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12-year-old ‘Matthew the Brave’ inspires everyone around him By Jeff Morris Barrhaven Independent

His family and friends call him Matthew the Brave. It’s a cute nickname for a kid. But when you learn about his story and what he endures every day of his life, Matthew Paravan’s nickname suddenly rings with poignancy. The 12-year-old boy spent the first six weeks of 2019 in Roger Neilson House adjacent to CHEO. “He was in Roger Neilson House for pain management,” his mom, Stephanie, explained. Matthew had a seizure so violent that it dislocated his hip. The seizures are a part of his life – something he has to deal with not just daily, but several times an hour. “On a good day, Matthew will only have 30-50 seizures a day,” Stephanie said. “But on a bad day, he will have more than 200.” And through it all, Mat-

thew the Brave had only one request at Roger Neilson House. “He loves sports,” his mom said. “He loves the Ottawa Senators. The cable package there didn’t have all the sports channels. He loves to watch the games, and his favourite show is TSN Sports Centre with Jay and Dan. He couldn’t watch it when he got there.” Stephanie and her husband, Bruno, will be guests at the 12th annual Maddy’s Gala Saturday. Stephanie will pour her heart out to hundreds of unfamiliar faces at the emotionally charged annual fundraiser for Roger Neilson House, which is Eastern Ontario’s children’s hospice. “It will be my fourth year attending Maddy’s Gala,” she said with a nervous smile. Maddy’s Gala was started in 2008 by friends of the Otto family. Maddy Otto was a girl ready to go into kindergarten when she woke up from a

nap. According to her father, Dean, Maddy “just didn’t look right. She was kind of droopy, like something was wrong.” Dean and Jeanine Otto took their daughter to CHEO, and shortly after their arrival, Maddy had a seizure. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. On July 17, 2007, Maddy Otto passed away at Roger’s House two days after being admitted into CHEO. She died peacefully, surrounded by a strong and loving family and close friends. Maddy’s Gala, originally planned as a one-shot deal intended to raise $10,000 for Roger Neilson House, has become the hospice’s major fundraising event of the year. Dean and Jeanine Otto and their daughter, Hannah, have been responsible for raising more than three quarters of a million dollars as a legacy for Maddy.

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Matthew Paravan, in wheelchair facing camera, get some help as he plays hockey at Roger Neilson House. The local 12-year-old has become a source of inspiration to everyone in the community as he fights through Perry-Romberg Syndrome. “Matthew The Brave”, who has lost most of his mobility and his ability to speak or eat solid food, sometimes has more than 200 seizures per day. He was admitted to Roger Neilson House for pain management after a violent seizure resulted in a dislocated hip.

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Barrhaven Independent a finalist for four provincial newspaper awards From the Other Side columnist Jeff Morris a finalist for best column, best humour column in Ontario Special to the Independent TORONTO -- The Barrhaven Independent is a finalist for four Ontario Community Newspaper Association awards. The OCNA announced the finalists for its 2018 OCNA Better Newspaper Competition Awards last week, selecting three entries as finalists in each category. The OCNA represents more than 250 community newspapers and publications in Ontario and Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The winners will be announced at the OCNA Better Newspaper Competition Gala April 5 in Toronto. The Independent is a finalist for Best Arts and Enter-

tainment Story for a feature on St. Mother Teresa High School student Rob Kemp, who gave up high school football to take part in the school’s Cappies play. Kemp, who is also a theatrical makeup expert, won the Best Male Actor Award at the Cappies last year for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The Independent is also a finalist in the Best Sports and Recreation Story for a feature on the growing amount of abuse that youth and high school football officials are subjected to. The story was triggered by an incident in which a 15-year-old player and his father assaulted a 68-year-old official in the parking lot after a National

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Capital Amateur Football Association Bantam playoff game. The Independent’s From the Other Side column, written by Jeff Morris, is up for both of the OCNA’s columnist awards. Morris is up for both the OCNA Columnist of the Year and Humour Columnist of the Year awards, making him the second writer to ever be up for both awards in the same year. Morris was the OCNA Humour Columnist of the Year in 2006 and has been a runner-up three times since then. He was the OCNA Columnist of the Year in 2008. Last year, Morris won the Stephen Shaw Award as the province’s reporter of the year for the second time. “We are a lot smaller and

leaner than most of the other publications in the province, but we have a great team,” Morris said. “Mike Carroccetto is a world class photographer, Charlie Senack is turning into a great young journalist, and Gary Coulombe is the most dedicated person I have ever worked with. It’s great for our team when we all work so hard and we are recognized by our peers from across the province.” The Independent placed fourth as the Honourable Mention winner in judging for Best Editorial. The Independent’s sister publication, the Winchester Press, is a finalist as one of the top three newspapers in its circulation class in Ontario.

Firefighters snuff out Cedarview garage fire before it reaches home A firefighter battles a garage fire at 818 Cedarview Rd. near the Cedarhill golf course on February 7. Mike Carroccetto photo

A passerby who called 9-1-1 to report smoke visible from a residential address Thursday, Feb. 7 near the Cedarhill golf course probably helped limit the spread of a large garage fire. Firefighters were called just after 1:30pm to an attached garage fire with smoke and flames showing at 818 Cedarview Rd. Crews arriving on scene and confirmed heavy black smoke. Firefighters engaged in a rapid fire attack inside the twostorey garage. A 2nd alarm was declared soon after in order to help limit the fire to the large garage and protect the connected residence. The fire was declared under control at 2:32 p.m.. A loss stopped was declared at 2:41 p.m.. There were no reported injuries. No damage estimates have been released. A fire investigator was dispatched to the scene to determine the cause.

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brave continues from page 1 The beautiful and wonderful work the Otto family has done goes far beyond the money they have helped raise. “They have been an inspiration for us,” Stephanie said. “Our stories are different, but there are a lot of parallels in the lives of our families. They are incredible people.” While Maddy’s passing was sudden, Matthew the Brave has spent more than half his life fighting off pain through the constant seizures. He was five when he had his first seizure while at Charleston Lake. His parents didn’t see it coming. Why would they? “He was just a normal kid who loved to play hockey and baseball and soccer,” Stephanie said. “He was a normal, typical kid and we lived a normal life.” In the fall of that year, he suffered more seizures. They became more frequent. Tests and MRI’s found abnormal electric activity in Matthew’s brain, as well as a small brain lesion. In February, 2013, he started to lose the ability to move his left arm. That was a life changer for the Paravans. Matthew would spend

the next 18 months at SickKids and Holland Bloorview Hospitals in Toronto, and CHEO in Ottawa. Matthew the Brave would lose his ability to walk, talk and eat solid food. Stephanie gave up her job to stay with him in Toronto, while Bruno and Matthew’s older brother, Nick, would visit on weekends. The community has come together for fundraisers for them over the years, most notably at Greenfields Pub in Barrhaven and at Marlborough Pub in North Gower. Matthew communicates with cards for “yes” and “no”, and he has an alphabet board to spell out ideas. After returning to CHEO, Matthew was diagnosed with Parry-Romberg Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disease that can lead to neurological problems. Matthew’s condition is still a mystery, as no one – not even the Mayor Clinic in Minnesota – has been able to pinpoint the source of the problem. Stephanie said that through it all, Matthew has been positive, filled with humour, and incredibly selfless. “He loves football,” she said. “He loves the Patriots and Tom Brady. He had this

idea that for Christmas, he asked for tickets to an NFL game in Buffalo. He knew he would never be able to go, but he wanted his brother to be able to go. He loves and admires Nick so much that he wanted to do that for him. So Bruno and Nick went to a game in December. That’s the kind of kid Matthew is. He is always thinking of others, and he doesn’t want his condition to hold anyone back from doing the things they want to do.” Super Bowl Sunday was a special day at Roger Neilson House. The Paravans had a Super Bowl Party there, and Matthew was able to have his bed wheeled into the lounge so they could all watch the game together. “We had a poster on the wall with everyone’s predictions,” Stephanie said. “Matthew wanted there to be Super Bowl food for everyone, even though he can’t eat. In the afternoon, we watched the Puppy Bowl – Matthew loved that. And then we watched the Super Bowl. Other people from Roger Neilson House came down and joined us. It was an amazing day. He was really happy the Patriots won.” Matthew is looking forward to being at home again. The dream for the entire family is that, someday, he can go to school again. But for now, the Paravans are still in one-day-at-a-time mode. “Roger Neilson House was incredible for us,” she said. “There is so much love and compassion there and it is such a beautiful place. They did everything they could to make sure Matthew was comfortable there.” Including changing the cable package. “When they realized Matthew couldn’t watch Jay and Dan, they changed the cable package for his room,” she said. “He was able to watch them every morning for the rest of his stay there. It seems like a little thing, but it’s the little things like that that make all the difference in the Through all of Matthew’s difficulties, there is no shortage of love in the Paravan family. Pictured with Matthew, seated, are his father, Bruno; his mother, Stephanie; and his brother, Nick.

world for someone who is suffering in pain. Jay and dan put a smile on his face, and that means everything.” Tickets for Maddy’s Gala are available at maddysgala. com. Matthew’s bed was wheeled into the lounge at Roger Neilson House and he had his Tom Brady jersey on for his family’s Super Bowl Party. Although Matthew cannot eat solid food, he insisted that his family had traditional Super Bowl Party food, including the football cake being cut by his ther

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Snow removal team working hard to keep Barrhaven streets safe

Winter weather weary is what I think most of us are. Of course there are those who love the cold and the snow, the skiing and the snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing and everything in between but I am not one of those. Some are saying we should set aside more money in the snow budget because this is Ottawa and we have miserable weather but quite frankly this year’s new total of $70 million is all I am willing to support. Yes there are years when we go over the snow budget but I am not willing to sit on $100k for unpredictable weather. To do that it means one of two choices. We scrape money away from something else and like me I know that every one of you can likely come up with a laundry list of tax funded areas that you would be willing to claw back to throw at snow or two, taxes can be raised to cover more snow $ in the budget. Another undetermined factor is timing as to when the winter weather arrives and what form it comes in. Rush hour traffic Monday to Friday presents the greatest challenge. I know that the snow policy that is one for all across the City fails the “burbs” but this week speaking with one of my downtown colleagues I am told the policy doesn’t work there either. We need to be nimble. In Barrhaven we have two snow teams. We have Moodie yard and another in Manotick that


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serves Half Moon Bay and Stonebridge. The density in Half Moon Bay creates so many challenges that snow clearing in the Mary Honeywell area doesn’t have. It also costs us nine times as much operationally. Which brings me to the point of our geography. We are a huge city of about 2700 square kilometres and it is very expensive to maintain all those roads that stretch from Halifax to Vancouver, sidewalks from Halifax to Regina. Add to that we have the worst weather of any world capital city and of course it costs us more. All I can say is we have a team that works very hard to keep us safe, to help you out, and to do the job as quickly as they can. Weekends this winter are opportunities to clean up the streetscape of Barrhaven.

Cuban team coming to Ottawa

The Ottawa Champions will be hosting two thrilling International Series at RCGT Park yet again this season. The Can-Am League has announced that the Cuban National Team and a delegation from Japan’s Shikoku Island League will each be playing three- or four-game series

against the six teams in the league. Mark your calendars for June 14th-16th as Ottawa hosts Cuba for a three-game series over Father’s Day weekend. Ottawa will conclude its 2019 International Series with a four-game set against Shikoku Island from July 1st-4th, including a special Canada Day game. Don’t forget to get your Champions tickets early and enjoy an exceptional opportunity to witness international baseball at RCGT Park this season. Season tickets and flex packs for the 2019 season are now available at ottawachampions.com.

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There’s no quick fix There is no easy fix to the problem with Ontario’s waiting list for autism services. There simply isn’t enough money to solve the problem, and there are not enough specialists and resources. And overhauling the existing system, which was clearly broken, was a no-win situation no matter how you look at it. Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, has always held the issue of autism close to her heart. Now, as the Progressive Conservative Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, MacLeod made her first attempt while with a governing party to tackle the flawed system of how service is provided and the never-ending waiting lists for autism treatments and services. The overhaul announced by MacLeod earlier this month include giving funding for treatment directly to families instead of regional service providers, dependent on age, with up to $140,000 for a child in treatment from the ages of two to 18. Families will receive up to $20,000 a year until their child turns six. From that time until they are 18 it would be $5,000 a year. The reaction was predictable. There were protests in front of her constituency office on Fallowfield Road and demands for her resignation. The previous Liberal government faced similar protests three years ago when they announced that funding for intensive therapy for children over four years of age would be cut off. The Liberals backed down from their plan, but the Ford government does not seem like one to cave into the demands and protests of any special interest group, including parents of autistic children. Ontario Autism Coalition President Laura Kirby-McIntosh pointed out that intensive therapy can cost between $60-80k per year. Families, she said, will go through their funding quickly. She said they will fight the latest changes from the province. Complicating the optics is the fact that Bruce McIntosh resigned from his post as a Progressive Conservative staffer in response to the new autism plan. McIntosh is Kirby-McIntosh’s husband, and is also the former President of the coalition. He was working for MacLeod’s parliamentary assistant, Amy Fee, who is the parent of two children with autism spectrum disorder. It’s a difficult situation for MacLeod. She had been told that under the old Liberal program, there were two-year wait times with no hope and no end in sight. She added that early intervention is when autism support makes the greatest difference. The government is also doubling the funding for five diagnostic hubs to $5.5 million a year for the next two years to address the diagnosis waiting list of 2,400 children, who currently wait on average for 31 weeks. The new program has the same annual budget of $321 million as the Liberal program. Clearly, it’s not enough, but it’s a first step. But there is no easy fix for this situation which continues to grow as the number of children diagnosed in the autism spectrum grows.


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The nightmare of being a hockey parent I had this dream. It was 20 minutes into the future. Randy the Hockey Dad, my old neighbour, was suddenly my neighbour again. I went outside to get my briefcase out of the car, and he was sitting on his step, rolling up the rim on his Tim’s cup. He was unshaven with bags that looked like suitcases under his eyes. He looked like there was a Guns ‘N Roses concert in his bedroom while he was trying to sleep the night before. “I’m done,” he said, barely mustering enough energy to look my way as he spoke. “Competitive hockey finally did me in.” Randy is the father of two boys and a girl who all play hockey. “Try again,” he said as he looked at his cup. He took the last gulp of his triple-triple. “It’s like a metaphor for my life.” I asked him what was wrong. “When Jordan started playing hockey, I didn’t realize what I was getting into,” he said. “Then, back in the summer, he told me that all his friends were trying out for the Triple-A team, and he wanted to try out, too. His coaches from last year encouraged him.” He paused. “He made it, and next thing you know, I’m getting carpal tunnel from writing cheques. Registration was a few thousand dollars. Then there are the tournaments. We’re heading to Toronto on one weekend and then Quebec City the next and then to Oakville and then to Kitchener and then to Toronto again. Each one of them costs me a fortune. “And Logan is playing Double-A this year because they don’t have Triple-A yet in Atom, but the schedule is nuts for him, too. Practices all the time and games all over Eastern Ontario for both of them. I’m like a freaking Uber driver every night and all weekend. The only meals I get are the odd Baconator from the Wendy’s drive thru or maybe a McChicken or maybe a pre-wrapped egg salad sandwich from the gas station when I fill up, which seems like it’s three times a week. “And I never see Sarah anymore,” he added. “I’m driving one of the boys – or both of them – and she is taking Emily to her competitive practices and games. I think the girls’ competitive schedule is even crazier than the boys’ one. They went to Philadephia to play in a tournament last weekend, and in the semi-finals, it was the same four teams that they play in their league around here all the time. Next week, they go to Boston, and they will probably play the same teams again.

“And it goes beyond the games and practices and the tournaments. All of the kids on Jordan’s team are getting private shooting and stickhandling and skating lessons, so we have to sign him up and pay for all of that stuff just so he can keep up with the other kids. And then in order to keep his spot in Triple-A he needs to have a personal trainer, FROM THE so I have had to pay for that. They told me if he wants to be considered for a scholarship to the States, he needs to have these things. by Jeff Morris “And when are they supposed to do their homework? Sarah and I take turns sitting with them and helping them with their assignments. I got a freaking C on the history project I did for Emily on Louis Riel. Can you believe it? I’m not doing very well in math either. I don’t understand what they are teaching kids in math class anymore. “And then there is a fee we have to pay Rick. He is the guy who does the videos for all of the games, but his side business is that he puts together highlight packages for all the players to send to all of the college recruiters and coaches. “And I got in a big fight with Sarah about it because I think it is just too much for us and it is like an anchor around our necks and she is all like, ‘Well, we’re not going to say no to them. They need this.’ So we had to take out a mortgage on the house just to pay for all of this stuff. “And then after all of that Emily went off on me at breakfast this morning because the sports psychologist we were told we had to hire for her to improve her confidence and focus told her at their session last night that I am pushing her too hard, and that I am trying to live my life vicariously through her hockey career. What? I don’t even know what that means. And then Sarah takes her side and tells me that she and Emily are going to buy a horse and take riding lessons, because the sports psychologist said it would be therapeutic for her. Do you know how much a horse costs?” At that point, I woke up in a cold sweat. I looked outside. Randy wasn’t my next door neighbour after all, and it was all just a dream. “Where are the kids?” I asked the Diva. “They’re downstairs playing X-Box or Fortnite or something,” she replied. I smiled. For the first time ever, Fortnite didn’t seem like such a bad thing for the kids to be playing for so long.


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Every culture offers a rich heritage with beauty and value THis week,

THIS MONTH by Larry Ellis

Multiculturalism is a term we hear every day but what does it mean? Essentially it is the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society. It is a term that should be saying – respect for the entire family, regardless of nationality, race, or ethnic identification. Every culture has a rich heritage from which everyone may gain something valuable and beautiful. Today we see so much conflict and hatred in the world as we fight amongst ourselves. We really have been blessed with unique gifts – earth and its resources but we are not using them for the benefit of all mankind. Should many starve while others have more than they know what to do with? We should not fight with each other because of religion, race, colour or belief. Don’t we have more to share because of our diversity?



People have all kinds of beliefs, wear different kinds of clothes and pray in different ways, in different places, to different Gods but, everyone is special! Are you a Christian or a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Sikh, or Hindu? Do all your friends believe the same things you do? Perhaps not! Maybe one of your friends wears a Sari and another wears a Shalwar, or a Toki or Romala, a Hijab, a Star of David or a Cross. Christians worship in a Church, Buddhists worship in a Wat, Sikhs worship in a Gurdwara, Jewish people worship in a Synagogue, Muslims worship in a Mosque, Hindus worship in a Mandir. Other people may worship in other places. Freedom of religion has always been a prerogative of Canadian people. From the earliest days of First Nations People and Eskimos practiced their ceremonial rites as in subsequent eras newcomers of many races likewise observed their religious practices. In 1960 these rights were confirmed by the passage of “An Act for the Recognition on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”

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Residents of the Ravines cheer on the Ottawa Senators during the Sens-Leafs game Feb. 6. ity to get to an NHL game in person and enjoy the comforts of being in a suite. The Ravines was a perfect fit. “The residents love hockey, and they are always getting together and wearing their jerseys when there is a game on,” Spidell said. “We have a big, beautiful theatre room, and it

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was perfect for the event. The residents had a hockey party in the Ravines theatre to watch the Olympics last winter. It was of special interest to everyone at the Ravines as Spidell’s brother, Eric O’Dell, was playing for Team Canada.

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Austin Bennett had a shut out as the Raiders blanked the Seaway Valley Rapids 1-0 in their playoff opener. Ryan Tracey scored from Logan Colebrook and Logan Prudhomme in the first for the game’s only goal. In Game 2, the Rapids scored the winning goal with 1:08 left in the third period as they were 3-2 victors. Logan Dundas and Logan Prudhomme scored for the Raiders with assists going to Yoanna Peng, Ben Schmidt and Ryan Tracey. Game 3 was in Cornwall Mon., Feb. 11, and the series remained tied as the final score was 5-5.

Logan Dundas had two goals and an assist, and Logan Prudhomme and Yoanna Peng each had a goal and an assist. Cameron Coady also scored. Ben Schmidt had three assists for the Raiders with Samuel Bloye and Ryan Tracey each adding one. The Rapids won the series Feb. 13 with a 1-0 win at the Nepean Sportsplex.

Minor Atom A

The Nepean Raiders opened their playoff series against Gloucester at the Minto Rec Centre with a 3-1 win Feb. 5. All goals were scored in the first period. Liam Kelly scored from Brayden Bennett, Dean Sloan scored from Reid Harper, and Logan Stonerback scored from Sloan and Harper.

Jack Ostapyk was the winning goalie. The teams met again Feb. 9 and played to a 1-1 tie. Barron Burris scored for the Rangers in the first period while Liam Kelly scored from Hudson Henderson late in the third period to tie the game. On Mon., Feb. 11, the teams tied 1-1. Liam Kelly scored from Brayden Bennett and Cole Stants for the Raiders, while Evan Graham scored for the Rangers. The Raiders won the series on Feb. 13 at the Earl Armstrong Arena with a 2-1 win. David Buchman and Hudson Henderson scored, with Liam Hayes assisting both goals. Tanner MacDonald was the winning goal. The Raiders opened their second round series Feb. 16

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The Raiders lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Kanata Blazers at the Minto Rec Centre Feb. 7. On Feb. 15, the Raiders lost 3-2 to Gloucester. Tyler Norman scored from Blake Wood, and Ellyott Dundas scored from Jack Howell.

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The Cumberland Panthers scored a pair of unanswered goals to earn a 3-3 comefrom-behind tie with the Nepean Raiders at the Walter Baker Centre Mon., Feb. 4. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the first as Dax-

ton Markwick scored from Chase Clement and Cameron Stanley, and Stefano Cesario scored an unassisted goal. Clement added a goal from Stanley in the second. Dylan Kennedy scored all three Cumberland goals. On Feb. 7, the Raiders hosted the Eastern Ontario Cobras at the Walter Baker Centre. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead as Ethan Slipacoff scored an unassisted goal and Daxton Markwick scored on the power play from Chase Clement and Ryan Coughlan. Zachary Dion tied the game for the Cobras by scoring with one second left on the clock. On Feb. 9 in Cornwall, the Cobras took a 3-1 lead in points in their series, edging the Raiders 4-3. Stefano Cesario scored

a power play goal in the second from Andrew Pickering and Cameron Stanley. Trailing 4-1 in the third, the Raiders made it close as Antonio Zito scored from Daxton Markwick, and Andrew Pickering scored unassisted. On Feb. 15, the Raiders evened the series with a 3-0 win. Owen Boville had the shutout, and Daxton Markwick had a pair of power play goals. Ryan Cornell added an empty net goal. Ryan Coughlan, Chase Clement and Ashton St. Germain had assists. On Sat., Feb. 16, the Raiders won the series with a thrilling 1-0 win. Andrew MacKibbon had the shutout, and Daxton Markwick scored the winner from Ryan Coughlan with just 1:26 left to play.

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Major Atom AA

The Kanata Blazers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Raiders 5-2 Feb. 6 in Kanata. Thomas Vandenberg scored from Max Mews, and Isaac McMillan scored from Matas Bubelevicius and Christian Zappavinga. On Feb. 9, the teams met again and the Raiders evened the series at two points each with a 3-1 win. Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Raiders scored three straight goals. Mario Giannetti scored on the power play from Max Mews, Thomas Vandenberg scored from Devran Brown, and Tommy Mullen scored an insurance goal from James Lake and Brown. Callum Clare was the winning goalie. The Raiders and Blazers tied 3-3 in the third game of their series on Feb. 11. Max Mews and Xavier Tessier scored unassisted goals for the Raiders, with Mario Giannetti scoring the tying goal with seven seconds left to play from Christian Zappavinga and Charlie Mews. On Feb. 15, the teams tied once again, playing to a 2-2 draw to keep the five-point series deadlocked at 4-4. Nick Voisey scored a power play goal in the first from Max Mews and Preston Charron. With Kanata ahead 2-1, Thomas Vandenberg scored a power play goal with 2:18 left to play from Voisey and Matas Bubelevicius to tie the game and force a fifth and deciding game. The deciding game was Sun., Feb. 16, and the Blazers advanced to the next round with a 4-1 win. Thomas Vandenberg scored the lone Raiders goal from Tommy Mullen. Minor Pee Wee AA Zachary Venance and Harry Nansi each scored three goals and Lior Buchler had three as-

sists as the Raiders beat the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings 8-0 at the Bell Arena Fri., Feb. 8. Braden Ho and Jacob Warnes also scored. Ricky Wilson had two assists with one each going to James Hughson and Chase Hull. Jaeden Nelson had the shutout. The following day, the Kings bounced back with a 4-2 win to tie their series in Athens. Callum Hartnell and Gabriel Bergeron scored for the Raiders with Braden Ho and Zachary Venance earning assists. The third game of the series was played at the Howard Darwin Arena Sun., Feb. 10 with the teams tying 3-3. Trevor Tangalin scored from Zachary Venance and Gabriel Bergeron scored from Max Shewfelt and Harry Nansi in the second period. The Raiders trailed 3-2 late in the third, but Tristan Boudreau scored an unassisted power play goal with just over two minutes left to give the Raiders a tie. On Fri., Feb. 15 in Chesterville, Jaeden Nelson had his second shutout of the series as the Raiders finally put away the Kings with a 4-0 win. Lior Buchler scored from Gabriel Bergeron and Tristan Boudreau scored from Buchler and Zachary Venance in the first period. In the third, Harry Nansi scored from Chase Hull, and then Hull added an empty net shorthanded goal from Buchler to clinch the win and the series.

Major Pee Wee AA

On Feb. 9 in Pembroke, the Raiders and the Upper Ottawa Valley aces opened their first round series with a 1-1 tie. Jesse Henry scored from Vincent Belok and George Zouzoulas. The following day at the Bell Arena, the Aces took a 3-1 lead in the series with a 6-3 win over the Raiders. Nathan Hovila scored twice and Robert Steenbakkers had one for Nepean. Alessandro Lapietra, Jack Hawken and Liam Monaghan each had assists.

The Major Bantam AA Raiders net one of their five goals against Kanata at the Minto Rec Centre on Feb. 14. The Raiders beat the Blazers 5-1 in their five-point series. Jeff Morris photo The Raiders fought off elimination and tied the series Feb. 14 with a 2-1 win in Beachburg. Jack Hawken scored from Lucas DeBruyn in the first, and Connor Ronberg scored in the second from Steenbakkers and Hawken. Alex Beaulne was the winning goalie. The Raiders kept their momentum Feb. 16 with a 3-1 win. Vincent Belok scored from Noah Daher and Nathan Hovila in the first, and Laim Monahaghan scored from Ben Robinson and George Zouzoulas in the third. The Aces got one back late in the period, but DeBruyn clinched the win with an empty net goal in the dying seconds. Andy Fraser was the winning goalie.

Minor Bantam AA

The Nepean Raiders beat the Ottawa Silver Seven 5-3 Feb. 7 in West Carleton as they opened up their Hockey Eastern Ontario playoff series. Jonas Pasian scored twice for the Raiders with one each going to Aidan Conroy, Tyson Parker and Thomas Gallivan. Assists went to Gallivan, Scott Wirvin, Declan McCarthy, Mateo Mongeon, Jake Shephard, Jaidon Genereux and Shawn MacDonald. Andrew Brooks was the winning goalie.

For the Silver Seven, James Patchell, Zac Soifer and Owen Smetham each had a goal and an assist. Aidan Boisvenue and Ethan Manninen also added assists. In the second game of the series on Feb. 9, the Raiders scored four goals in the third period to take a 6-2 win. Tyson Parker had a fourpoint night with a goal and three assists, and Jaidon Genereux and Daiwen Jia each had a goal and two assists. Scott Wirvin had a goal and an assist, and Wade Boudrias netted the eventual winner. Jonas Pasian and Ben MacMullen each added assists. Zachary Renaud was the winning goalie. For the Silver Seven, Aidan Boisvenue and Alex McGlade scored with Owen Smethan, Jonah Young and Declan Thompson earning assists. The Raiders won the series

Feb. 13 with a 6-5 win. Jaidon Genereux had two goals and an assist for the Raiders while Scott Wirvin, Shawn MacDonald and Tyson Parker each had a goal and an assist. Mateo Mongeon also scored. Thoams Gallivan had two assists with one going to Jonas Pasian. Andrew Brooks was the winning goalie. For the Silver Seven, Alex McGlade scored two goals with Ethan Hanmer, Carson McEwen and Declan Thompson each scoring one. Thompson, Kieran Campbell, Jonah Young, Alex Tornberg, Sam Drummond, James Patchell and Ethan Manninen all had assists.

Major Bantam AA

The Nepean Raiders got shut out goaltending from Maximus Analytis and Matthew O’Doherty scored twice as they opened their playoff series

against Kanata with a 5-0 win. Braeydon Fenn, Ryan Robichaud and Brandon Reinisch each had a goal and an assist, and Marco Peloso and Thomas Jones each had a pair of assists. Luke Richardson also had an assist. The teams met again Feb. 10 in Kanata with the Raiders winning 11-3. Connor Platt scored four goals, Thomas Jones scored three, Mason MacNeil had a goal and three assists, Sam Edwards had a goal and an assist, and singles went to Matthew O’Doherty and Francesco Sicoli. Justin Wammes, Finn Almstedt, Braeydon Fenn and Brandon Reinsch each had two assists with one each going to Marco Peloso, Luke Richardson and Ryan Robichaud. Ethan Dinsdale was the winning goalie.


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MegaCity Promotions Three Stars of the Week Jaeden Nelson had a pair of shutouts for the Minor Pee Wee AA Raiders as they defeated the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings in their first round playoff series. Connor Platt scored four goals for the Major Bantam AA Raiders as they beat Kanata 11-3. Mario Giannetti’s goal with seven seconds left to play gave the Major Atom AA Raiders a 3-3 tie with Kanata.

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shutouts continues from page 14 Game 3 was played Feb. 14 at the Minto Rec Centre and the teams tied 5-5 to give the Raiders a 5-1 series win. Justin Wammes, Luke Richardson, Mason MacNeil, Ryan Robichaud and Connor Platt scored for the Raiders. Francesco Sicoli had two assists with one each going to Marco Peloso, Matthew Stoppa and Matthew O’Doherty.

Minor Midget AA

Jayden Proulx had a hat trick as the Raiders beat the Seaway Valley Rapids 6-2

Feb. 5 to open their five-point playoff series. Thomas Oey, Matteo Disipio and Logan Lemay each scored while Proulx, Kyle Nehme, Costa Touliopoulos, Keivon Jafari and James Cherrie all added assists. Matthew Voisey was the winning goalie. On Feb. 9, the teams met again with Seaway Valley scoring three goals in the third period for a 5-3 come-frombehind win. Bowen Gaceta, Sebastian Mariani and Sam Edwards scored with Matteo Disipio

earning two assists and Costa Touliopoulos picking up one. The Raiders took a 4-2 series lead with a 6-0 win Feb. 13 in Barrhaven. Matthew Voisey had the shutout. Logan Lemay scored twice with Max Saito and Jayden Proulx each had a goal and an assist. Sam Edwards also scored. Costa Touliopoulos had three assists, Bowen Gaceta had two, and one each went to Aidan Schwartzentruber and Mateo Disipio. The Raiders finished off the series with a 6-2 win over

the Grads Feb. 14. Kyle Filion had a pair of goals with one each going to Stephen Brennan, Alex Bergeron, Joshua Manconi and Andrew Ward. Jared Brush had four assists, Nathan Lassenba had three, and Finn McSwiggan had two. On Feb. 15, the Raiders opened up their second round series with the Seaway Valley Rapids. Costa Tuliopoulos had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 Raiders win. Jakob Bennett had a goal and an assist, and Matteo Disipio and Ryan Childerhose also scored. Lo-

gan Lemay had two assists with Marco Peloso, Jack Gasperetti and Max Saito earning one each. Matthew Voisey was the winning goalie.

Major Midget AA

Kyle Dillabough and Nathan Lassenba each scored twice as the Raiders beat Cumberland 6-1 in their Hockey Eastern Ontario playoff opener Feb. 7 at the Howard Darwin Arena. Kyle Filkion had a goal and an assist, and Finn McSwiggan also scored. Lassenba, who had four points

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