The NGS Peewee C Braves captured the A championship at their home tournament in Finch on January 20.
NGS scored a decisive 7-2 victory over the South Grenville Rangers in the final. Dayton Vachon led the charge offensively with four goals while Lance Watkins potted a pair and Eric Richer added a single in the win. Josh Uhr earned the victory in goal and Bobby Robinson picked up an assist. The Braves put the game away after a scoreless first period by scoring three goals in the second period and another four in the third.
“We had a great team effort in the tournament,” said head coach Chris Uhr. “I think our team played really well defensively and kept the opponent’s scoring chances limited. It felt great especially to see all the family support our team received for our final game. I don’t think the kids expected so many people. For the most part, the kids showed great sportsmanship, especially in the final game.”
The Braves reached the final after winning both of their round robin games. In their opener against the South Dundas Lions, NGS captured a 6-2 victory. Richer scored a hatrick in the win while Aaron Paul scored two goals and an assist and Watkins had a goal and an assist. Jessie Lebrun also had two helpers in the win. The Braves broke open a tight game scoring four goals in the third period.
In their second match, NGS skated to a 6-0 win over the Nepean Raiders. Uhr was flawless in goal recording the shutout. Vachon netted two goals and Jaydon Lamoureux, Richer, Paul and Watkins all added singles. Watkins, Vachon, Ian Casselman, Robinson, Tony Brazeau and Caleb Hardy all handed out assists. Uhr praised Lamoureux who scored his first goal of the season, and he thought perhaps his first goal ever as a Brave.
“The win might be the highlight of the season for most,” said Uhr. “Some were nervous starting the last game. I think some are eying another prize but they know they have to play their best for that to happen.”