8:30 p.m., Jan. 3)
win second championship banner at Bell Capital Cup
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Rangers success at this year's Bell Capital
Cup carried into the final day of the prestigious tournament
on Saturday as three teams vied for a championship banner.
up was the Major Atom A squad which was playing up in
the AA division in attempting to repeat the success they
had in winning the Minor Atom AA championship last year.
Gloucester Rangers Ryan Milne bats the puck
out of the air during the Major Peewee AA
final at the Bell Capital Cup. Fred Sherwin/Photo
one of the most competitive and entertaining games of
the day, the Rangers faced the Voisins from Papineau,
Quebec in the final.
giving up the first two goals of the game, the Rangers
bounced back with a goal from Nico Romano early in the
second period to cut the Voisins lead in half.
by a goal to start the third, the plucky Rangers kept
working hard to tie the game and were finally rewarded
when Julian Powell scored with 3:26 left in the game.
with less than a minute to go, Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak, or
Q to his teammates, took a pass from Adam Viau and beat
Voisins goalie Nicko Beaudoin to give the Rangers their
first lead of the game. All they had to do was keep the
Voisins at bay for the remaining 36 seconds, a task that
would prove much easier said than done.
time winding down, Voisins wunderkind Justin Julien took
a pass along the boards, streaked in on Rangers goalie
Derrick Champagne and slipped it past him with 4.1 seconds
left on the clock.
then scored his fourth goal of the game and 16th of the
tournament 11 seconds into overtime to win the game for
the Quebec team.
coach Mike Branchaud, who's had the privilege of coaching
a team in the Bell Capital Cup finals in each of the last
three years, said his team had the Voisins right where
they wanted them with 18 seconds to go.
had the puck in deep with 18 seconds to go and then they
got it out to their man on the wing and the next thing
you know the game's tied," said Branchaud. "In
overtime we just got caught playing on our heels."
Peewee Rangers pull off the upset in AAA final
against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven in the Minor Peewee
AAA final, the Minor Peewee AA team was determined to
avenge their heartbreaking loss in last year's Major Atom
eliminating the Connecticut Oilers in the semi-finals,
the Rangers faced a Silver Seven team that is a perfect
19-0-0 in the Hockey Eastern Ontario league and were on
a five game winning streak heading into the final. In
those 24 games they had given up a total of 25 goals and
allowed three goals in a game only twice.
more ominous for the Rangers was the fact that the Silver
Seven were 3-0 against them in league play, winning their
last two meetings 10-2 and 7-0.
say that the Rangers were underdogs is a massive understatement.
But hope springs eternal, especially in the hearts of
11-year-olds, and all things are possible on the rink
Rangers got a huge confidence boost when Max Seguin gave
them a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
Silver Seven eventually tied the game on a shorthanded
effort early in the second, but the Rangers were able
to immediately respond with a power play goal by Will
Gerrior just 17 seconds later.
the Silver Seven tied the game yet again, the action settled
down through the middle part of the second stanza until
Zakary Lavoie reestablished the Rangers lead with a power
play goal at the 11:32 mark of the period. Less than two
minutes later James Reynolds would give the Rangers a
two goal lead with his second of the tournament.
4-2 to start the third, the Rangers capitalized on a Silver
Seven penalty early in the period to extend their lead
to 5-2. The goal scorer, Christian Berini, scored again
just 16 seconds later to give the Rangers a four goal
Silver Seven got one back at the 3:32 mark of the third,
but it was negated when Berini completed the natural hat
trick with his ninth goal of the tournament.
power play goal late in the game by Ottawa Valley would
make the final score 7-4 in favour of the underdogs from
Gloucester, who joined their Minor Atom A clubmates as
2015 Bell Capital Cup champions.
coach Fred Beauchemin chalked up the big win to his team's
ability to getting open ice, especially 8nbthe power play,
and capitalizing on their scoring chances.
difference between this game and the other times we played
them this year was our ability to score when had our chances,"
said Beauchemin. "We seemed to get more bounces and
we were able to finish."
Seven prove too much for Rangers in Major Peewee AA final
Rangers Major Peewee AA team was hoping to make it three
for four, but they were victimized by a Silver Seven team
that was determined not to have a repeat of the Minor
Silver Seven scored three unaswered goals in the first
and the two teams battled through a goalless second period
and much of the third before Ryan Milne finally got the
Rangers on the board with 3:24 left in the game.
insurance marker with just under two minutes to go provided
the icing on the cake for the OttawaxValley's 4-1 win.
Rangers success in the tournament with appearances in
Minor and Major Atom and Minor and Major Peewee finals
bodes well for an organization that is very much in the
ascendancy in competitive minor hockey.
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