Ban­tam Rapids tri­umph at tour­na­ment

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - Files from Les­lie-Anne Lau­zon

Se­away Val­ley’s mi­nor ban­tam ‘AA’ hockey team is this year’s Kanata Cap­i­tal Win­ter Clas­sic cham­pion. The Rapids, un­der the guid­ance of head coach Marc Sauve, were vic­to­ri­ous in the 10-team tour­na­ment, con­clud­ing a very suc­cess­ful se­ries of events through the win­ter, that in­cluded fin­ish­ing as fi­nal­ists in the Kawartha ‘AA’ tour­ney, semi­fi­nal­ists in the Sco­tia Cup, and the cham­pi­onship of the Paul Cof­fey In­vi­ta­tional.

At the Kanata tour­na­ment, Se­away opened with a 3-1 vic­tory over the Ne­pean Raiders. Goal­tender Mathew Villeneuve back­stopped the win, while net­ting goals were Ry­lan Iwach­niuk and Shane Gau­dreau. Jack In­gram, Jus­tice Brown­lee, and Ben Pineault were cred­ited with as­sists.

It was league ri­val East­ern On­tario Co­bras that handed the Rapids their only loss on the road to the cham­pi­onship, as SVR came out on the short side of a 3-2 de­ci­sion in game two.

An­drew Dixon, as­sisted by Gaudeau, scored in the first pe­riod, and the Co­bras took the lead in the se­cond stanza with a pair of power-play mark­ers.

Pineault rounded out the Se­away scor­ing in the third.

Up next were the Nickel City Ju­nior Sons. SVR dom­i­nated the con­test, se­cur­ing a 6-1 win, with Villeneuve be­tween the pipes.

Jamieson Miles and Gra­ham Robert­son scored for the Rapids in the first pe­riod, with Nathaniel Faubert as­sist­ing.

Robert­son, Dixon, Iwach­inuk, and In­gram also chalked up goals in the game, while ad­di­tional ap­ples went to Pineault and Ri­ley MacDon­ald.

Net­min­der Danik Martin got the late-evening as­sign­ment for the last round-robin game, where Se­away took on the Ottawa Sting. The Rapids needed a tie or a win to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nal stage.

It was a fast-paced, hard-hit­ting con­test, that fin­ished up a 1-1 draw, with SVR’s lone tally notched by Faubert in the se­cond pe­riod. Earn­ing as­sists were MacDon­ald and Robert­son.

An early-morn­ing semi had the Rapids fac­ing the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings, with Martin back­stop­ping a 3-2 win.

Iwach­niuk scored the first goal in the open­ing frame, as­sisted by Pineault and Dixon. Alex Oakes found the back of the net in the se­cond pe­riod, at the time ty­ing the con­test 2-2.

Se­away’s game-win­ner came in the third, when Dixon notched a short-handed tally to send the Rapids on to the gold medal game.

The tour­na­ment ti­tle would be de­cided in the fi­nal match be­tween Se­away Val­ley and the Whitby Wild­cats, with the Rapids skat­ing to a 3-1 win.

Villeneuve was in net for this one, with team­mates Faubert, In­gram, and Dixon scor­ing at the other end of the ice. Lau­zon, MacDon­ald, and Iwach­niuk were cred­ited with as­sists.

The SV Rapids con­tinue reg­u­lar-sea­son play in the East­ern On­tario ‘AA’ Mi­nor Hockey League, where the squad sits in se­cond place of 11 teams.

The 18-9-2 Rapids are next sched­uled to skate against the 15-8-5 Glouces­ter Rangers on Fri­day, Feb. 5, in Corn­wall.

Robert­son cur­rently leads the team in goals, with 18, while MacDon­ald is tops in points, with 39.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

ON THE ICE: Mac McRae, 11, and his younger brother, Alas­tair, 9, prac­tise their hockey skills at the Bainsville out­door rink, en­joy­ing ideal af­ter­noon con­di­tions.

SEAN BRAY PHO­TOS

North Glen­garry’s flag foot­ball pro­gram opened last week­end at the dome in Alexan­dria, with youth games, as seen here, on Satur­day af­ter­noon. In photo at left, Danika Lav­i­gne stretches for a ball just out of her reach, in the cor­ner of the end zone. At...

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