Big win for Bor­ders Jets see

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From out­house to pen­t­house, the Atom A Bor­der Jets used a team game and a never give up at­ti­tude to win the Coat­i­cook Pro­vin­cial Atom A Hockey Tour­na­ment over the week­end. It was only a cou­ple of years ago that this team would have made a quiet exit from this or any tour­na­ment. The chem­istry and ef­fort of this team is what led them to vic­tory.

It started with a late night come from be­hind vic­tory against a hun­gry Club Piscine team. In the game, the Jets saw a third pe­riod 2-1 lead turn into a 3-2 deficit with a snap of the fin­gers. Af­ter the 30 se­cond time out, the Jets re­fo­cused and came home with a 4-3 win.

Next up on Fri­day was a matchup with a much im­proved Sharks from East An­gus team. Each team had their chances but both goal­tenders came up big re­peat­edly. In the end an empty net goal helped the Jets come away with a 2-0 vic­tory. The Jets, with a his­tory of giv­ing up sev­eral quick 3rd pe­riod goals com­ing out of the dress­ing room, de­cided to try some­thing new. They watched the Zam­boni flood the ice from the bench. The idea worked and the jinx was over!

Next up was a game against the Al­lies de Mont­magny who on pa­per was prob­a­bly the fa­vorite in the tour­na­ment af­ter win­ning their first three games by a com­bined score of 17-1. The Jets cap­i­tal­ized on their scor­ing chances and played stel­lar de­fence to win the game by a score of 6-2. When the fi­nal buzzer sounded and the play­ers col­lected their choco­late milk in the dress­ing room, re­al­ity set in that they had just beaten a re­ally good team and they were headed to the fi­nals. The kids fi­nally be­lieved they could beat any­one. Af­ter a re­lax­ing team meal, at least for the kids, the team headed back to the rink with a Cham­pi­onship on their mind. In their way was a well-known and re­spected team from Coat­i­cook. The home­town Frontal­iers had also played re­ally well reach­ing the fi­nals and wanted badly to win on their home rink. The first pe­riod was back and forth with the Jets lead­ing 2-1 af­ter one. The speed of the Jets took over the game in the se­cond pe­riod and with one pe­riod to play, it was 6-2. Af­ter a quick snack of or­ange slices on the bench for a third game in a row, the Jets fin­ished the tour­na­ment with a 7-3 vic­tory. For 9 of the 10 play­ers, it was their first hockey tour­na­ment vic­tory of their lives.

Through­out the tour­na­ment, the kids gave max­i­mum ef­fort and played as a team. The ex­cite­ment and joy of win­ning their first tour­na­ment as a group is some­thing the team will not soon for­get. For­got­ten in their minds are the dou­ble-digit losses just a short time ago. Now th­ese 9 and 10 year olds can't wait for the up­com­ing Drum­mondville tour­na­ment and play­offs.

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Cel­e­brat­ing their big Coat­i­cook tour­na­ment win were (back L. to r.): Coach­ing Staff Pa­trick Bonin, Chris Dezan, Jonathan Dupuis and Jack Gustin. The play­ers stand­ing (l. to r.) are: Brady Blake, Sarah Lo­gan, and Brit­ney Cham­ber­lain. Play­ers in the middle row (l. to r.) are: Jay­den Bonin, Félix Dupuis, Lo­gan Gustin and Link Rolfe, and in the bot­tom row (l. to r.): Con­lon St-John, Alex Roy, and Jay­den Dezan.

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