Peewee AA Rangers complete championship sweep
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Rangers Minor Peewee AA team are once again
Hockey East Ontario (HEO) champions after downing the
Cumberland Jr. Grads in four straight games to win their
first to seven point series 8-0.
result was a repeat of what transpired last year when
the Rangers beat the Jr. Grads seven points to three to
win the Major Atom AA championship.
Minor Peewee AA Gloucester Rangers
pose with the HEO championship banner after
defeating the Cumberland Jr. Grads in the
finals. Photo supplied
last year, when the Rangers lost three games on the way
to the championship, this years squad ran the table,
winning all 10 of their post season match-ups as the number
the way on offence was Christopher Barlas with 11 goals
and 17 points, including a pair of goals and two assists
in the series finale on March 24 which the Rangers won
Cavallin scored nine goals in nine games during the playoffs,
and Matthew Buckley and Owen Outwater added six and five
Matthew Saari was in net for eight of the 10 wins, posting
a 1.75 goals against average, while Owen Willgos backstopped
the team to their other two victories.
Rangers road to the HEO post season championship began
on Feb. 8
with a 7-1 win over the Ottawa Silver Seven. They won
the first to five point series in three games straight,
outscoring their opponents 21-5. They
went on to eliminate the Ottawa Sting in three straight
games in the semifinals, but with a much tighter goal
differential, outscoring the Sting 12-6.
beat the Jr. Grads 5-1 and 3-1 in the first to games to
start the finals before taking a week off for the March
Break. When the two teams returned to the ice for Game
3 on March 22, the Rangers didnt skip a beat in
posting a 5-2 win over their east end rivals.
Rangers will add the post season championship banner to
the regular season flag they won for finishing first overall
in their division. The Rangers finished seven points clear
of the Nepean Raiders with a record of 23-1-1. They also
won the Bell Capital Cup competing in the Minor Peewee
coach Carl Cameron chalks up the teams success to
a combination of natural born ability and a willingness
to buy into the team concept.
have a lot of individual talent on the team, but it was
convincing them to buy into the team concept that was
the real key, says Cameron, especially when
we had a lot of kids out with the flu. This was the worse
season Ive ever seen for the flu. At one point we
had five kids out of the line-up at the same time.
a talented group of players, Cameron was also blessed
with a great
group of assistants and tremendously supportive parents.
the ones who should get the lions share of the credit.
I was very fortunate to have them and so were the kids,
(Posted 1 p.m., March 28)
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