completes sweep of Ashbury Colts to win A/AA hockey championship
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
7:30 a.m., March 6)
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