10:30 a.m., Feb. 9)
Rangers White team clinches Major Bantam AA banner
By Fred Sherwin
what turned out to be the most competitive division in
the Ontario East Minor Hockey League, the Gloucester Rangers
White team has clinched the Major Bantam AA OEMHL regular
season banner thanks to a 3-1 over the Eastern Ontario
Cobras on Saturday.
one point separated the top three teams heading into the
final week. The Kanata Blazers occupied first place with
39 points, while the Rangers and Ottawa Sting sat one
point back in a tie for second.
Rangers, however, had a game in hand which they would
need to clinch the banner, but first they had to beat
Blazers which they did in convincing fashion, winning
7-3 last Wednesday.
win allowed them to leap frog Kanata into a tie for first
place with the Sting who had beaten Eastern Ontario the
job for the Rangers on Saturday was simple, beat or tie
the Cobras and finish in first place. A loss would have
relegated them to second with one fewer victory than the
getting off to a slow start in which they allowed the
Cobras to score the first goal, the Rangers answered back
with one in the first and two in the second to register
the 3-1 win.
Raponi de Roia got the Rangers on the board in the first
with his 17th goal of the season, and then Jamie Ryan
and Alex Robert scored just over a minute apart in the
second to seal the deal. It was Ryan's ninth goal of the
season and Robert's 17th.
Rangers won't have much time to enjoy their accomplishment.
They start their quest for a post season championship
on Tuesday when they face the eighth place Rideau St.
Lawrence Kings in the opening round of the playoffs.
Team roster: Alex Robert, Michael Heckbert, Luigi
Peloso, Quentin Jolly, Marc Brosseau, Martin Lavigne,
Quinn McGillis, Nicholas Raponi De Roia, Jamie Ryan,
Maxwell Renic, Martin Laframboise, Noah Simpson,
Samuel Stewart, Greg Love, Jack Lutzko, Ryan Whitehurst
and Jonathan Labbe..
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