Can­ton­niers 3-2, be­fore los­ing 2-0 to the Ac­ton Vale/ Val­court Pan­thers.

Bor­der Atom B Blaz­ers’ cap­tain Levi Coates, as­sis­tant cap­tains Korey Champ­ney and Han­nah Veilleux and coach Gary Champ­ney, (wear­ing cap), are all smiles while pos­ing with Rich­mond Mousquiri Tour­na­ment pres­i­dent Guil­laume Cayer Richard and hon­orary pres­i­dent France St-louis af­ter be­ing pre­sented with the cham­pi­onship ban­ner.

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