Atom AA Rangers add playoff banner to regular season flag
By Fred Sherwin
Major Atom AA Rangers became the first Gloucester team
to win an Ontario East Minor Hockey League championship
this season after downing the Cumberland Jr. Grads 8-4
at the Richcraft Sensplex on Saturday.
win gave the Rangers the necessary points they needed
to win the first to seven point series 7-3.
regular season champions and number one seed went into
the game having taken five of the last six points up for
Gloucester Rangers' Christopher Barlas celebrates
after scoring his team's fourth goal in an
8-4 win over the Cumberland Jr. Grads on Saturday.
losing the series opener 2-0, and having to settle for
4-4 tie in Game 2 prior to the March Break, the Rangers
returned from the two-week layoff determined to turn the
series around. The result was a convincing 8-2 win on
Tuesday, followed by a much more competitive 4-3 victory
Saturday, the Jr. Grads were just as determined to either
win or tie the game and force the series to Game 6 back
looked to be going Cumberland's way when Justin Knight
scored the opening goal less than two minutes into the
first period to give the Jr. Grads the early 1-0 lead.
also dodged a couple of bullets, killing off 5-on-3 for
two minutes and a second Gloucester power play just two
minutes after that. At the end of the first period the
score remained 1-0 in favour of the Jr. Grads.
lead didn't hold up for long, however, thanks to Matthew
Buckley who scored a pair of goals just 26 seconds apart
in the opening minute of the second period to set the
Rangers on their way.
would add two more unanswered goals by Dylan Paron and
Christopher Barlas in the second period to extend their
lead to 4-1 before Daylen Moses managed to get one back
for Cumberland before the intermission.
scored again at the 1:48 mark of the third to pull the
Jr. Grads to within one, but that would be as close as
they would get. The two teams exchanged goals before the
six minute mark -- the first by Ranger forward Justin
Clouthier with Cumberland's response coming from Noah
Mcdonell -- to make the score 5-4, and then Gloucester
put the game away with three unanswered goals by Ethan
Ross, Barlas and Adam Cavallin to start the celebration.
head coach Mike Paron was understandably of his group
of 10-year-olds who only lost two games in going 26-2-2
during the regular season, and were 9-3-1 in the playoffs
with a plus 29 goal differential.
been a great season. The kids worked really hard. They
bought into the program from day one. They're very selfless,
and I'm just very proud of them right now," said
Paron, before joining his charges for the team photo.
Rangers scored 67 goals in 13 playoff games, led by Owen
Outwater who had eight goals and 17 assists during their
playoff run. Matthew Buckley finished with seven goals
and 16 assists, and Justin Clouthier had nine goals and
fewer than 13 players among the 15 skaters on the team
scored at least one goal during the playoffs, including
Lucas Veilleux who scored 11 times.
Willgos was in net for five of the team's nine playoff
wins and posted a respectable 2.14 GAA. Matthew Saari
was between the pipes for the other four wins including
Saturday's series clincher.
other Gloucester Ranger teams are still in the running
for a post season banner. The Major Atom A squad is up
6-4 in their first to seven point final series with the
Nepean Raiders, and the Novice A final between the Rangers
team and the Kanata Blazers is tied at six points apiece.
other teams are facing an uphill battle if they want to
bring home a flag. The Major Peewee AA Rangers and the
Midget AA squad are both on the brink of elimination,
down two points to six.
roster: Matthew Saari, Owen Willgos, Noah
Jones, Sean Beaudoin, Justin Cloutier, Tanner
Fennell, Matthew Buckley, Danik Marion, Malcolm
Robertson, Dylan Paron, Lucas Veilleux, Owen
Outwater Jakob MacRae, Tristan Caldwell, Ethan
Ross, Adam Cavallin and Christopher Barlas.
Head coach Mike Paron. Ass't coaches Yves
Cloutier, Dave Robertson and Mel Caldwell.
Manager Kerry Buckley. Trainer Mitch Veilleux.
5:30 p.m., March 26)
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