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HEO Minor Hockey
Minor Peewee AA Rangers complete championship sweep
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

The Gloucester Rangers Minor Peewee AA team are once again Hockey East Ontario (HEO) champions after downing the Cumberland Jr. Grads in four straight games to win their first to seven point series 8-0.

The result was a repeat of what transpired last year when the Rangers beat the Jr. Grads seven points to three to win the Major Atom AA championship.

The Minor Peewee ‘AA’ Gloucester Rangers pose with the HEO championship banner after defeating the Cumberland Jr. Grads in the finals. Photo supplied

Unlike last year, when the Rangers lost three games on the way to the championship, this year’s squad ran the table, winning all 10 of their post season match-ups as the number one seed.

Leading the way on offence was Christopher Barlas with 11 goals and 17 points, including a pair of goals and two assists in the series finale on March 24 which the Rangers won 7-1.

Adam Cavallin scored nine goals in nine games during the playoffs, and Matthew Buckley and Owen Outwater added six and five goals respectively.
Matthew Saari was in net for eight of the 10 wins, posting a 1.75 goals against average, while Owen Willgos backstopped the team to their other two victories.

The Rangers road to the HEO post season championship began on Feb. 8
with a 7-1 win over the Ottawa Silver Seven. They won the first to five point series in three games straight, outscoring their opponents 21-5.
They went on to eliminate the Ottawa Sting in three straight games in the semifinals, but with a much tighter goal differential, outscoring the Sting 12-6.

They beat the Jr. Grads 5-1 and 3-1 in the first to games to start the finals before taking a week off for the March Break. When the two teams returned to the ice for Game 3 on March 22, the Rangers didn’t skip a beat in posting a 5-2 win over their east end rivals.

The Rangers will add the post season championship banner to the regular season flag they won for finishing first overall in their division. The Rangers finished seven points clear of the Nepean Raiders with a record of 23-1-1. They also won the Bell Capital Cup competing in the Minor Peewee AAA division.

Head coach Carl Cameron chalks up the team’s success to a combination of natural born ability and a willingness to buy into the team concept.

“We have a lot of individual talent on the team, but it was convincing them to buy into the team concept that was the real key,” says Cameron, “especially when we had a lot of kids out with the flu. This was the worse season I’ve ever seen for the flu. At one point we had five kids out of the line-up at the same time.”

Besides a talented group of players, Cameron was also blessed with a great
group of assistants and tremendously supportive parents.

“They’re the ones who should get the lion’s share of the credit. I was very fortunate to have them and so were the kids,” says Cameron.

(Posted 1 p.m., March 28)

 

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