Piper Hockey Plays Underdog To Win Bantam Championship
The Alexander Galt Bantam boys hockey team won the ETIAC play off championships by defeating the BCS Bears 7-5 in the finals on Wednesday afternoon at the new Molson Arena at Bishop’s University.
The young Pipers went into the play offs as the underdog, but pulled off two incredible upsets against the number one (Massey-Vanier) and two (BCS) ranked teams to claim the title for the second year in a row. In the first game the Pipers faced off against the regular season champions; the Massey-Vanier Vikings from Cowansville. The boys from Galt had not beaten the Vikings all year and things did not look good late in the second period as they trailed 2-0. However the Pipers scored two goals in the last minute ten seconds apart off the sticks of power forward Cedric Fauteux and right winger Braedon Harrison to tie the game 2-2.
Veteran defenseman Phil Arseneault converted a nice saucer pass from captain Justin Schoolcraft at 10:05 of the third period to give the Pipers a 3-2 lead. Veteran forward Will Andrews jammed home a rebound from defenseman Enrick Justras Plante a minute later to give the Pipers a two goal cushion.
The Vikings made it a one goal game with seven minute remaining as Ezekiel Boisvert finished off a nice passing play. Galt goalie Jordan Knapp made several big saves with the Viking net empty and Schoolcraft scored into the empty net to secure the victory and a trip to the championship game.
The Pipers played BCS in the final who had defeated Stanstead College 7-0 in their semi final earlier. Galt had not beaten BCS all year either, but they seemed determined when the puck dropped as Schoolcraft roofed a power play goal 5 minutes into the contest. Theo Espanol tied the game 4 minutes into the second period after he finished off a nice pass from Dave Tremblay. The Pipers bounced right back with three quick goals to take a 4-1 lead as Schoolcraft notched his second of the game with a nifty move on a break away while right winger Felix Antoine Dostie picked two corners just six seconds apart. BCS called time out to rally their troops and it seemed to
pay off as they scored two quick goals of their own 15 seconds apart off the sticks of Etienne Roy and Tremblay. Jeremie Roy complete the comeback for the Bears early in the third period to tie the game 4-4.
Andrews scored a power play goal with 6 minutes remaining to break the tie and then added some insurance a minute later after scoring on a scramble around the crease. Espanol brought the Bears back within a goal with four minutes remaining to make things interesting in the dying minutes, but Knapp kicked aside everything BCS threw at him in the final minutes and Schoolcraft sealed the championship into an empty net.
Coach Robbie Fisk said, “The hockey concentration program has really helped these kids develop their hockey skills and confidence as individuals.” Seven players will make the jump to the Senior team next year after winning back to back play off championships. Fisk said, “these kids are eager to learn and dedicated to getting better everyday on and off the ice. They worked hard and sacrificed a lot to win this and deserve it.”
ETIAC league winners: Galt junior boys.
Tournament MVP Gabriel Andrade Poulin.
The Junior Girls basketball team won the AAESQ Jeff
Dunn provincial basketball championships.
ETIAC league winners: Galt bantam boys.
ETIAC league winners: Galt senior girls.
ETIAC league winners: Galt junior girls.