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HEO Minor Hockey
Gloucester Rangers win four Hockey East Ontario playoff banners
By Fred Sherwin

The Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association have four more banners to hang from the rafters after four GMHA teams won their respective playoff championship finals to wrap up their season.

The Rangers Major Atom A squad managed to down the Nepean Raiders seven points to five in their first to seven point series. After falling behind 5-3, the Rangers had to win their final two games to pick up the seven points they needed to claim their post season banner.

Members of the Gloucester Rangers Major Atom A team celebrate after clinching the HEO playoff championship. Fred Sherwin Photo

One of the keys to the team’s success was their ability to spread out their scoring throughout their lineup. No fewer than 12 players scored at least one goal in the playoffs, and only four players scored more than two. Noah Watson and call-up Kieran Devin, scored two each; Adrien Mitchell, Ian Anantram and Colin Perrier had three apiece; and Skylar Beks scored five times.

The Rangers went into the playoffs as the number three seed after finishing in third place in the Hockey East Ontario regular season.

They beat the Kanata Blazers in three straight in the first round of the playoffs, and then did the same thing against the number two seed Ottawa Sting in the semi-finals.

Not wanting to let their younger clubmates show them up, the Rangers Minor A and AA Peewee teams also won their respective division banners.

The Minor ‘A’ final between the Rangers and the Raiders, had to be decided in a sixth and deciding game after the two teams won a game apiece and tied three times.

The championship came down to a nerve-wracking final few seconds. After George Carson scored to give Gloucester the lead with a minute left to go in the game, the Rangers held on to claim the series win.

The Minor Peewee AA final was nowhere near as dramatic as the Peewee A final, or the Major Atom series.

The AA Rangers went 10-0 in running the table in the playoffs, including a four game sweep against the Cumberland Jr. Grads in the first to eight point final.

Christopher Barlas led the way in scoring for the Rangers, most of whom were on last year’s major atom championship team. Barlas scored 11 times and added six assists in 10 playoff games.

The team will hang their playoff banner beside the regular season flag they won after finishing at the top of the table with a record of 23-6-1.

Major Bantam AA

The Rangers’ fourth playoff banner was won by the Major Bantam AA team, which downed the regular season champion Rideau St. Lawrence Kings in four games.

After winning the series opener 4-3, they took the next two games by identical 3-1 scores.

In the series clinching game, Seth Gillingham scored three of his playoff-leading 10 goals and assisted on a fourth marker by Nicolas Corry. Ryan Baker, and Riley Thompson scored the team’s other two goals in a convincing 6-1 win.

Members of the Gloucester Rangers Major Bantam AA team celebrate after clinching the HEO playoff championship. Fred Sherwin Photo

(Posted 9:30 a.m., April 12)


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