Bantam Rep Braves win Silver Stick
The NGS Bantam Rep Braves were champions at the Pembroke Silver Stick Tournament on November 23-25.
It didn’t come easily. The Braves opened the event with a 4-1 loss to Clarence-Rockland Crush on Nov. 23 putting themselves in a tough spot from the get-go. The game was a matter of the Crush capitalizing on their few chances and NGS missing out on their many scoring opportunities. Tyler McBain had the lone NGS goal.
On Nov. 24 the Braves started on the winning note, earning a 4-0 decision over Renfrew. Spencer Levac was in goal for the shutout. McBain scored three goals and Callum Nystrom added a single. Noah Ault and Logan Hehn each handed out two assists.
In the evening of Nov. 24 NGS needed a win against Bancroft to keep their playoff round hopes alive, they also needed to win by a big score. Despite outshooting Bancroft heavily in the opening frame, the score finished 1-0 for Bancroft after one period. The Braves continued to fire the puck on net and it paid off as they led 6-1 after two. That’s how the game ended despite another barrage of shots from NGS in the third. Hehn had a five-point outing with three goals and two assists. Ault had a goal and three assists and McBain had a goal and an assist.
While they put themselves in a good spot, NGS needed to wait late into the evening Saturday to find out if they earned a wildcard spot. Finally around 10 p.m. Saturday night they discovered they would be playing in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Facing off against the top-ranked Smiths Falls Bears, NGS won by a 2-0 score. Greg Harps picked up the shutout in a chippy affair. Mederic Jeaurond and McBain scored in victory.
In the semi-finals, NGS earned a shot for revenge against the Crush. NGS scored a 3-1 victory earning a spot in the finals. Connor Atkins scored a pair of goals with McBain adding a single.
In the final the Braves faced the Arnprior Packers. Carrying most of the play throughout the game, NGS ended a goaltender’s duel winning by a 2-1 score. Alex Leroux opened the scoring for NGS with Hehn adding the eventual game-winner.
“After losing the first game we had no chance for error,” said Braves head coach Karl Hehn. “The goalies made the saves required. The defence kept the opposing teams forwards at bay and our forwards grinded and wore the other teams out. We played a great all-around game.”