Gloucester Rangers wrap up impressive regular season campaign
say the Major Atom A Gloucester Rangers is a team on a
roll is an understatement. They've won their last six
games in a row and haven't lost in 22 games dating back
to Oct. 28 when they lost their only game of the season.
clinched the regular season championship three weeks ago
and are now enjoying a first round bye in the playoffs
thanks to their 25-1-4 record.
managed to score at a clip of nearly 3.5 goals per game
and allowed only one goal per game. Goalies Spencer Richard
and Kurtis Ikkers had a combined total of nine shutouts
in 30 games and Ikkers finished with a 0.88 goals against
Impressive stats to be sure but not as impressive as the
fact that they won 94 per cent of their games.
Kevin Graham says the team owes its success to the willingness
of their forwards to backcheck which severely limited
the other teams scoring chances.
kids have been amazing. To have 10-year-olds who not only
grasp the concept of backchecking, but can carry it out
is a blessing for a coach. Let's just say it's been a
pretty fun season so far," says Graham.
the team has a double threat in Riley Thompson and Nathan
Merrett who have scored 23 and 24 goals respectively,
but that doesn't mean they have other players who can
put the puck in the net. In fact, a total of 15 players
have scored at least one goal including all the forwards.
success of the A team is a good indication of how deep
the talent pool is among the 2002 age group in the Gloucester
Rangers' catchment area which includes Orleans, Blackburn
Hamlet, Gloucester Centre, Gloucester, Leitrim and Russell.
the regular season championship banner all ready in their
possession, the Rangers have their sights set squarely
on the Ontario East Minor Hockey League championship.
Graham and his assistants Marty Morelli, Mark
Baker and Troy Richard, will be doing their level best
to make sure their charges take each playoff series one
game at a time with the hope of emerging victorious when
the final whistle is blown.
Team roster: Evan Beaudoin, Justin Graham,
Luka Parlington, Jaden Tejero, Brady Morelli,
Cole Byrne,, Maverick Labrie, Tyler Vezina,
Owen Genier, Nathan Merrett, Jaden Tracey,
Jarrett Ladouceur, Maxime Lacroix, Riley Thompson,
Ryan Baker, Spencer Richard and Kurtis Ikkers.
Coach Kevin Graham, Ass't Coach Marty Morelli,
Ass't Coach Mark Baker, Ass't Coach Troy Richard,
Trainer Willie Tejero, Manager Steve Lacroix
and co-Manager Sylvie Genest.
7 p.m., Feb. 15)
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