The Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' hockey team opened the season with a tournament triumph in Rochester (New York) earlier this month. At the Sept. 16-18 competition, the Rapids went undefeated, earning the championship of the Monarch Battle Royal AAA Tournament Series for players born in 2007.
SVR faced off with five teams over the weekend, defeating each team by a large margin. Strong skating, consistent passing, intensive offence, and solid defence were keys to the success.
“During game play, the players impressed the bench with their tenacity and their cohesion,” states head coach Miguel Delisle. “The players’ hard work and commitment over the last month of practices certainly paid off.”
Game scoring summaries for round-robin play and the championship final are as follows:
Game 1: SVR (5) vs. Kingston Jr. Frontenacs (1)
Goals were scored by Tristan Delisle, Owen Corput, and Parker Thompson. Assists were earned by Delisle and Corput.
Game 2: SVR (9) vs. Amherst Knights (1)
Goals were pocketed by Delisle, Corput, Dean Fawthrop, and Jensen White. Assists were awarded to Corput, Fawthrop, Ayden Baumann, Parker Thompson, and Chancey Novosad.
Game 3: SVR (10) vs. Rochester Monarchs (0)
Goals were netted by P. Thompson, Delisle, and White. Assists were logged by Logan Villeneuve, P. Thompson, Hunter Thompson, and Alex Delormier.
Game 4: SVR (4) vs. Rochester Grizzlies (0)
Goals were logged by Delisle. Assists were notched by Fawthrop, Novosad, White, and Delormier.
Game 5: SVR (11) vs. Wheatfield Blades (0)
Goals were scored by Delisle, Corput, P. Thompson, Novosad, H. Thompson, Fawthrop, and Delormier. Assists were earned by Fawthrop, Delisle, White, and P. Thompson.
Championship Final: SVR (5) vs. Rochester Monarchs (0)
Goals were notched by Fawthrop, Corput, and Delisle. Assists were awarded to Delisle, Fawthrop, and Corput.
The defensive squad, led by goalie tandem Eli Seguin and Tristan Pacquette, performed solidly throughout tournament play, allowing only three goals over six games. Defensively, the team has proven it will be a tough unit to break through, while offensively, the SVR team is certain to put opposing defensive squads under pressure.
League play for the Minor Atom team begins September 25th in Maxville at 5PM against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven.
– files from Carrie Seguin
Back from left: Miguel Delisle (Head Coach), Scott “Butter” Thompson (Assistant Coach), Peter Bowen (Assistant Coach), and Mark Novosad (Trainer). Middle row: Ayden Baumann, Parker Thompson, Tristan Delisle, Jensen White, Hunter Thompson, Alex Delormier (behind), Logan Villeneuve, and Dean Fawthrop. In front: Chancey Novosad, Tristan Pacquette, Gabrielle Bowan, Owen Corput, and Eli Seguin.