10 p.m., March 27)
Peewee 'A' Rangers add post season title to their list
By Fred Sherwin
Minor Peewee 'A' Gloucester Rangers left no doubt they
were the class of their division this season, sweeping
all seven of their playoff games to add the OEMHL playoff
banner to the league championship they already won for
finishing the regular season in first place.
top-seeded Rangers blew past the fourth seed Nepean Raiders
in the first to five point semi-final series, with wins
of 2-0, 5-1 and 6-2. They then faced the third seed Kanata
Blazers, and while the games were a lot closer the result
was the same. The Rangers put together wins of 4-3, 4-2,
3-1 and 3-0 to sweep the first to seven point series.
Labelle led the way on the score sheet for the Rangers
with six goals and 10 assists, while his twin brother
Vincent had nine points with five goals and four assists.
fewer than 10 players scored at least one goal during
the playoff run in a demonstration of the type of balanced
scoring that helped them amass a regular season record
coach Kevin Graham credited the team's success to individual
skill, a tremendous work ethic and a level of hickey intelligence
that belied their years and their status as a Tier 2 'A'
give you an example of what this group was capable of,
we taught our defencemen to regroup in their own end and
the neutral zone which is very rare at this level. It
was one of the reasons why we were so successful. Puck
control was a very big part of our game," said Graham.
team's overall record for the season, including tournaments,
was 57-7-4. Besides winning the OEMHL league and playoff
banners, the Rangers also won three tournaments including
the prestigious Bell Capital Cup.
motto coming into the season was hard work pays off and
if you work hard good things going to happen," said
Graham. "Our other phrase was 'Never give up'. Never
give up on your team, never give up on yourselves and
never give up on the game."
two-thirds of the players on the team this is the second
year in a row that they managed to win both the regular
season and playoff banners. Last year they lost just three
games on their way to the Major Atom A championship.
still can't believe his good fortune in being able to
coach such a talented group of kids for the past two years.
knew the talent was there. What I didn't know was their
work ethic and their willingness to do whatever it took
to be successful. That way it's unfolded with back-to-back
championships has been unbelievable."
Graham is disappointed the season is over, he's already
looking forward to next season and the challenge of teaching
a new group of young players to be the best they can be.
Team roster: Simon Labelle, Vincent Labelle,
Jarrett Ladouceur, Evan Beaudoin, Luka Partington,
Ryan Buckley, Tyler Vezina, Tyler Boyd, Owen
Genier, Maxime Lacroix, Justin Graham, Daniel
Sabourin, Jaden Tracey, Cooper Grochot, Mathieu
Beauchemin, Kurtis Ikkers, Jonathan Lemaire.
Head coach Kevin Graham, Ass't Coach Jean
Genier, Ass't Coach Chris Sabourin, Ass't
Coach Mike Vezina, Manager Steve Lacroix,
Trainer John Grochot and Ass't Trainer Lana
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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