Border Blazers Atom B Champions at Richmond Tournament
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.