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(Posted 5:30 a.m., March 28)
Gloucester Blackhawks fall to Stittsville Rams in Minor Atom RepB final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Blackhawks season came to a disappointing end on Friday after they suffered a 4-2 loss to the Stittsville Rams in Game 3 of the ODMHL Minor Atom RepB championship at the Earl Armstrong Arena.

The Blackhawks had been on a roll heading into the March Break having won the East Division championship in the minimum number of games. They then downed the Rams 4-1 in the opening game of the final before the obligatory March Break.

When the series resumed on Wednesday, the Rams had retooled their lineup by placing their top two players on the same line which made it difficult for the Blackhawks to contain both of them. The result was immediately evident on the score sheet as Ryan Horvath and Jonathan Poskus scored all four of the Rams goals in a 4-1 win.

While the pair didn't factor into the scoring early on in Game 3, Poskus did score the eventual game winner early in the third period. At the time the goal gave the Rams a 3-1 lead, but a goal late in the period by Declan Hilton would give the Blackhawks a chance to try and tie the contest with 1:53 left on the clock and force a game four in the first to four points series.

As the action unfolded on the ice, the Rams managed to hold the Blackhawks off until Horvath scored an empty net goal with 15 seconds left on the clock to clinch the championship for the Stittsville team.

Despite the loss, the Blackhawks can still look back on an incredibly successful season in which they made it to the finals of the Bell Capital Cup playing in the Minor Atom AA division.

They also won the regular season East Division championship and made it to the final of the ODMHL championship, something 12 other teams were unable to do.

"I'm very proud. The kids achieved a lot this year," said Blackhawks head coach Ron Castleman after the game. "I said to the guys before the game that if you had told me at the start of the season that we'd be playing in the finals I would have taken it."

Castleman was especially impressed by the level of composure possessed by the group of nine-year-olds.

"These kids are very skilled, but what's even better from a coaching aspect is that they are 17 really good kids, which says a lot about their parents. They're very disciplined, I mean look at the dressing room, they just lost a really tough game and they're totally composed," said Castleman.

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