5:30 p.m., Jan. 2)
defend Bell Capital Cup Minor Atom AA title
By Fred Sherwin
the second year in a row, a Gloucester Rangers team has
won the Minor Atom AA championship at the Bell Capital
Rangers Minor Atom White team managed to accomplish that
unique feat with a 1-0 win over the Toronto Eagles at
the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.
Rangers went into the final sporting a 4-0-1 record, including
a 3-1 win over the Eagles in the round robin portion of
the tournament. After losing to the Rangers, the Eagles
won their next two games to set up Friday's rematch.
Gloucester Rangers Minor Atom White team pose
with the championship trophy and banner after
winning the Bell Capital Cup Minor Atom AA
final on Friday. Photo supplied
Rangers generated the lion's share of the scoring chances
through the first two periods, while limiting the Eagles
to very little. On the one opportunity they did get with
3:49 left to go in the second, Rangers goalie Kian Hodgens
stood his ground and made the save.
Rangers goal came at the 8:41 mark of the first period.
Dylan Mitchell's initial shot somehow squeaked through
the pads of Eagles' netminder Joshua Bullock. The puck
came to rest just inches from the goal line where a quick-thinking
Adrien Mitchell managed to tap it into the open net.
got a little intense for the Rangers late in the third
period when Xavier Beauchamp was sent off for hooking
with 2:24 left to go. Despite playing a man down, they
managed to keep the Eagles at bay and held on for the
the game, Rangers head coach Chris Glover said he had
every confidence his team would be able to hold on for
the win, even though his hair might have gotten a shade
had our ups and downs this year and a lot of bad luck,
but we've really worked hard on being responsible defensively,
so I was less worried in the final two minutes than I
might have been earlier in the year," said Glover.
the four tournaments the Rangers have played in this season,
it's the one they wanted to win the most.
setting up the game-winning goal, Dylan Mitchell was also
named the Rangers' hardest working player, while Hodgens
was named the game's first star for his stellar performance
Rangers only allowed three goals in the tournament, while
scoring a division leading 22 times. Hodgens posted back-to-back
shutouts in the two games he played, and fellow netminder
Cohen Lesperance-Spack had a pair of shutouts in the four
games he started.
Sam Glover scored six of the Rangers' goals in the tournament;
while Nathan Villeneuve scored four times, and Dylan Mitchell
added three of his own.
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