Piper Hockey Crowned Etiac Play Off Cham­pi­ons

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS -

Piper Hunter Haskell was one of the team’s con­trib­u­tors to the ETIAC ti­tle, scor­ing the win­ning goal. their three-goal lead be­fore the pe­riod ended with three goals in two min­utes. Hunter Haskell, Nick Dubois and Mike Doucet paved the way.

Ducharme com­pleted his hat trick early in the third pe­riod to make things in­ter­est­ing, but Haskell ended the Spar­tan threat with four min­utes to go in the game and goalie Jor­dan Lis­ter kicked aside the 17 shots di­rected at him in the pe­riod.

Game two at the new Mol­son Arena at Bishop’s Univer­sity saw Stanstead score two goals seven min­utes into the con­test thanks to the in­di­vid­ual ef­forts of Stagg. The tal­ented cen­ter scored one on a wrap around and the sec­ond on a break away.

The boys from Galt got them­selves back into the game with two power play goals late in the first pe­riod to tie the game 2-2. Smith banged home a re­bound from de­fense­man Will Bre­ton for the first goal while Haskell drilled a slap shot past the Spar­tan net min­der with 14 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod. School­craft and Chute picked up as­sists on the play.

Haskell put Galt ahead at 10:32 of the sec­ond pe­riod when Doucet sent him in alone on a break­away and the slick skat­ing cen­ter put a back­hand in the top corner. The Pipers penalty killers sur­vived an of­fen­sive on­slaught from the Spar­tans in the fi­nal min­utes of the game with the goalie pulled, but Galt goalie Kevin Tardif made sev­eral in­cred­i­ble saves to pre­serve the win and Cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

As­sis­tant coach Dave Beaulieu said, “It was nice to see the kids buy into our iden­tity of be­ing tough to play against. They worked hard and sac­ri­ficed their bod­ies to win this and I am so proud of them.” The Pipers will grad­u­ate seven play­ers form this cham­pi­onship team while ten will re­turn.

Stanstead was pre­sented with the regular sea­son ban­ner for fin­ish­ing first as they only lost three games dur­ing the sea­son. This con­cludes an ex­cit­ing end to the ETIAC hockey sea­son as both teams put on a great dis­play of fast skat­ing and hard hit­ting high school hockey and great re­spect for one an­other.

Alexan­der Galt Se­nior Boys Hockey team mem­bers, The Pipers, were vis­i­bly, and un­der­stand­ably, proud of their East­ern Town­ships In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle, their first in five years.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

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