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t’s never too late to go back to something you love. Just ask 43-year-old Joel Seguin, a Cornwall resident who, after a 20year hiatus, decided it was time to get back on his dirt bike. He was introduced to dirt biking as a kid, and developed a passion for it quickly.
“My father bought me my ﬁrst bike back in the day,” says Seguin. “I rode them and upgraded dirt bikes as the years went on, up until about the age of 20. Then, you know, life gets busy, schooling and jobs, and I just got back on the dirt bikes about two years ago.”
The impetus for his renewed interest in the sport was him and his friends ﬁnding some tracks nearby. He even entered his ﬁrst actual race this past fall.
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“It was my very ﬁrst time, so I joined as a beginner,” he says. “Out of, I think 56 bikes in our class, I came in 13th. Most of the “It was last summer, we got wind guys in the beginner class are a of a track in Franklin, Quebec,” he lot younger too, but I kept up with explains of his decision to get into them.” actually racing. “So we decided to There are a couple more tracks pay it a visit and ﬁnd out where not too far from Cornwall that it was. It’s only about an hour they’ll be visiting this year. It’s away, and it’s a groomed track safe to say that Seguin’s caught open 5 days a week, just like a real the dirt bike bug once again. Supercross track.” “When you’re on the bike, you Once Seguin and his buddies got a taste of that, none of them kind of lose track of everything Joel Seguin has renewed wanted to ride the trails around around you,” he says. “There’s no his passion for Dirt Biking. Cornwall. Regular trips out there worries. You’re on the track and Photo by Richard Seguin eventually became him wanting to you feel free.” Photographie
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The Games Are Over, the Memories Live on: Talking Hockey with Scot Marlin
national anthems was pretty special.” His close second favourite memory, was winning the Bantam tournament in Cornwall in 1975. Marlin recalls upsetting some pretty good teams in the process. After Junior A, Marlin played His favourite hockey memory is playing the Russian National Midget one year of Senior in Cornwall team in 1977. “The civic complex with the Flyers. He was offered an was sold out and the rink was opportunity to play pro in Scotland, rocking. The Cold War was still on but decided it was time to pursue a and Canada had just experienced the business career. Today, Marlin plays in a men’s 1972 and 1976 professional series,” says Marlin. “We were beaten pretty league in Fort Meyers, Florida. He badly, but to experience the game just started playing again, after a and the Canadian and Soviet Union twelve year break. in the late 1970’s. It’s much faster today. Back then it was much more physical, in terms of clutching, grabbing, and ﬁghting. On a personal note, being named to the all-star team in Ottawa was great,” says Marlin.
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ifty-four-year-old Scot Marlin is the Regional Vice President for ThyssenKrupp Materials, North America. Now, Marlin lives in Cincinnati, Ohio spending his summers in Naples, Florida. Marlin has lived in the United States since 1984; however, Marlin’s hockey roots are based in Cornwall. His earliest hockey memories all reside in the Cornwall rinks. “Playing ice hockey on the outdoor rinks and ball hockey on the streets for hours at a time; it was never too cold to quit. I grew up a block away from the Bob Turner Memorial Centre; great memories from that rink as well,” says Marlin. “Growing up, there were many great Cornwall players to watch. I watched and admired many, including Dave Ezard, Mike Conway, John Markell, and Mike Piquette, Brian Fontaine, Mort Belmore, and Al Wagar to name a few local guys.” Marlin’s entire minor hockey career was played in Cornwall. “I played on the local travel teams from Atom through Midget. In those days, the travel teams in Cornwall all had their own team names, which is different from today. Now I think all of the Cornwall travel teams go by the Colts,” says Marlin. Marlin has fond memories of his father coaching his teams in Cornwall. “My dad was the team manager for all of the minor hockey years. He was on the phone constantly trying to get games for us. One year we played 96 games. I played with some really good teams and some really good players. Alain Chevrier was one of our goalies. He went on to have a successful college and NHL career,” says Marlin. “We were fortunate to travel all over Ontario, Quebec, and much of the northeastern U.S. We
also hosted many teams from these same areas. When we travelled to cities for overnight or weekend trips we always were billeted by the host families. We did the same in return. Meeting and hosting players from other provinces, states, and countries is something you never forget.” Marlin says Cornwall was a great place to learn the game. “The city’s recreation director, when I was growing up, was Si Miller. He practically lived at the rinks in town. He was a strong advocate for youth sports and I’ll bet the kids don’t get the freedom with the city’s facilities that we did. He was great,” recalls Marlin. As Marlin got better at the game, he moved up to play Junior A. He played one year of Junior A in Brockville and two in Ottawa. Marlin recalls Charlie Henry, one of his best coaches, next to his dad of course, during his time playing in Ottawa. His years playing Junior A brought many great memories. “I played with some great teammates, and that’s what it is all about. Hockey was different back
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St. Lawrence Secondary School Saints Play a Great Season and Are Looking Forward to Next Year By Molly Kett
t. Lawrence Secondary School’s basketball season just came to an end, and a fairly successful end at that. Coached by Jamie Carr, the team unfortunately lost in the quarterﬁnals of the Ontario Championships, but they ended their season with 33 wins and 8 losses. They were also 11-0 in league play and won the local championship (SDG), as well as the Eastern Ontario Championship (EOSSAA). Carr says the team’s dislike for losing fuelled their energy for consistent wins. “The team hated losing. They worked hard at practice to prepare for each game,” says Carr. “One of our keys to success was our tough defence, which is a sign of a hardworking team. If they lost, they came back and worked harder the next day at practice.” The team won the SDG championships by going 9-0 during the regular season and 2-0 in the
playoffs. However, Carr says the team didn’t have their best game at the provincials. “We lost our opening game in overtime, which was a tough loss. That loss made our path to ultimate success much harder,” says Carr. “As they did all year, they bounced back with a great effort in the next game, defeating the ﬁfth ranked team to move on to the quarter-ﬁnals. We were defeated in the quarter-ﬁnals by the number four seed Central Toronto.” Carr says the team’s success came from having a very skilled group of players that worked extremely hard. “We played over 40 games and practised about the same amount of times. Each practice they worked hard and got better,” says Carr. “Their dedication is deﬁnitely one of the keys to our success.”
can improve on is our attention to details. At the provincial level all the teams are good and we found out that little mistakes are the difference between winning and losing,” says Carr. “If we can eliminate a few of Although they had a successful those mistakes we can continue to season, Carr says there is more to improve.” improve on. He is already looking Other than continuous attention ahead to next year and what the team can do better. “One thing we to detail, Carr thinks the team
functioned well together, and is ready for a bigger win next season. “I think we continue to do what we have been doing. Last year we were second at EOSSAA and were eliminated from OFSAA prior to the quarterﬁnals and went on to win the consolation side. This year we won EOSSAA and made it to the quarter-ﬁnals,” says Carr. “Hopefully next year we can make another step forward.”
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second periods, respectively. CharLan took the lead just over a minute into the third as Seguin notched his second of the game. That’s when the Braves went to work. Alex Leroux scored just 35 seconds after the Rebels go-ahead goal to tie the game and spark a ﬂurry of three more NGS goals to close out the game and championship. Devon Elliott, Nowry, and Jordan Evans rounded out the scoring. Yannick Vaillancourt had four assists in the game with Nowry and Tyler Babcock collecting one each. “Our players were spoiled with a great coaching staff including Kevin Lalonde, Paul Jackson, Mark Evans, and Steve Tait as my assistants along with my trainer Patty Nowry,” said Grady. “Of course the most important position with the least amount of recognition is our team manager Sarah Grady. We had a great season with great kids and wonderful parents. I will be comparing this team for years to come. It’s sad to see it come to an end. It was a great ride.”
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he NGS Peewee B House NGS Braves have reason to celebrate after completing a season sweep in their Lower-St. Lawrence division. The Braves captured both the regular season and playoff championships. The regular season crown was obtained when the squad skated to a record of 20-2-2. “Our team was built from the net out,” said Head Coach John Grady. “We had great goaltending all year that kept us in every game. Our defence was very aggressive, mobile, and suffocating, always making a good breakout pass. Our forwards were highly-skilled, explosive, and dynamic with quickstrike offence. Each and every one of our players played an unselﬁsh style with lots of passing and we were the most disciplined team with the least penalties in the league.” In the playoffs, the Braves pulled through the round-robin portion with three victories and a draw to reach the ﬁnals versus the Char-Lan Rebels. After skating to a 3-0 victory
Pictured front from left are: Ethan Logtens, Tyler Babcock, Innis Kippen, Tyson Zollinger, Yannick Vaillancourt, Alex Leroux and Devon Elliott. Back row: trainer Patty Nowry, Breigh Jackson, assistant coach Paul Jackson, Matthew Lalonde, Gavin Nowry, Jordan Evans, head coach John Grady, Laura Grady, Cami Tait and assistant coach Kevin Lalonde. Absent from photo are assistant coaches Steve Tait Photo submitted: Greta MacDougall Leroux and Mark Evans.
in Game 1, the Braves had a chance to close out the title in Williamstown on March 10. The Rebels had other ideas. NGS led 2-1 after the opening
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sports as a guest commentator on the TEAM 690 in Montreal. Tickets will be pre-sold and are available at Gordon Jewellers, 13 Second Street West, for $70 each.”
For those not familiar with the banquet or what is involved, Murphy explains. “The Lions Club Sports’ Awards Banquet is an annual event designed to recognize athletes (young and old), volunteers, and coaches in the local sports community. More than 50 awards are handed out representing all types of sports.” He adds, “The highlights of the evening include the naming of the RBC $1,000 Scholarship winner, the $500 Brody Family Bursary, the $250 Bill Bray Bursary, the Joe St. Denis award, as well as the Benson Friends of the Round Table (Lifetime Achievement), the Joe Assaly (top Junior), and Jacques Richard Trophy for top sports personality.”
avid Murphy, chairman of the Lions Club Sports’ Awards Banquet, is proud to announce the 52nd sports’ awards dinner, coming Wednesday, May 11th at The banquet originally began in the Best Western Parkway Inn & honour of Jacques Richard, local Conference Centre. Doors will athlete who tragically lost his open at six pm and dinner will be life due to a boating accident in served at seven pm. 1959. He was only 18 years old. “Our guest speaker will be “Richard was an amazing baseball comedian Joey Elias,” Murphy and softball player,” Murphy says. says. “Elias has a connection to “The ﬁrst winner of the Jacques
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When a winner is announced Richard Award was Richard’s close friend Doug Carpenter who would at the banquet, he or she receives later go on to coach in the NHL.” a plaque to take home, while the Murphy has been with the Lions winner’s name is engraved on club for 13 years now, holding the main historical trophy. “The positions as MC and Chairman. He winner also has the honour of tells us what kind of organization claiming to be among the sporting goes on to create the banquet. “We elite in the annals of Cornwall’s have a banquet committee made rich sports history,” Murphy says. up of Lions Club members who “There are many Jacques Richard contact the various groups and winners who have ended up in the organizations who will send their Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame.” winners, from their respective sports, to us,” he says. “We also serve as the selection committee for the RBC High School Awards (18 awards given to local high school students from various sports) as well as selecting the bursary winners, the Benson Friends of the Round Table, the Joe Assaly, and Jacques Richards winners.” He also tells us how the nomination process works. “[We] ask anyone nominating an athlete to send us their ‘sports resume’ and our committee goes over the merits of the nominees for each award we choose.” And when it comes to picking a winner? “Achievement is a primary indicator of success in a nominee,” Murphy says. “We also consider the winner’s competition in their particular sport.”
When asked if there was any particular winner that stood out for him, in either hospitality, achievement in raising funds for charity, or even accomplishment in the ﬁeld of sports, Murphy gives us an impressive list of people. “Past Jacques Richard winners include our Olympians Lori Dupuis and Melanie Banville, as well as National Champions Jenna Flannigan and Tony Luis, and Chad Kilger, who won after he helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Special Olympics.” Murphy would like to give a very personal thanks to the Lions Club and its members for their help in making this event special. “It has been my pleasure to work with the Lions Club members to highlight the talent that Cornwall has.”
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Klyne McDonald Rothwell Secondary School
Klyne McDonald is a Gr. 7 basketball all-star, who attends Rothwell Osnabruck School. She is a great asset, leading the team in assists. Outside of school Klyne also guides her basketball team, playing point guard for the Cornwall Lion’s. She inspires her fellow Lancers by displaying leadership and a positive attitude, as the team captain! Klyne is a valuable student as well, academically achieving a high average. Her favourite subjects are Math & Art, in which she excels. When asked to describe Klyne, Mr. Gosling said, “She’s an exceptional student academically. She has very strong peer relations. She is kind, thoughtful, very responsible, and reliable.”
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Katie Aitken Char-Lan District High School Grade 11 at Char-Lan District High School Katie Aitken has been riding horses ever since she could walk. Her family runs Rose Quarter Horse and Training Centre. In October, Katie competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Katie and her family trailered down three horses to this prestigious single breed event. The horse that Katie rode was newly acquired, Zans Three Chicks, a 12 year old quarter horse. They competed against 100 other riders in four different classes. Katie has attended shows all over Ontario and in Perry, Georgia, Jackson, Mississippi, Midland Michigan, and Jacksonville, Florida. A highlight this year was competing locally at the International Plowing Match in Finch and winning the Junior Barrel Racing division, as well as, placing ﬁrst in Youth Division at the ﬁnals in the National Barrel Horse Association tournament. Well done, Katie!
Our featured student is Nicholas Cléroux, who is currently in grade 9 at L’Héritage. Recently, Nicholas earned a spot as a Junior Star at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa. His participation in the Brier allowed him an an up-close and personal experience. He was introduced during pre-game ceremonies and got to meet many of Team Canada’s players. As skip, Nicholas was a key member of L’Héritage’s mixed curling team this year. Besides his passion for curling, Nicholas is an excellent student, displaying efﬁcient work habits. He always strives to improve and embodies many exceptional personal qualities. We are proud to call him a Dragon!
Brooklyn Woodside Tagwi Secondary School Brooklyn Woodside is a 15 year old, Grade 10 student, at Tagwi Secondary School. A well-rounded student who excels both academically and athletically, Brooklyn has been an academic honour roll student from Grade 7 to the present. Brooklyn acted in the school play in Grade 9, is on both athletics council and student council, is a WEB leader, and a member of the yearbook club. Athletics however, are Brooklyn’s true passion. She won the awards for Tagwi’s Athlete of the Year in Grade 8 and Junior Female Athlete of the Year in Grade 9. At Tagwi, Brooklyn participates in cross country, volleyball, hockey, badminton, soccer, and track and ﬁeld. Outside of school, Brooklyn has played hockey for the Cornwall Typhoons and basketball for the Upper Canada Ice. Currently, she plays competitive soccer with the Seaway Valley Blazers and competitive volleyball with the Cornwall Vikings. Brooklyn’s love for athletics has been nurtured by her soccer coach and mentor Rachelle MacCrimmon.
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ornwall enjoyed another great season of outdoor hockey, and local volunteers had a big assist in the effort. Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy and staff from the Parks and Recreation Department took some time on Friday to recognize the dedicated residents who helped to maintain outdoor rinks in neighbourhood parks this past winter. The group met at Memorial Park – a new rink site this winter – and the Mayor presented the volunteers with a City of Cornwall jacket as a small token of appreciation. “We had 11 different rink sites this winter and many of them were maintained by communityminded volunteers,” said Mayor O’Shaughnessy. “They put in countless hours of work to ensure this winter tradition remains accessible to residents throughout our community.” This winter’s milder weather posed quite a challenge when it came to maintaining the rinks but
the volunteers were certainly ready for the challenge. Volunteer Cathy Malyon, who helped maintain the rink at Memorial Park with her husband Jim, said it was extremely rewarding to see children out making use of the ice. Often times, they would come from other parts of the City just to try out the new rink. Mrs. Malyon also experienced Cornwall’s rich community spirit ﬁrst-hand when a resident from Cornwall Centre Road showed up and helped clear the ice after a storm one day for the sole reason of wanting to help out. “It was a pretty awesome experience,” she added. Other volunteers include Rich Forrester (Alexander Park), Mike Brunet (Broadview Park), Stephen Thompson (Dover Heights Park), Jamie Fawthrop (Grant Park), Ritchie Seguin (Mattice Park), Bruce Tait (Menard Park), Jason Crowe (Optimist Park) and Gilles Parisien (Reg Campbell Park). “The City simply doesn’t have the resources to maintain all of the
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The 2016 summer Olympics are set for August in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Do you feel the publicity surrounding the outbreak of the Zika Virus will have any impact on the games? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - In Brazil “Zika” has become a 4-letter word. For a country wanting to show itself off to the world, this virus has brought major concern to potential visitors arriving this summer for the Olympics. This disease, transported by the lowly mosquito, has shown Brazil to be lacking in public health care and brought attention to the fact that basic sanitation is still not on the government leaders’ list of priorities. For a country with one of the 10 largest economies in the world, this is unacceptable. So Brazil is scrambling, doing damage control, to defeat an opponent that can be killed with a simple ﬂy swatter. Maybe this summer, we’ll see athletes, running, jumping swimming, rowing, etc carrying ﬂy swatters, to protect themselves. This would be the proverbial “ﬂy in the ointment”. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a Global Public Health Emergency and Olympic teams from around the word have been warned of its dangers. The WHO has also stated that the virus should not affect international travel nor prevent a successful Olympic games in Rio. The International Olympic Committee along with the individual countries is taking measures to protect the athletes. The Olympic village’s team areas will be screened, proper repellents used, and additional clothing provided by sponsors. The 2016 Summer Olympics are taking place in August, which falls in the Brazilian winter, a cooler, drier time when mosquito numbers fall signiﬁcantly. The virus has created legitimate concern and a deﬁnite fear factor, but I don’t see it having a major impact on athletes or spectators.
Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Growing concerns have prompted the World Health Organization to declare the Zika virus an
international public health emergency. The virus, new to South America, initially appeared in 2014 shortly after the World Cup when hundreds of thousands of visitors ﬂowed into Brazil (virus trackers believe the current strain may have originated from Polynesia where an outbreak was spreading through small islands around the Paciﬁc). The virus itself is not normally life-threatening, and most infected people have no symptoms, however medical ofﬁcials are working to determine if the spike in birth defects in Brazil is related to the Zika virus. With the expected number of people slated to visit Brazil for the Olympics, researchers are assessing the risks the Games may pose in spreading the Zika virus around the world, particularly into the United States. The publicity surrounding the outbreak is having an impact on the games; ofﬁcials have stated ticket sales have been disappointing and travel agents have reported as many as 15% of US travelers with itineraries are calling to cancel. Olympic ofﬁcials have a monumental task in assessing the health risks to athletes and visitors and doing what’s necessary to ensure the success of the games but time is ticking and I hope it’s not too late.
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Ty Celone Works towards Golﬁng Success, Even in the Winter Season By Molly Kett
ocal golfer Ty Celone just ﬁnished ﬁrst in the Canadian Jr Golf Associations (CJGA) order of merit; out of 610 boys aged 1519. He has been invited to represent the CJGA Team Canada once again in the MCB Curaçao Masters ProAm in April. Last year at this same tournament, he did well, ﬁnishing third for the amateurs in the MCB Masters. Mid-March, Celone was training in Myrtle Beach with team Ontario, to compete in the 2016 Can Am matches that took place at the end of March. Unfortunately, South Carolina beat Team Ontario at this tournament. Over the winter, Celone played in the First Annual Dustin Johnson Tournament at TPC golf course, where only 5 Canadian boys were invited. As for the upcoming season, Celone has a lot on his schedule. “After the MCB Masters Pro-Am in Curaçao on April 3-9th, the season gets started at the Team Ontario Cup in Niagara the end of April, then in May the GAO Spring Classic, and the CN Futures championships in Quebec and Ontario,” says his mother, Angela Celone. “Then the summer begins with many trips to Toronto and surrounding area for qualiﬁers for National tournaments and events Ty has qualiﬁed for last year.”
Celone says he has had his best “off-season” yet. “I’ve improved a lot of aspects of my game practising with Team Ontario all winter in Florida and Myrtle Beach. I am ready for this summer season. I feel very conﬁdent with my game right now.” Celone’s schedule from May to October is full of extensive travel. His mother, Angela, says it can be tough juggling tournaments and time off work but that it’s easily worth it. “Providing Ty the opportunity to play in several tournaments contributes to his progression as a player and overcoming challenges on the course. He works hard on his game, so the sacriﬁce for us is worth it. Ty learns from his experiences and keeps improving.” At this rate of success, going professional is deﬁnitely in the cards for Celone. However, his ﬁrst goal is to have success with his education. “Going professional is my ultimate goal but I don’t like to think that far ahead,” says Celone. “There is a ton of lead-up goals I need to achieve ﬁrst; such as going to an elite university and having the experience of playing golf at that level.” His parents, of course, are as proud as ever. “Ty has continuously reached his goals. From his ﬁrst tournaments at age 12 to making Team Ontario this year he has continued to improve and work hard. If he progresses on this path Ty may have opportunity down
Photo Submitted the road to play as a professional,” says Angela Celone. “The next step for Ty is to play for a good division one school and compete with the best collegiate players. Ty’s swing
is pretty special, so with hard work and determination it may be possible, but for a golfer it is a hard grind. Regardless, we are proud.”
Atom Wolves Bring Home Gold at Little NHL T
he Atom Wolves ended their season with an undefeated 5-0 series win in Mississauga last week and brought home gold medals in their division of 26 teams. They had a
rough season with 23 wins, 35 losses and 2 ties but remained positive and overcame many challenges along the way, including a short bench for most of the season.
In the end it all worked out and these players bonded quickly, formed new friendships, supported one another, and together had a great experience; truly an amazing group of nice kids. Thanks to the coaches, parents, extended family, and to our sponsor the Akwesasne Convenience Store Association for supporting the Atom Wolves this Photo Submitted season!
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This season Tyson Zollinger has been a wall in net for the Peewee B NGS Braves. The second-year player led his team to the LowerSt. Lawrence regular season and playoff championships sporting an overall record of 38-5-4. Zollinger led the league with a 1.75 goals against average and four shutouts. Zollinger and his teammates recently captured the silver medal at the Kids for Kids Tournament in Kingston, to close out the season. He looks back at winning the Can-Am tournament in Quebec earlier this year as his season highlight and recording six-straight shutouts in the Ottawa 67s tournament, as a novice, as his “career” highlight. “I try to approach each game by thinking positively and keeping a calm attitude,” says Zollinger. “I would love to continue in hockey and hopefully get a chance to play in the OHL.”
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SVR Novice Rapids Advance to Second Round of Playoffs By Carrie Seguin
he Seaway Valley Novice Rapids faced off against third place Kanata Blazers in the second round of this season’s OEMHL A playoffs. The series proved typical of play between the two teams --- tight matches and great competition. But unlike the regular season, where the Rapids edged out the Blazers for second place, it was the Kanata team that was victorious in playoffs, knocking SVR out of the running for the division championship title. The series began on February 20th, with the Blazers visiting the Rapids on home ice. It was SVR who set the tone during this ﬁrst match-up, scoring early in the ﬁrst period. The Blazers tied the game just a minute into the
second period, but SVR answered back with 2 quick goals. By the end of the second stanza, the score was 4-2 for the Seaway team. During period 3 action, penalty trouble found the Rapids and the Blazers were able to capitalize, scoring a power play goal. SVR was able to keep the Blazers at bay for the remainder of the match, holding on to the win and taking the lead in the series. Tristan Delisle scored all 4 SVR goals, assisted by Logan Villeneuve, Warren Lalonde, and Owen McMillan. Game 2 saw Kanata visiting SVR at the Benson Center again on February 26th. The Blazers were not going to make it easy for the Rapids to capitalize on the home ice advantage a second time around --- ﬁrst period action saw back and forth chances, but it ended with no score. Early in the second period, the
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Blazers found the scoreboard early on and then scored a second goal while on a power play. With just 0.8 seconds left in the session, SVR scored, ending the period 2-1 for the visitors. Third period defensive play was solid for both teams, stopping either team from ﬁnding the net. Kanata took Game 2, tying up the series at 1 game each. Parker Thompson scored SVR’s lone goal, assisted by Zachary Carroll and Hunter Thompson. The Rapids visited Kanata the following day, looking for redemption. It wasn’t to happen, as the Blazers skated away with the win. While SVR was the ﬁrst team to ﬁnd the scoreboard during the ﬁrst period, Kanata responded with a goal of their own during the second period, and 2 more during the ﬁrst half of the third period bringing the score to 3-1 in their favour. In an effort to close the gap, coaching staff pulled SVR goalie Eli Seguin with a couple of minutes left in the game, but Kanata pocketed an empty netter ﬁnishing the match with a 4-1 score. Delisle scored for SVR, assisted by Lalonde and Villeneuve. In a do-or-die situation, SVR again travelled to Kanata for Game 4 on
February 29th, hoping to tie the series up at two games and force a ﬁfth game. Both teams left no room for error during the ﬁrst period and it ended with no score. It was the Rapids who broke through ﬁrst, scoring midway in the second period and taking the lead. The Rapids protected their lead tenaciously, but the Blazers found the net halfway through the third period, tying up the score at 1. Playing for the win, SVR pulled the goalie with just under two minutes left, but the Blazers stole the puck and pocketed the go-ahead goal in the empty net, clinching the win and a spot in the ﬁnal round of division playoffs. Delisle scored for the Rapids, assisted by Alex Delormier. The Novice Rapids have much to be proud of. The team ﬁnished the regular season in 2nd place out of 8 teams and ﬁnished in 3rd place overall after playoff action. They ﬁnished the season with a 26-10-1 record and a GAA of only 2.54. Additionally, the team boasts two gold medals and 1 silver medal ﬁnish in tournament play. Coaches and parents are extremely proud of the efforts put forth by the young players, as well as the enthusiasm and sportsmanship shown each time they stepped onto the ice.
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Colts Lawson MacDougall Named Cornwall Toyota Hardest Worker By Jordan Todd
espite a tough year for the Junior A Cornwall Colts, Lawson MacDougall’s ﬁnal year with the team was a good one.
MacDougall, a 20-year-old resident of Williamstown, not only had his best statistical year with the Colts, netting 41 points in 51 games; he was also the recipient of the inaugural Cornwall Toyota Hardest Worker Award.
back and they build on that. It’s just too bad for the older guys, you want to make the playoffs in your last year, but it was a pretty even league, so anything could have happened really.” While team success is more important to him than individual success, he says that he is pretty happy how the season unfolded for him.
“I was playing with guys that I’ve played with since minor hockey,” he says. “So that “The season didn’t really go was fun and personally I had a as we expected, your goal is good experience.” At an end of the season always to make the playoffs,” MacDougall says. “But we ceremony, MacDougall was had a lot of younger guys in presented with the Cornwall their ﬁrst year, so hopefully Toyota Hardest Worker Award. a lot of those guys will come At the end of every game a
player received the honour, and at the end of the season, the player with the most selections won.
“There’s a lot of guys on our team that could have won it,” says MacDougall. “We have a lot of good hard workers, but yeah it was nice for sure.”
Now that MacDougall’s career with the Colts is over, he’s thinking about his future. He deﬁnitely wants to play hockey at a university somewhere, but he’s not sure where yet. He’s visited some campuses, but it’s still up in the air whether he plays in the USA or Canada. No matter Tom Everson (Cornwall Toyota) presents Lawson MacDougall where he ends up, his heart with the Cornwall Toyota Hardest and work ethic on the ice will Worker Award. Photo credit: Ice level photography surely be appreciated.
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ASK THE COACH Name: Olivia Grady, 9 yrs old Team: NGS Atom B Rep Braves , Crysler Question: Hi coach, I play defence. What can I do over the summer to get better? Answered by: Jeff Carter, Own the Ice instructor Answer: Hi Olivia, it is important for defencemen to be strong backwards skaters with agility. The old saying “practise makes perfect” applies in hockey. If you can get on the ice in the summer, select a program that concentrates on defencemen. Off the ice, you can work on agility drills. Use a ball instead of a puck, set up a course with pylons and run through it going forward and backwards, head on a swivel, controlling the ball with your stick. Increase your speed as you get comfortable. Have a fun summer.
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NGS Novice B Braves Champions in Kemptville By Staff Writer
he NGS Novice B Braves captured their fourth tournament victory of the 2015-16 season on March 20 in Kemptville. They did so without the services of two of their regular defencemen (Aiden Casselman and Noah Mainville) for the entire event and one of their centres (Carter Rolland) for the ﬁrst two games. “Being March Break, we found out we had enough players for this tournament at the last moment so we went ahead and registered,” said manager Sarah Grady. “Thanks to the help from our afﬁliates Mason (Anderson) and Alex (Simon) and elevated play from the rest of our
team, we went out and won our fourth tournament of the season. To do that without some of our regular players, who have helped us do well all year, made it a special win.” In the championship game, the Braves went head-to-head with the host Kemptville B2 Panthers and participated in their most exciting game of the event. The Panthers broke out to a 1-0 lead early on before NGS forward Caleb Grady knotted the score midway through the period, assisted by Hayden Darling and Alex Simon. Vinny Anderson gave NGS a 2-1 lead in the second period assisted by Darling. The Braves made it 3-1 in the third when Nuttall scored the eventual tournament-winning goal,
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his is Benton St. Jean. He is 5 years and is new to lacrosse this year. His cousin Neil Laframboise has been playing for a couple of years and has convinced Benton to try it and Benton is loving lacrosse. Benton has played minor soccer, indoor soccer, hockey, and t-ball. He has told his aunt that he loves it “SO SO much”. He comes off the ﬂoor every time with a grin from ear to ear and very sweaty from hard work. He just got his ﬁrst new stick and makes sure to show it to everyone.
assisted by the Anderson cousins, Vinny and Mason. The Panthers answered with a tally with three minutes remaining but the Braves held on to the 3-2 victory. “Not only did the boys go out and win, they did it in exciting fashion,” said Assistant Coach Joey Sullivan. “Our team drew plenty of praise from our opponents and fans in attendance for the way they moved the puck around, D to D and down low, and played as a team. Even our afﬁliates chipped in offensively.”
The Braves were excited to welcome back Carter Rolland on championship day, March 20, as the centre was back in time to play in the semi-ﬁnals after returning from a family vacation. In the semi-ﬁnals, Vinny Anderson scored three goals and two assists as the Braves rolled to an 8-2 win over the Stittsville 3 Red Knights. Simon scored twice and singles went to Kyan Helmer and Hayden Darling. Rolland handed out
two assists while Nuttall and Mason Anderson had one helper each. To open the tournament on March 19, the Braves scored an 8-0 victory over the South End Stars. Nuttall led the way with three goals and an assist, Vinny Anderson scored twice and added an assist, and singles went to Darling, Helmer, and Josh MacMillan. Lucas Sullivan and Mason Anderson each had two assists while MacMillan added one. Dryden Coleman registered the shutout. In their second game of the tournament NGS got past co-host Kemptville B1 Panthers 5-3. Grady led the way with three goals and an assist while Nuttall scored twice and added an assist. MacMillan, Darling, and Vinny Anderson each added an assist. Other tournament victories this season for NGS came at home in Finch, in Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury, and South Grenville.
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