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Garneau completes sweep of Ashbury Colts to win A/AA hockey championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Garneau Gaulois pose with the championship trophy after downing the Asbury Colts 4-2 to sweep the A/AA final series two games to none. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Pay back is sweet. Just ask the Garneau High School hockey team. Two years ago, they were on the verge of winning the NCSSAA A/AA hockey championship when a third period collapse against the Ashbury Colts cost them the title.

On Monday, they found themselves in the same position against the very same Colts and they weren't going to make the same mistake twice. Up 3-1 with a period of hockey standing between them and the city championship, they stepped their game up and took care of business skating to a
4-2 win.

The hero of the game, as he has been since stepping in to replace starting netminder Brent Moran prior to the Gaulois' semi-final game against Louis-Riel, was Stephane Dumoulin.

The Rep B goalie shutout the Rebelles and then kept the Colts off the score sheet in a 1-0 overtime win in Game 1 of the beast-of-three final series. He was stellar again in Monday's final, never more so than late in the third period when he made a spectacular pad save on a backdoor play that would have narrowed the deficit to two with four minutes left.

The Colts eventually beat Dumoulin with 1:29 left in the game, but by then it was too little, too late and the Gaulois had their championship.

Alex Banville had a goal and two assists for the winning side. Alec Mackenzie had a goal and an assist and Devlin Brunet, the overtime hero in Game 1, and Mathieu Levigne had a one goal each.

But it was Dumoulin, who was called upon to replace Moran after Moran's competitive AAA team advanced to the OEMHL semi-finals, who was the ral difference maker.

The Colts were riding an 11 game unbeaten streak coming into the finals and had outscored their opponents 68-15. The Gaulois were 7-2-1 during the regular season with one of their losses coming against the Colts on Feb. 8.

Despite their underdog status heading into the finals, Garneau co-coach Jean-Marc Dupont was confident his team could win as long as they believed in each other and stuck to the game plan.

"We weren't intimidated because the guys believed in each other and they believed in the system and in the end it paid off. It's been a long time coming," said Dupont.

The Garneau Gaulois downed the Ashbury Colts 4-2 on Monday to sweep the NCSSAA A/AA hockey championship two games to none. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(Posted 7:30 a.m., March 6)

 

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