Few people would have bet on the snowy owls from the school of the Triplets a few days ago. Lining up three players from the region, the training sherbrooke has nevertheless reached the final of the class AAA Tournament international de hockey bantam de Granby. But it is rather the Elites de Beauce-Appalaches, winners by the score of 2-1, which took home the top honors.
The Elites have slowed down the return of the snowy owls, which have saved the furniture with a silver medal after two defeats amazing in the beginning of the tournament.
Jacob Mathieu has made all the difference in the ultimate game. The captain of the Beauce-Appalaches grabbed a rebound to break the tie early in the third period.
The outcome of the game has been particularly cruel to the young Thomas Bégin, who had missed an opportunity to tie the game on a penalty shot.
“It is necessary to give the credit to our opponents, who have allowed only one goal on thirty shots. I do not believe that we had a poor performance… “, stressed the head coach of the snowy owls, Samuel Collard.
“The match could have gone to one side or the other. Everyone has worked very hard. We could have won, ” added the defender granbyen, Olivier Robert. The attacker cowansvillois Charles Cléroux believes that his club deserved better in the final. “There simply isn’t taken advantage of our opportunities “, has corroborated his teammate at the snowy owls, Isaac Tremblay, who is a native of Granby.
Cléroux has raised three points in six games in this tournament, one more than Tremblay. For his part, Robert has been ruled out of the score sheet.
Rated second in the hockey League of excellence of Quebec (LHEQ), the snowy owls were theoretically the big favorites in Granby. Despite the feeling of disappointment that loomed on Sunday, coach Collard, believes that his team will learn of this positive second final in as many tournaments.
“It bodes well for the Coupe Dodge “, he slipped.
With a crop of 13 points in six parts, the attacker Elite Xavier Labbé has earned the title of mvp in the prestigious class AAA. His team ranks sixth in the LHEQ.
“Great adventure “
Three other finals were scheduled on Sunday to close the tournament.
The class Has had a strong international flavor, as the Ice Dome in Mexico city, was in the Orleans Rush of Ottawa. The representatives of Latin America have dominated their opponents en route to a win of 6-2. The triumph of the Ice Dome is definitely one of the best stories of this edition 2019. “We have faced good teams, but our young people have played with heart and determination throughout the tournament. They live a great adventure in coming to play in Canada. We had no expectations, we just wanted to do our best “, explained the assistant coach of the Ice Dome, Eduardo Valencia.
“The important thing is to allow our players to improve, to practice a sport that they love. ”
Mr. Valencia had anything to be proud of his son, Daniel, who has amassed two goals and three assists in the final. Ander Quizanos has also scored a brace.
The Mariners euphoric
Level bantam BB, the Mariners Sorel-Tracy have snatched a victory (3-2) against the Lynx of the Haute-Beauce. Ezekiel Dubé-Milhomme has played the hero by scoring on a breakaway with only ten seconds remaining in the third period. Its purpose has literally sown the euphoria at the bench of Sailors.
The Vics of the Haute-Yamaska had big ambitions in this same category, but rather, they have been hampered by the Sorel-Tracy in the quarter-finals.
Finally, in the class AA women, the Elites of the eastern Townships are taxed at the account of a 2-1 victory against the Mistral des Laurentides. Melina Blais has leveled the scoring in the first period, before seeing her teammate Mary-Jane Martineau put the winning goal.
Earlier in the day, the Bad Girls Yamaska-Missisquoi had lowered the flag in the semi-final.
Only one club in the region will, therefore, have been crowned in the framework of the 49th Tournament bantam de Granby, the Husky 1 of Cowansville, in the B, in the final that had been contested last week.