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Major Midget RepB
Jr. Grads repeat as ODMHL Major Midget RepB champs
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Cumberland Jr. Grads celebrate after winning the ODMHL Major Mudget RepB championship on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


After taking four games to get past the Orleans Blues in the Major Midget RepB semi-finals, the Cumberland Jr. Grads took just two games to sweep past the Ottawa West Golden Knights to win the ODMHL championship.

The fourth seeded Jr. Grads pounded the seventh seeded Golden Knights 6-1 on home ice Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the first to four points final series.

Playing in a hostile envrironment at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena on Wednesday, the Jr. Grads jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Matthieu Gagne who was set up on the play by Keith Burns and Jordan Highley.

The Golden Knights would eventually tie the game at the 11:21 mark of the second period on a goal by Joey Motta who fired a shot from the high slot that managed to elude Jr. Grads goalie Jeremy Chubbs.

The score remained tied 1-1 until the 9:37 mark of the third period when Burns stayed with the puck and scored off his own rebound after Golden Knights goalie David Clouthier made the initial save.

Ottawa West took all of 29 seconds to re-tie the game on Motta's second goal of the game. Chubbs tried to clear the puck on the play by backhanding it along the boards behind the net when it was intercepted by Tommy Shabinsky whose quick shot grazed the post and sat in the crease for a split second before Motta pounced on it.

Just under two minutes later, Gagne would score his second of the night on a pass from Burns to give the Jr. Gtrads the lead for good. Lee McCann's empty net goal in the dying seconds would seal the fate of the Golden Knights and give Cumberland the ODMHL championship.

The line of Burns, Gagne and Highley accouted for three of the Jr. Grads four goals in a game that had very little flow to it thanks to a steady stream of players to the penalty box. Five minor infractions were called in each of the second and third periods. Whenever the two teams were at even strength, the play was often choppy and disjointed.

After the game, Jr. Grads head coach Mike Highley chocked up the sloppy play to an understanding by both teams of the importance of the game and what was at stake.

"The goals weren't pretty, but that's playoff hockey," said Highley. "I think both teams realized how much was at stake and it showed in how they played."

For many of the players who were on the Cumberland Barons Major Midget Rep B team last year it was their second championship in as many years.

Team roster: Keith Burns, Matthieu Gagne, Jordan Highlley, Benoit Tremblay, Jeremy Chubbs, Marc Berube, Pat Lajeunesse, Brian Upton, Lee McCann, Yanick Tremblay, Ben Harris, David Labelle, Kyle Aaron, Simon Roy, John Chaisson and Mattieu Gignac. Head Coach Mike Highley, Ass't Coach Louis Upton, Ass't Coach Jerry Chaisson, Manager Lloyd Chubbs and Trainer George Aaron.

(Posted 10:30 p.m., April 2)

 

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