Better news for other area single-letter clubs
BY MICHAEL PIASETZKI
While qualified local Lac St. Louis Hockey Association double-letter hockey teams prepared for the upcoming Dodge Cup provincial tournament last weekend, it was area single-letter teams that took centre stage.
The Dorval Arena and Peter Morin Arena in Lachine hosted a slew of regional tournament championship matches from atom to midget levels. Autonomous from the playoffs, the regional tourney featured single-letter squads that shone during the regular season. A unique double-knockout tournament, it brought together teams from different leagues, and was also a second chance for clubs that might have stumbled during the playoffs to go on a successful run and come away with at least one title.
Nine West-Island based teams took to the ice to play for regional titles, including the bantam B Lakeshore Jaguars, who, despite giving it a solid effort, simply could not light the red light, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Mercier Braves on Sunday afternoon at Pete Morin Arena. The game was up for grabs for both sides until, with about five minute left to play in the third period, the Braves finally scored to take the lead on a blooper that went over goaltender Eric Schyle’s arm and trickled into the net. They then sewed things up with two empty net markers in the final minute of play. “We have said all season that our team has two sides,” said Jags head coach Jerry Roy. “A winning team and a losing team. During the playoffs, the losing one came out. But during the regional tournament, the winning side emerged, and even though we lost this one, the coaching staff still considers our boys winners.”
While the news was not so good for the bantam B Jags, it was much better for the novice A West Island Remparts, novice B Lakeshore Jaguars, novice C Lakeshore Jaguars, atom A Ile Perrot Oceanic, atom B Ile Bizard Eagles and atom C Dollard des Ormeaux Civics. Each captured regional championships.