Robert Caparelli got the Ottawa West Golden Knights started in the championship of the Pembroke Regional Silver Stick tournament Sunday and his teammates never let the Cumberland Barons get up off the mat in a decisive 5-1 victory.
Caparelli's goal mid-way through the first period was followed by scores from John Quilty and Ben Bell in the second frame, and two more goals from Peter Vallee and Kelly Adkin in the third. Goalie Peter Karlsen, meanwhile, was shutting down the Barons. He allowed just a goal by J.D. Trahan in the second period.
In the semi-finals, the Knights had all they could handle as Vallee scored in overtime to edge the Capital Crusaders 1-0. Goalie Jeremy Kearns got the shutout, while Jordan Martin had duelled with him all game in the Crusaders net. Cumberland had knocked off Hespeler 4-2 as James Campbell had a three-point game -- including two goals -- and linemate Luc Tessier had a goal and assist.
In the B division, the Campbelford Colts knocked off the Marinier d'Aylmer 2-0 in the final as Kirk Newton had a goal and assist and Jamie McKelvie the shutout.
The Colts had another close game in the semi, edging Petawawa 2-0, while Aylmer scored three power-play goals en route to a 4-0 win over the Renfrew Timberwolves. In that game, Ryan Hartley got the shutout, while Phillippe Levellee, Scott Chaput, Andrew Young and Serge Poirier had the goals.
The C crown went to the Tweed Hawks, 4-1 over the Norwood Hornets. The Muskrat Voyageurs had given Tweed a real run in the semi-final, getting goals from Jeffrey Vereyken and Mitchell Crozier in a narrow 3-2 loss. Tweed's Preston Haines got his second goal of the game with 26 seconds to play to win it for the Hawks.
GHA CHAMPS: The Mississippi Thunder Kings minor bantam B reps gave up just three goals en route to the championship of the GHA Roger Senecal tourney on the weekend. The Kings ended their weekend with a 4-1 win over host Gloucester in the final as Mark Craig, Kane Abbis Mills, Ryan Santos and Tanner Knight scored. Mississippi opened with a 4-2 win over Kanata as Abbis Mills scored twice, shut out Orleans 3-0 as Brandon Timmins and Quincy Roberts each had a goal and assist, and then blanked the East Ottawa Voyageurs 5-0 as Blake Fee and Santos had a goal and assist apiece.
INVADERS ROLL ON: The midget BB Russell Invaders girls captured their second straight tournament championship Sunday, earning some payback against the Kitchener Rangers with a 1-0 victory in the final of an event in Peterborough. Michel Bouwhuis scored the lone goal with about six minutes left in the game and goalie Rachel MacLaurin earned her second shutout of the weekend. Earlier, Russell went 2-2 in the double round-robin preliminary games, including a 3-1 loss to Kitchener in the opener as Kaitlin Deavy had the lone goal. Emily Stall netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Etobicoke, then the Invaders fell again to Kitchener by a 1-0 count before qualifying for the final with a 3-1 win over Etobicoke as Caroline Savage, Jennifer Quinn and Deavy scored.
KIWANIS UPDATE: The premiere midget tourney in the region, the Gatineau Kiwanis International event, is gearing up to host 40 teams from across North America from Jan. 3-8. The host Gatineau Intrepide will be seeking their third straight championship in the elite AAA division, against such teams as the St. John's Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Detroit Little Caesars, Moncton Flyers and the Gloucester Rangers. The AA event will feature the defending champion Sherbrooke Castors (they played last year as the Orford Faucons), the Palm Beach, Fla., Ice Hawks, Grosse Point, Mich., Colorado Arvada and the Outaouais Intrepide among others.
BEST ON ICE: The ODMHL holds its Player Appreciation Day games Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre on Walkley Rd. Other than the Major Midget Showcase, these are not "all-star" games per se, but all of the players are among the best from across the region, which stretches from Kingston to the Quebec border and north into the Ottawa Valley. All the players are drawn from the A rep league. Games begin at 9:30 a.m., with the major peewee game, and continue through about 5 p.m., on both rinks. The major midget showcase game goes at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
SLAP SHOTS: The work is beginning in earnest for the Gloucester Rangers 2006 Winterlude Tournament Feb. 4-6. Already confirmed are teams from as far away as Florida and British Columbia. About 60 teams will take part, including 40 from outside the Ottawa region. The tourney is a fundraiser both for the Rangers competitive program, as well as the Kevin Lafortune Fund, which assists kids whose families cannot afford the costs of playing rep hockey.