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Minor Peewee 'A' Rangers clinch first place banner with win over Silver Seven

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Minor Peewee 'A' Gloucester Rangers clinched the OEMHL regular season title on Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven. File photo

The Gloucester Rangers Minor Peewee 'A' team added another banner to their collection on Sunday, downing the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven 2-1 to clinch first place in the Ontario East Minor Hockey League.

The Rangers went into the game needing a win or a tie to clinch the regular season title. They looked to be heading for the former when Vincent Labelle brole up a 1-1 tie wiith his 17th goal of the season at the 9:48 mark of the third period.

With the win the Rangers moved eight points clear of Ottawa Valley. With only two games remaining in the regular season schedule, they can't be caught.

The team's next goal is the OEMHL championship. It would be the perfect ending to what has so far been a magical season. It started in September with a championship run in the Hillcrest Canadians Tournament. They would go on to win the Capital Fall Classic Tournament in October and then the Bell Capital Cup in late December.

A fifth banner would be the icing on the cake for the young team, several of whom won a pair of banners with the Rangers' Major Atom 'A' squad last year. That team only lost one game during the regular season and then rolled to the championship in eight games after earning a bye in the first round.

Brothers Simon and Vincent Labelle have the added incentive of wanting to win the championship banner that eluded them as members of the Major Atom 'AA' team last season.

After finishing just four points behind the Kanata Blazers in the regular season, the two teams met each other in the final series with the Blazers coming out on top in six games.

The brothers will be looking for a vastly different outcome when they lead the Minor Peewee 'A' Rangers into the playoffs later this month.

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