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(Posted 7:30 p.m., April 10)
Gloucester Hockey Association wraps up House League season

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Orléans Rush Novice B team poses with the GHA championship trophy and banner after beating the Leitrim Hawks 3-2 in overtime in the Saturday’s final. Photo courtesy of InAction Photography

The Gloucester Hockey Association wrapped up its House League season on the weekend with the finals in 18 divisions from Novice to Juvenile.

The Leitrim Hawks were the big winners, taking home six championship banners, while the Orléans Rush and the Blackburn Stingers won two each.

The most exciting game of the bunch was the Peewee A final between the Stingers and the Rush which saw the Blackburn Hamlet team come back from a three-goal deficit.

The Stingers finished the regular season in first place with an impressive 17-3-0 record while the Rush finished 19 points back in fourth place.

The Orléans team had to win two of their three games in the round robin portion of the playoffs in order to make into the semi-finals where they managed to upset the Leitrim Hawks 2-0.

The Stingers were trailing 4-1 in the final with 8:37 left in the game when Mathieu Sabourin scored the first of two goals to narrow the deficit to 4-2. He would score again seven seconds later to make it a one-goal game and set up an exciting finish.

The man of the hour was Jayden Bonhomme who scored the Stingers’ first goal with four seconds remaining in the opening stanza. His second goal with 3:27 left in the third period, tied the game, and then with just two seconds left on the clock he scored the game winner to complete the dramatic hat trick.

The Stingers’ other championship banner came in the Novice B Division 2 final where the Stingers’ Novice B2 team, which had finished 10th in the regular season standings, beat the Stingers’ B1 squad, which had finished two places back in 12th, 3-2 in double overtime.

Bastien Ballantyne and Mateo Fomosa both scored in regulation for the Stingers, while Alex Lortie scored the game winner with 4:10 left in the second extra session. Daniel O’Brien scored both goals for the B1 team.

The Novice B Division 1 final also went into overtime, with the Orléans Rush managing to win the first of two banners for the Orléans Minor Hockey Association.

The Rush were trailing the Leitrim Hawks 2-1 with 3:37 left in the third period when Sam Murdock scored to tie the contest. In overtime, Sam’s brother Adam set up Theo Chan for the game winner.

The Rush’s first goal was scored by Jason Proulx with 4:42 left to go in the second period.

The win was sweet redemption for the Rush which finished the regular season in second place, just one point behind the Hawks in the overall standings.

The Orléans Rush Novice B team poses with the GHA championship trophy and banner after beating the Leitrim Hawks 3-2 in overtime in the Saturday’s final. . Photo courtesy of InAction Photography

Orléans second championship banner came in the Midget B Division 2 final where the Rush beat the Gloucester Centre Cougars 3-2.

In other finals involving teams from the Orléans Minor Hockey Association, the Atom A team lost 5-2 to the Leitrim Hawks; the Peewee B team fell 2-1 also to the Hawks with Keegan Wright scoring the lone goal for the Rush; the Bantam B team lost 2-0 to the Russell Warriors in the Division 2 final; and the Bantam A team lost by an identical 2-0 score to the Metcalfe Jets despite the heroics of their goaltender.

The Gloucester Centre Minor Hockey Association also won two banners. The Novice C team completed a memorable season by beating the Russell Warriors 2-1 in the final on goals by Malik Parsons and Adrian Moore.

The Cougars only lost one regular season game on their way to winning the league championship and they breezed through the playoffs winning all five of their games.

The Cougars other championship ban-ner came in the Atom C team beat the Metcalfe Jets by a 3-1 score.

In other the other final games, the Leitrim Hawks Novice A2 team beat the Leitrim A1 team 3-2; in the Atom B Division 2 final the Metcalfe Jets B1 team beat the B3 team 2-1; in the Division 1 final the Leitrim B5 team upset the B2 team 6-4; and in the Peeewee C final the Leitrim C1 team beat the Gloucester Cougars 6-1.

In the older divisions, the Metcalfe Jets B4 team beat the Jets B1 squad 3-1 in the Bantam B Division 2 final; the Orléans Rush B5 team downed the Gloucester Centre B2 team 3-2 in the Midget B Division 2 final; and the Russell Warriors got the best of the Leitrim Hawks in the Midget A championship game. The Hawks then returned the favour by beating the Warriors 4-3 in the Juvenile final.

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

 

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