Le Re­lais in train­ing

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor Les Rapi­des got in some home- ice ex­hi­bi­tion hockey ac­tion last Fri­day af­ter­noon, skat­ing at the Billy Geb­bie Arena in Alexan­dria against a squad from Le Som­met.

Le Re­lais, fresh off its tier II ti­tle in Prescott-Rus­sell league play, is me­thod­i­cally pre­par­ing for next month’s Tournoi Franco-On­tarien, which will be held in Mis­sis­sauga.

The an­nual hockey tour­na­ment for teams from the prov­ince’s French- lan­guage high schools is a maintstay of the sports cal­en­dar at Le Re­lais, whose teams have gar­nered a raft of medals un­der the lead­er­ship of head coach Do­minic De­coeur.

The March 6 con­test saw Les Rapi­des pre­vail 7-3.

Phil Veilleux car­ried the hot stick, scor­ing a hat trick. Dylan Seguin had four points (1 goal, 3 as­sists), as did Pierre- Luc Sabourin (4 as­sists). Mathieu Sabourin notched three points (1 goal, 2 as­sists).

Other point- get­ters were Bran­don Lau­zon (3A), Pas­cal The­o­ret (1G), Ni­cholas Dupuis (1G), and Kieran Devine (1A).

Both net­min­ders, Michaël Deguire and Ni­co­las Rousseau, saw ac­tion be­tween the pipes.

The Franco scor­ing sys­tem al­lots points for win­ning a game, win­ning a pe­riod, and play­ing the game with dis­ci­pline, all up to a max­i­mum of 15 points for a game.

Un­der this sys­tem, Les Rapi­des would have done quite well too. The only pe­riod the squad didn’t win was the sec­ond – they tied that. And they were flagged with just three mi­nor penal­ties. Le Re­lais would have earned 14 points.

Coach De­coeur notes that in past years the staff has stressed this with play­ers, but he says this time around they are fo­cus­ing on fun­da­men­tals and sim­ply win­ning games. The rest, he be­lieves, will take care of it­self. Of course, the key will be to re­main dis­ci­plined and stay out of the sin bin.

The squad is prac­tis­ing once a week through March and will step that up to twice in April.

Les Rapi­des will play an ex­hi­bi­tion game in Hawkes­bury and com­pete in the pre-Franco tour­na­ment, also in Hawkes­bury, on March 27.

This year’s Tournoi Fran­coOn­tarien is set for April 14-16.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the tour­na­ment, go on­line to http://tournoi­hock­eyfranco.wix. com/tournoifranco9-12

Les Rapi­des are the de­fend­ing gold medal­lists in the small schools di­vi­sion.

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