Jr. Grads repeat
as ODMHL Major Midget RepB champs
By Fred Sherwin
of the Cumberland Jr. Grads celebrate after winning the ODMHL Major Mudget
RepB championship on Wednesday.
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
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.
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.
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.
p.m., April 2)
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