Piper Hockey Crowned Etiac Play Off Champions
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.