Spar­tan tour­na­ment this week­end

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Just be­cause the NHL play­ers and own­ers are still bat­tling it out doesn’t mean there isn’t any great hockey to watch. The Stanstead Col­lege Spar­tans will be host­ing their 15th An­nual In­vi­ta­tional Se­nior Boys Hockey Tour­na­ment, this week­end at the Pat Burns Arena, and there should be plenty of ac­tion. “We’re ex­pect­ing a very good pool of play­ers and teams,” said coach James Rioux about the three-day tour­na­ment that be­gins on Fri­day morn­ing. For the last five years the Spar­tans have made it to the fi­nals, win­ning the first three times then los­ing to Hill Academy in 2011 and Cegep Ste-Foy in 2012. Eight elite teams from the MPHL (Mid­west Prep Hockey League) will take part in this Round Robin tour­na­ment with the fi­nal tak­ing place Sun­day af­ter­noon at 3:30. “The team has been do­ing well and we’re ex­cited to be play­ing at home,” added coach Rioux. There will be a small ad­mis­sion fee and game times can be found on the Stanstead Col­lege web­site.

The Spar­tans have just re­turned from a very suc­cess­ful week of away games. On Jan­uary 1st and 2nd they com­peted in the Ta­bor Academy New Year’s Tour­na­ment where they won two (3 to 2 against Mil­ton in over­time and 2 – 0 against Hill School) of three games, los­ing only to Ta­bor 2 to 1 in the fi­nal. From Jan­uary 4th to the 6th the Spar­tans were at the St. Fran­cis Tour­na­ment in Buf­falo, New York. “There we won all three Round Robin games but lost to St. An­drew’s in the fi­nal,” said Mr. Rioux. Two Spar­tans were named to the ‘All-tour­na­ment’ team fol­low­ing that con­test: cap­tain Lu­cas Zwaagstra and as­sis­tant cap­tain Lan­don Gareau.

Pho­tos courtesy Stanstead Col­lege

Tal­ented teams will face off in this week­end’s tour­na­ment.

Spar­tan cap­tain Lu­cas Zwaagstra scor­ing a goal ear­lier in the sea­son.

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