Big win for Borders Jets see
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.