Suc­cess­ful Be­gin­ning For Piper Hockey

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Robert Fisk Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Af­tera 1-5 record in ex­hi­bi­tion games at the be­gin­ning of the year no one was ex­pect­ing the young in­ex­pe­ri­enced Se­nior Boy’s hockey team at Alexan­der Galt to win many games this year. How­ever the young Pipers have sur­prised a few teams this past week by record­ing three wins to of­fi­cially open the high school hockey sea­son.

The Pipers opened their ETIAC sea­son at home last Tues­day when they hosted the Stanstead Col­lege Spar­tans. The Spar­tans de­feated the Pipers a week ear­lier in ex­hi­bi­tion play 5-4 so they seemed to be the fa­vorite. A pair of rook­ies got the Pipers on the board first when An­thony Gos­selin set up Hunter Haskell in the slot. As the goal was be­ing an­nounced Yuhi Yoshikawa from the Spar­tans replied 12 sec­onds later to even things up at one af­ter the first pe­riod. Piper Cap­tain Chris Boucher set up an­other rookie; Sam Ch­er­nis at the side of the net to give the boys from Galt a 2-1 lead af­ter 30 min­utes of play.

An­thony John­son scored early in the third pe­riod af­ter tak­ing a nice feed from Nick Sam­son and buried it be­hind the Spar­tan net min­der to give the Pipers a 3-1 lead. De­fense­man Sam Dubois picked up the other as­sist on the goal. How­ever the Spar­tans showed a lot of poise as Kyle Home scored two goals within three min­utes to ties things up once again. The two teams seemed to open things up the rest of game as they moved the puck up and down the ice quickly and cre­ated many scor­ing chances. John­son sent Sam­son in on a break­away mid­way through the fi­nal frame and the strong power for­ward snapped it in the back of the net. Once again the Spar­tans tied the game with five min­utes left to play as Yoshikawa net­ted his sec­ond goal of the game. Jared Chute fin­ished off a nice break­out play by the Pipers with 1:35 re­main­ing in the game by ri­fling a shot just un­der the cross bar to give the Pipers a 5-4 lead. John­son sealed the Piper vic­tory when Boucher fed him a nice pass and he scored into the empty net, but not be­fore Sam­son blocked a cru­cial shot from the point. Goal­tender Liam Dougherty looked good as he kicked a side 26 Spar­tan shots to pick up the win. Galt Tour­na­ment: The Pipers hosted their 43rd An­nual In­vi­ta­tional Hockey tour­na­ment this past week­end and looked to win it for the fourth time. Their hopes

An­thony John­son

of win­ning it did not last very long as they lost their open­ing game 3-1 to Col­lege Bre­beuf. John­son was the lone Piper marks­men af­ter stole the puck at the blue line and deaked the goalie with a nifty short­handed marker. Dougherty was named the player of the game as he saved 33 of 36 shots he faced.

In game two the Pipers squared off against their archri­val from the ETIAC; the Massey-Vanier Vik­ings from Cowansville. The Vik­ings had de­feated the Pipers a week ear­lier 2-0 so the Pipers looked to even the score. Jerome Coupal got the Vik­ings go­ing in the first pe­riod af­ter he walked out from the boards a picked the cor­ner on the short side. Ch­er­nis fin­ished off a nice pass­ing play be­tween John­son and Chute at 4:12 of the first pe­riod to even things up at one a piece. Coupal put the Vik­ings in front again with two min­utes play in the sec­ond pe­riod with a nice slap shot from the point.

The Pipers took ad­van­tage of a Vik­ing penalty late in the sec­ond pe­riod to score early in the third pe­riod as John­son put on a toe-drag demon­stra­tion by go­ing around three Vik­ing de­fend­ers be­fore bury­ing it top cor­ner. The goal seemed to give the Pipers mo­men­tum through­out the pe­riod as Chute won a crit­i­cal face-off back to rookie de­fense­man Noah Tre­vail and he drilled a slap shot top cor­ner from the blue line with 1:26 re­main­ing to give the Pipers a 3-2. The Vik­ings looked to pull the goalie in favour of an ex­tra at­tacker, but John­son ended the plan when he stole the puck from a Vik­ing de­fender and put a fancy move on the goalie to so­lid­ify a 4-2 Piper vic­tory and a trip to the bronze medal game. Rookie goalie Jor­dan Lis­ter picked up his first win as a Piper and John­son was named player of the game. Lis­ter is the first player to come out of the new hockey con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram at Galt to make the team.

The Pipers faced off against the Sel­wyn House Gryphons from West­mount in the bronze medal game and got off to a poor start as they found them­selves down 2-0 af­ter seven min­utes of play and no in­ten­sity. How­ever the power play unit ig­nited the of­fence when rookie de­fense­man An­thony Quirion’s wrist shot found the back of the net as Boucher and Chute picked up the as­sists. Sec­onds later Ch­er­nis picked off a neu­tral zone pass and walked in and picked the cor­ner to even the score 2-2 af­ter 15 min­utes of play. The Gryphon’s scored the go ahead goal late in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Chute sent John­son in alone on an­other break away and the sniper made no mis­take to tie the game up again. Boucher gave the Pipers their first lead of the game at 10:45 af­ter he took ad­van­tage of an odd bounce off the glass and slid the puck past the sprawl­ing net min­der. How­ever the Gryphon’s tied it up two min­utes later that sent the game to 3 on 3 over­time.

Both teams ex­changed a few scor­ing chances, but the goalies made out­stand­ing saves each time. Chute used his speed to draw a trip­ping penalty and the Pipers called time out to set up the 4 on 3 power play. Quirion and Chute passed the puck around and set up John­son who played hero again as his slap shot beat a screened Gryphon net min­der and the bench erupted to cel­e­brate the vic­tory. Chute and Boucher took home player of the game hon­ours while John­son was named to the tour­na­ment all-star team for his fine play through­out the tour­na­ment.

Lower Canada Col­lege Lions won the tour­na­ment as they de­feated the Loy­ola Warriors 3-1 in the Cham­pi­onship game.

The Pipers will play in the tough­est di­vi­sion in the pres­ti­gious Sel­wyn House tour­na­ment this week. Up­com­ing ETIAC League games; Wed. Dec. 5 Galt @ BCS 4:15 Fri. Dec. 7 Galt @ Stanstead 4:30

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