Just over halfway through the regular-season schedule, the Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' Rapids have a lot to be pleased about, as the squad heads into the Christmas break in first place, with a record of 14-4-3.
The minor atom division has proven to be competitive this season. The Rapids continue to battle with the Kanata Blazers, the Ottawa Sting, the Nepean Raiders, and the Gloucester Rangers for the higher spots in the standings. All five teams sit in the top half of the division.
“We have been playing great with many come-back wins this season. The team has learned to never give up and that we can succeed as a group if everyone does their part,” states coach Miguel Delisle. “We have really worked hard on our battle, and it has resulted in the team playing more aggressive during the games.”
Offensively, the SVR team is a force to reckon with, boasting 86 goals scored in 21 games, resulting in a 4.0 points-per-game (PPG) average. Tristan Delisle leads the division in scoring. Warren Lalonde is ranked sixth, and Chancey Novosad and Alex Delormier are ranked 16th in assists.
Defensively, the Rapids also have a reason to cheer, as the team again sits in the top half of the ranks with 47 goals allowed. Currently, the team’s goaltenders Elijah Seguin and Tristan Paquette, are ranked first and seventh respectively among the division’s netminders.
“With hard work, there will be many successes to come for this group. With our offence scoring and our strong defensive play, as well as our top-level goaltending, the rest of the season is looking great,” declares Delisle.
Outside of league play, the team has taken the tournament world by storm, claiming three championship titles: Rochester, Oshawa, and Niagara Falls. To date, the SVR atoms have yet to be beaten in tournament play.
The group is slated to travel to Kingston early in the New Year to take part in the 'AAA' Limestone City Cup tournament.
The opportunity for a number of the team’s members to play on the SVR minor atom 'A' squad is made possible because of generous support from several local businesses. Thanks to individual sponsorships, player registration costs are partially offset in an effort to help these young and talented players hit the ice and represent the area in rinks across eastern Ontario.
Regular-season play will resume on Jan. 7, when the Gloucester Rangers visit the Rapids at Cornwall's multisport complex. Game time is set for 4:45pm.
– with files from Carrie Seguin
The Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' hockey team triumphed recently at the Peter Mancuso AA Challenge Tournament in Niagara Falls.
The SVR team started the event playing teams from Clarington, Windsor, and Belle River. The Rapids went undefeated, beating their opponents 6-1, 8-1, and 5-0 respectively.
Their winning record paved the way to the semifinals where the Rapids faced off against the Niagara Falls Flyers. The Flyers came out hard against the Rapids, strategically marking offensive players and pressuring goaltender Eli Seguin with aggressive play around the net. The SVR team played smart, drawing five penalties on the Flyers, allowing for numerous power-play opportunities. In the end, the Seaway side came out on top, 5-3.
In the championship game, the Rapids met league opponent Ottawa Valley Silver Seven White. In league play, SVR is 1 and 0 against OVSSW. With the win coming early in the season, the coaches were uncertain about what to expect from the Ottawa team.
This game proved interesting, with the Ottawa squad finding the net late in the first period. This, however, was the only puck to get beyond netminder Tristan Pacquette. SVR tied the game with just 1:35 min left in the first and then sealed the deal with three more goals in the third period, winning the game 4-1.
The team proved to be an offensive force throughout the tournament, scoring 26 goals over 5 games. Tournament goal scorers included Tristan Delisle, Jensen White, Dean Fawthrop, Parker Thompson, Owen Corput, Alex Delormier, Chancey Novosad, and Bennet Hardy. Assists were earned by Ayden Baumann, Gabrielle Bowen, Thompson, Novosad, Delisle, White, Fawthrop, and Hardy.
Defensively, the team boasted a goals-against average of 1.2, allowing only six goals over their five matches. The defensive squad of Logan Villeneuve, Warren Lalonde, Bowen, Baumann, and Novosad, together with goalies Seguin and Pacquette, have much of which to be proud.
This was the third tournament win for the minor atom 'A' team, which claimed gold in Rochester in September, and again in Oshawa last month. The team is looking to take its fourth title in January, when the Rapids will travel to Kingston to compete in their final tournament of the 2016-17 season.
Please see the Nov. 16 edition of The Glengarry News for a team photo.
– files from Carrie Seguin
The Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' Rapids participated in the Oshawa Cup Tournament 2016, and they came home with gold medals.
The team, coached by Miguel Delisle who was assisted by Scott Butter Thompson, Mark Novosad, and Peter Bowen, went undefeated in round-robin play, beating their opponents by large margins: 15-2, 7-1, 9-1, and 17-0.
SVR’s winning record advanced them to the semifinals where they met the North York Knights. The Knights proved to be a stronger opponent than had been seen in round-robin play. They pressured the Rapids until the third period when SVR made their move, stealing the game from North York 11-6.
The final game of the tournament matched SVR versus league opponent Gloucester Rangers Green. The contest was action-packed as the squads attacked the net with vigour, pressuring both net-minders up to the final seconds.
Coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the Rapids tied the game and then pulled ahead during the beginning of the third period. Even play ensued, and the score was tied again during the last minutes of the match. An SVR goal with just 47 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Rapids. The final score was 6-5.
Over the course of the tournament, the team boasted a whopping 65 goals for and a 2.5 goals against average.
Player of the Game honours were awarded to:
Owen Corput – Forward (Game 1)
Logan Villeneuve – Defence (Game 2)
Chancey Novosad – Defence (Game 3)
Parker Thompson – Forward (Game 4)
Hunter Thompson – Defence (Game 5)
Eli Seguin – Goalie (Game 6)
– files from Carrie Seguin
'Sports Extra' includes a story about a recent tournament success for the Seaway Valley minor atom AA hockey team. You can check it out at www.sportsintheglens.ca