Minor atom Rapids build on success
The Seaway Valley Rapids minor atom hockey team didn’t rest on its laurels after winning the Liftlock Tournament, building upon that success with strong efforts in league play.
The team resumed regular-season action on Jan. 15 against the Ottawa Silver Seven (Black) in a game presented by P& B Electric. Fresh off the tourney triumph, the Rapids iced a strong effort, skating to a 5-1 victory. Contributing for the Rapids were Carey Terrance Jr. with a hat trick, Jett Jock, Marco McCarthy, and Ben Pilon.
Next, the Seaway boys faced the top- ranked Gloucester Rangers (White) team, which halted their winning streak, in a 6-3 loss. The contest was tied 3-3 going into the third period, where the Rangers overpowered the Rapids with three unanswered goals. Carson Martin, McCarthy, and Jonah Ashby were the Seaway marksmen.
The Rapids rebounded with a 3-1 win in their following outing, getting past the surging Nepean Raiders in a game presented by AXXIS Optical. The Raiders were first on the board, but Terrance, who took a pass from Jimmy Sullivan, quickly tied it up. In the second period, Terrance got the go-ahead marker from Ethan Montroy. Martin later added an empty-netter to round out the scoring.
With only four games remaining in the regular season and with second place in league standings up for grabs, Seaway Valley took to the ice on Jan. 24 for a match with the Cumberland Grads, presented by Pro Oil Change.
After a solid opening period, the Rapids were leading 1-0 on a goal from Braxton D’alessio. The team was unable to retain the advantage, though, as the Grads dominated the second stanza with a four spot. Terrance potted a late tally, as Seaway fell 4-2.
The Rapids hoped for redemption two days later when
they faced off with the against the Kanata
Blazers, but unfortunately for the team it wasn’t to be, as Seaway fell short, 4-3. The Blazers were leading 2-1 at the end of the first frame, with the Rapids’ lone goal notched by Jock, off a feed from Josh Esford. With Kanata up 3-1 in the second, Montroy scored unassisted
to try to give his team a spark, but the Blazers replied early in the third, and the Rapids just weren’t able to recover. Terrance tagged Seaway’s final goal, assisted by McCarthy, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Blazers.
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