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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
Minor Atom Jr. Grads ring in the New Year with Bell Capital Cup
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Jr. Grads Minor Atom 'B' team continued their success in tournament play this season by adding the Bell Capital Cup Minor Atom 'A' title to their impressive resume on Friday.

Playing up a division, the Jr. Grads were the class of the field going a perfect 7-0-0 with a goals for and against differential of +31.

It took them the better part of the first period to get on the scoreboard against the Whitby Wildcats, who were also undefeated heading into the final. Daniel Anthony's goal at the 11:25 mark of the opening stanza was only a foreshadowing of what was to come.

The Wildcats managed to keep the Jr. Grads at bay until the 12:34 mark of the second period when Zachary Brunet banged home a rebound off a shot from Alexy Thibault.

One minute later, Benjamin Cormier took a lead pass from Cohen George and scored on a breakaway to give the Jr. Grads a 3-0 lead.

Cumberland's fourth goal was scored at the 8:23 mark of the third period by Tristan Johnson who stole the puck in the neutral zone and raced in all alone on the Whitby netminder.

Deftly moving the puck from his forehand to his backhand and then back to his forehand, Johnson rifled the puck past the goalie's outstretched trapper.

The Jr. Grads would add two more goals by Thibault and Johnson in the third period for the decisive 6-0 win.

Jr. Grads head coach Stephen George said his team was slightly awed by their surroundings to start the game.

"Playing at the CTC on the same ice as the Senators was a little overwhelming and it showed in the first period," said George. "but once we got our legs under ourselves and started to play with more drive things turned in our favour."

Ryan Allard was named the Jr. Grads hardest worker of the game, while Cormier and Brunet were awarded the game's third and first stars respectively.

Honourable mention should also be given to Lucas Bremner and Cole King who made several difficult saves in combining for the Jr, Grads third shutout of the tournament.

Cormier ended the tournament with nine goals in six games, while Brunet, Johnson, Anthony, Thibault and Nicolas Chartrand each scored five times.

The Bell Capital Cup is the Jr. Grads' fourth tournament title this season. They previously won the Muskrat Major Atom Tournament, the Whitby Edge Again Cup, and the Toronto Wolverines Minor Atom Tournament, while placing second in the Capital Volunteer Cup tournament.

"To say this year has been a blessing is an understatement," says George. "I've been involved in hockey a long, long time and Ive never coached a team with as much drive as these guys. It's a privilege to be able to coach such a great group of kids."

With the biggest tournament of the season now behind them, the Jr. Grads can now focus on the regular season and a possible run at the league championship. They currently trail the Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs by four points with three games in hand.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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