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(Posted: 9 a.m., April 6)
East end teams claim six banners on opening day of GHA championship weekend
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Gloucester Centre Cougars B2 Atom team pose for a post-game picture after winning the Gloucester Hockey Association Atom B1 House League championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

East end teams won six of the 10 banners up for grabs on the opening day of the Gloucester Hockey Association House League championships on Saturday.

The Orleans Minor Hockey Association led the way with three banners, the Gloucester Centre Hockey Association took home two flags and the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association won the sixth championship.

The Orleans Blues B1 Novice team started the ball rolling with a 2-0 win over the Blues B2 team in the Novice B1 final. Kyle Letourneau and Tristan Smith-Holder both scored for the winning team, while Cohen Lesperance-Spack was credited with the shutout.

The Orleans Falcons B2 Peewee squad pulled off their own miracle on ice to beat the Blackburn Stingers in the Peewee B2 final.

After Austin Thomas broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 6:21 mark of the third period, the Stingers looked as if they were heading for the win until the Falcons' Fabien Lefebvre scored with 12 seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime. Lefebvre then scored a 1:07 into the extra session to give the Falcons the win.

While the Orleans peewee team came through with the most exciting win of the day, the Orleans Rush Atom C team delivered the most lopsided win in downing the Cumberland Dukes 7-0 in the Atom C championship game.

Tristan Poulin and William Carr both scored a pair of goals for the Rush, while Nolan Bradimore, Jérémie Blais, Shashwat Adhikari and Jérémy Lapolice all added singles.

Gloucester Centre's first of two championships came in the Novice A final against the Cumberland Dukes. Jordan Mosgrove and Riley Bloom both scored for the Cougars, while Jacob Marleau got the lone goal for the Dukes.

The Atom B1 final pitted the Gloucester Centre B1 team against the Gloucester Centre B2 team with the B2 team coming out the winner on an overtime goal by Connor Quinlan.

The B1 team got on the board first with a goal from Sacha Arsenault at the 9:07 mark of the second period. The B2 squad tied the game just over a minute later on a goal by Jamal Khan, and then took the lead on a goal by Charbel Merhej with a second left to go in the period.

The score remained 2-1 in favour of the B1 team until late in the third period when Nicolas Ermakov scored for the B2 side to send the game into overtime. Quinlan's winner came on a perfect pass from Khan.

Probably the most entertaining game of the day was the Atom A final in which the Metcalfe Jets needed overtime to beat a game Cumberland Diukes team.

The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to the efforts of their leading scorer Tyler Melvin who began the season with the Gloucester Rangers 'AA' team. Melvin's superior skills were abundantly evident on both of the Jets' early goals which he scored after weaving his way through the entire Dukes team.

Rather than wilt in the face of a seemingly superior offensive force, the Dukes answered back in the third period with a pair of goals of their own. The first was a short-handed effort by Evan Doucette with the Dukes two men down. Nathan Monpremier scored the leveler just over a minute later.

With the game looking to be heading to overtime, Melvin struck again to give the Jets the lead with 1:04 left in the game. He then set up Kylin Tobin for an empty net goal with 22 seconds left.

In the final championship game of the day, the Cumberland Dukes B6 peewee team downed the Leitrim Hawks B5 squad 3-2 on goals by Philippe Bonsant, Braeden Fling and Sean Celroux to give the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association its first win of the weekend.

Action at the Earl Armstrong Arena will continue on Sunday with eight more finals at the peewee, bantam, midget and juvenile levels.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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