The Fredericton AAA Peewee Canadiens challenged District contenders in and out of town this weekend, starting with the Pionniers du Nord-Ouest on Saturday at the Aitken University Centre! The Habs were until then on an eight game undefeated streak and were hoping to push this trend further – and they did!!!
#13 Cody Gilbert (from #7 Peter Reynolds and #4 Dawson Breau) opened the score early in the first period for the Canadiens! The Pionniers retaliated several minutes later but their fortune was short-lived as the hometown team took advantage of consecutive powerplays to take their score tally to 4, thanks to #11 Quinn Gorman (from #13 Cody Gilbert and #4 Dawson Breau), #13 Cody Gilbert (from #7 Peter Reynolds) and #7 Peter Reynolds (from #3 Matthey Inch)!!! With 1:40 remaining in the first, #8 Ethan Ross made a spectacular pass to #2 Mackenzie Johnston who patiently waited mid-ice and broke away unhindered towards the Pionniers’ goaltender and got the Canadiens’ fifth score of the period!
The Pionniers claimed three goals of their own in the second period but this only fuelled the Canadiens’ resolve to come out of this match on top! #11 Quinn Gorman (unassisted) and #7 Peter Reynolds (from #14 Jakob Whalen) widened the gap in goals, taking the Canadiens to a 7 – 4 lead over their district rivals!
With both teams scoreless in the third, the Habs clinched yet another victory with Saturday’s 7 – 4 win over the Pionniers!
Sunday afternoon, Canadiens teammates and fans shovelled themselves out of Fredericton and travelled northbound to take on the Bulls in Hartland. The Canadiens were first to post a digit on the clock late in the first period. The Bulls avenged their earlier setback quickly in the second, tying things up for the better part of the period… until the Habs scored again, closing the period with a 2 – 1 lead!
The Canadiens took advantage of a man advantage several minutes into the third period to broaden their lead by another goal. A little over two minutes later, another goal set the Canadiens for success and they held on to their 4 – 1 advantage until the buzzer rang this game to a close!
Credits for the Canadiens’ goals on Sunday afternoon go to #11 Quinn Gorman who had a pair, #7 Peter Reynolds and #10 Cam Thomson!