Franco sil­ver for les Rapi­des

The Glengarry News - - Sports -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor A week after their high school coun­ter­parts skated to an On­tario sil­ver medal, the in­ter­me­di­ate (Grades 7 and 8) hockey team from École sec­ondaire catholique le Re­lais fol­lowed suit, ic­ing a run­ner-up re­sult in the ‘AA’ di­vi­sion of the Tournoi Franco-On­tarien, held April 24 through 26, in Ottawa.

Les Rapi­des were un­beaten through to Fri­day’s cham­pi­onship match, where they faced off with the top-ranked École sec­ondaire Hanmer (from north­ern On­tario) squad, the only other group that had yet to lose.

Le Re­lais bat­tled from be­hind, clos­ing the gap to 4-3 with 27 sec­onds re­main­ing, but couldn’t find the equal­izer be­fore the buzzer sealed the sil­ver-medal re­sult.

“Toute une dé­mon­stra­tion de déter­mi­na­tion!”

Coach Marc Séguin says it “was a good game with back-and-forth in­tense hockey.”

On the three-day com­pe­ti­tion, he adds that his group of young­sters was en­gaged in the team con­cept through­out the event, in­clud­ing at off-ice ac­tiv­i­ties, such as din­ing at restau­rants, where the kids were praised for their great be­hav­iour.

He notes that his ros­ter, just like those from other schools, in­cludes play­ers of all cal­i­bres, from ‘AAA’ teams to house league.

“Some­times you are ask­ing kids to do things they haven't done be­fore, and they are learn­ing on the fly. [It is a] re­ally fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for play­ers and coaches.”

To reach the gold-medal game, les Rapi­des pre­vailed over Plan­ta­genet in semi­fi­nal ac­tion, 1-0, earn­ing 13 Franco points.

Franco hockey uses a points sys­tem, where points are awarded for pe­ri­ods and games won, and de­ducted for tak­ing penal­ties over a set limit.

The team earned a bye through the quar­ter-fi­nal round, as the sec­ond over­all seed, fol­low­ing round-robin play, where le Re­lais earned 52.5 Franco points to 57 for first-place Hanmer.

Open­ing the event on April 24, les Rapi­des skated to a 5-3 win over le Som­met (13 Franco points) and a 2-1 vic­tory against Franco-Cité #2 (13 Franco points)

Day two saw the squad top Sa­muel-Gen­est 7-1 (15 Franco points) and tie l’Es­cale 4-4 (11.5 Franco points).

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