Ontario Wild clinch Minor Bantam AAA title
By Fred Sherwin
Eastern Ontario Wild wrapped up the Ontario East Minor
Hockey League AAA Minor Bantam playoff championship last
week with a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Jr. 67s.
victory gave the Wild the two points they needed to clinch
the first to seven point final series seven points to
Wild advanced to the final having knocked off the Ottawa
Senators seven points to three in the semifinals after
spotting the Sens a 3-1 lead after the first two games.
dropping the opening game against the Senators 3-2, the
Wild had to settle for a 2-2 tie in Game 2.
3 was a vastly different story as the Wild romped to a
lopsided 9-0 win to even the series at three points apiece.
4 was slightly more competitive, but the Wild still managed
to carry the day and take away the two points with a 3-1
result setting up an 11-0 whitewash in Game 5.
taking a two-week hiatus during the March Break, a refreshed
Wild side won the first two games of the final, 5-2 and
2-1, before the Jr. 67s managed to hold them to a 3-3
draw in Game 3.
4 was all Wild with Rocco Testa Basi and Dylan Peterson
scoring two goals each and Joe Vrbetic earning the shutout.
playoff championship capped a season in which the Wild
also won the regular season title with a record of 18-5-6
and the prestigious Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic tournament.
players on the 17 man roster were on the Major Peewee
AAA team that won the regular season and playoff championship
last season, including Cumberland Jr. Grads products Alex
Rossides and Chazka Bush, giving them four championship
banners in total in the past two seasons.
Wild draws its players from the Jr. Grads, the Eastern
Ontario Cobras and the Seaway Valley Rapids. Besides Rossides
and Bush, the Minor Bantam team also included Ryan Stansel,
who played on the Jr. Grads Major Peewee AA team
Eastern Ontario Wild Minor Bantam AAA team
recently won the OEMHL playoff championship
to go along with the regular season title
already in their possession.
their younger Wild brethren, the Major Bantam team was
also double champions this season, winning both the regular
season and post season titles.
also managed to pick up a bronze medal at the provincial
championships last week in Rockland.
lone Cumberland representative on the team was goaltender
Navan native posted a 1.50 goals against average in four
playoff appearances, and backstopped the team to a 2-0
shutout against the Ottawa Jr. 67s in the semifinals.
12:30 p.m., April 4)
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