Piper Hockey Plays Un­der­dog To Win Ban­tam Cham­pi­onship

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Robert Fisk, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Galt

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.”

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