‘A stel­lar sea­son’

Hor­ton crowned Val­ley Hockey League champs af­ter win over West Kings

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The Hor­ton Griffins boys’ team have been crowned the Val­ley High School League cham­pi­ons.

The team brought it home with a 10- 4 vic­tory over the West Kings Wolver­ines. Coach Jeff Moore and the play­ers on the bench cheered as the fi­nal sec­onds ticked off the clock.

Dean Vial’s game was off the charts, scor­ing an im­pres­sive three of his team’s goals, earn­ing him a hat trick. Chris Landry scored two goals, while Caleb Ho­gan, Daw­son McPhail, Zach Moore, Hunter Wood­land and Kyle Corbin each scored one.

Moore said his play­ers should be proud of them­selves.

“The lead play­ers stepped up and took the mo­men­tum. That’s what we wanted,” he said.

The team had a game record of 18-1-1 be­fore the cham­pi­onship, and was feel­ing con­fi­dent go­ing into the game, but still didn’t count on a sure-fire win.

“Sports are un­pre­dictable. We’ve had a stel­lar sea­son, but we would never hit the ice as­sum­ing we’re go­ing to win,” said Moore. The grad­u­at­ing play­ers are, from left, front row: as­sis­tant cap­tain Noah Bar­rett, Chris Landry, Hunter Wood­land, as­sis­tant cap­tain Iain Dun­can, Caleb Ho­gan, Dean Vial, cap­tain Cal­lum Pardy and Bran­den Schofield; back row: Zach Moore and as­sis­tant cap­tain Daw­son McPhail. The Hor­ton Griffins were re­cently named the league cham­pi­ons.

Spencer Breckon, Owen St. Ni­co­laas, Dex­ter Newell and Ri­ley Cook each scored a goal for West

Kings. Coach Clarke Oliver said de­spite some ups and downs in the form of play­ers’ in­juries, the team has had a solid sea­son and is still feel­ing good with re­gion­als com­ing up de­spite the day’s loss.

“Hor­ton’s got a solid team. But we didn’t want to quit and wanted to play out the whole game, and we did that. I’m pretty happy with the out­come,” he said.

“Over­all our sea­son has been a solid one, from start to fin­ish. These are a great group of kids.”

Hor­ton won its first match against Park View, clinch­ing a nar­row 3-2 vic­tory af­ter a tight

game. Lead­ing 2- 0 into the sec­ond pe­riod, Hor­ton had a solid grip on the lead un­til Park View made a come­back, scor­ing its sec­ond goal with over nine min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond.

Less than 15 sec­onds later, Hor­ton scored the game win­ning goal.

Two of the team’s three goals were scored by Dean Vial, and the third by Blake Dea­con, the team’s lead­ing scor­ers.

Coach Jeff Moore said the game was a great one, and was clearly hard-fought on both sides.

“Bat­tles were won in both cor­ners by both teams. It was a dog fight ‘til the end, and ev­ery player stepped up,” he said.

Team player Cal­lum Pardy agreed, say­ing the match ups have been close ones.

“This was one of the best teams in our league,” he said.

“It was close, but this game we re­ally stepped it up. We were get­ting first to the puck, bat­tling hard, which is nice to see. All three lines were go­ing hard, and every­one gave it their all.”

Re­gion­als were set to be­gin in Wind­sor March 2, with the two win­ning teams head­ing to provin­cials af­ter March Break.

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Noah Bar­rett moves the puck up the ice as Ma­son Sawler at­tempts to in­ter­cept it

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