11:30 a.m., Jan. 2)
Atom Jr. Grads ring in the New Year with Bell Capital
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Jr. Grads Minor Atom 'B' team continued their
success in tournament play this season by adding the Bell
Capital Cup Minor Atom 'A' title to their impressive resume
up a division, the Jr. Grads were the class of the field
going a perfect 7-0-0 with a goals for and against differential
took them the better part of the first period to get on
the scoreboard against the Whitby Wildcats, who were also
undefeated heading into the final. Daniel Anthony's goal
at the 11:25 mark of the opening stanza was only a foreshadowing
of what was to come.
Wildcats managed to keep the Jr. Grads at bay until the
12:34 mark of the second period when Zachary Brunet banged
home a rebound off a shot from Alexy Thibault.
minute later, Benjamin Cormier took a lead pass from Cohen
George and scored on a breakaway to give the Jr. Grads
a 3-0 lead.
fourth goal was scored at the 8:23 mark of the third period
by Tristan Johnson who stole the puck in the neutral zone
and raced in all alone on the Whitby netminder.
moving the puck from his forehand to his backhand and
then back to his forehand, Johnson rifled the puck past
the goalie's outstretched trapper.
Jr. Grads would add two more goals by Thibault and Johnson
in the third period for the decisive 6-0 win.
Grads head coach Stephen George said his team was slightly
awed by their surroundings to start the game.
at the CTC on the same ice as the Senators was a little
overwhelming and it showed in the first period,"
said George. "but once we got our legs under ourselves
and started to play with more drive things turned in our
Allard was named the Jr. Grads hardest worker of the game,
while Cormier and Brunet were awarded the game's third
and first stars respectively.
mention should also be given to Lucas Bremner and Cole
King who made several difficult saves in combining for
the Jr, Grads third shutout of the tournament.
ended the tournament with nine goals in six games, while
Brunet, Johnson, Anthony, Thibault and Nicolas Chartrand
each scored five times.
Bell Capital Cup is the Jr. Grads' fourth tournament title
this season. They previously won the Muskrat Major Atom
Tournament, the Whitby Edge Again Cup, and the Toronto
Wolverines Minor Atom Tournament, while placing second
in the Capital Volunteer Cup tournament.
say this year has been a blessing is an understatement,"
says George. "I've been involved in hockey a long,
long time and Ive never coached a team with as much drive
as these guys. It's a privilege to be able to coach such
a great group of kids."
the biggest tournament of the season now behind them,
the Jr. Grads can now focus on the regular season and
a possible run at the league championship. They currently
trail the Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs by four points with
three games in hand.
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