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(Posted 8:30 p.m., Jan. 3)
Rangers win second championship banner at Bell Capital Cup
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

First 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.

The 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

In one of the most competitive and entertaining games of the day, the Rangers faced the Voisins from Papineau, Quebec in the final.

Despite 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.

Trailing 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.

Then, 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.

With 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.

Julien 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.

Rangers 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.

"We 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."

Minor Peewee Rangers pull off the upset in AAA final

Playing 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 AAA finale.

After 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.

Even 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.

To 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 of dreams.

The Rangers got a huge confidence boost when Max Seguin gave them a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

The 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.

After 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.

Up 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 cushion.

The 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.

A 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.

Head 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.

"The 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."

Silver Seven prove too much for Rangers in Major Peewee AA final

The 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 Peewee final.

The 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.

An insurance marker with just under two minutes to go provided the icing on the cake for the OttawaxValley's 4-1 win.

The 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.

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


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