Young Dom stings the Finns

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

The Ottawa Major Peewee AA Sting can thank their version of "The Dominator" and a quick start for their Bell Capital Cup championship.

Wearing a uniform with similar design and colours as the NHL Senators and playing the championship game of the tournament's Major Peewee AA division on Corel Centre ice, Sting goalie Dominic Plaschy did a fine impression of Dominik Hasek yesterday.

He stopped the first 18 shots fired his way by the Jokerit club from Helsinki in the final and was moments away from a shutout.

The Finnish club scored on a power play and with their goalie out for an extra attacker with 17 seconds remaining, but that didn't ruin the celebration by the Ottawa players.

They mobbed Plaschy for his efforts, surrounding him and patting him on the back after a 3-1 victory.

Plaschy received the MVP honour for his team after the game, and was clearly thrilled with the win, the second tournament victory by the Sting of the season.

He would have preferred to have been able to get through those final 17 seconds without allowing a goal, but the fact his team was able to emerge as champions in a difficult tournament provided enough satisfaction.

"It was pretty exciting. We don't usually play in front of that many people," Plaschy said about the crowd of approximately 1,000 spectators that watched yesterday's final.

"It was big ice and it felt really different. It was weird at first and you've got to get used to it, but we played pretty good."

Especially in the opening minute, when the Sting blitzed the Jokerit side with two quick goals after the opening faceoff.

Matthew Rosebrook got the first, driving to the net and tipping the puck into the Finnish goal after taking a great cross-crease pass from Jeffery Clarke 11 seconds into the game.

Then Dalen Hedges swooped in on a loose puck in the slot a few moments later and gave the Sting a 2-0 advantage.

TRICKY SAVES

Plaschy made several tricky saves later in the game to preserve the two-goal advantage.

The Sting got more breathing room with 68 seconds left on a goal by Adam Perras.

Ottawa lost its first game of the tournament, a 1-0 setback to the Santa Clara (Calif.) Blackhawks on Thursday, but rallied with three straight wins to reach the final, including a 3-1 victory over the No. 1 seed Gloucester Rangers in a semi-final on Saturday.

"They've beaten us four times in league play, but we upset them," said coach Carl Cameron. "That was a high for the kids."

The upsets continued yesterday when the Sting, unseeded heading into the tournament, dominated No. 2-ranked Jokerit for the championship.

"This team has just been working really hard and we're really proud of them," said Cameron.

There were other championship games involving Ottawa-area teams.

In Atom Major AA, the Nepean Raiders held a 1-0 lead in the third on a goal by Evan Mancini-Welsford, but couldn't hold on in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blues.

The Cumberland Barons downed the Seaway Valley Rapids 4-3 in the Minor Peewee AA final, with Deric Boudreau scoring a hat trick for the Barons.

And in Major Peewee A, Dylan Rodgers scored the winning goal with five minutes remaining in the third to give the Brockville Braves a 2-1 victory over the Capital Crusaders.

Several local teams are involved in championship games at the Corel Centre in today's final day of the tournament.

At 7:15 a.m., the Capital Crusaders take to the ice to face the Orillia Terriers for the Minor Peewee A championship.

In Minor Atom A, the Capital Crusaders Red team meets the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:35 a.m.

At 10 a.m. in Major Atom B, it's the Goulbourn Rams going for a title against the Gananoque Islanders.

And at 12:40 p.m., the Gloucester Cougars and the Oakville Wranglers have a shot at the Atom House A championship.

NEILSON RATINGS: The Toronto Marlboros captured the Minor Peewee AAA elite championship in the Roger Neilson division, beating the Mississauga Rebels 4-1 in yesterday's championship game. The Ottawa Valley Titans reached the semi-final round on Saturday, but lost 5-3 to the Marlies, while the Rebels defeated Detroit Belle Tire 2-0 in the other semi-final ... In Major Peewee AAA, the Quinte Red Devils got goals from Billy Ulrick and Steven Broek to break a tie and held on for a 4-3 victory over Moscow Dinamo ... The Toronto Red Wings scored a 6-0 win over the Mississauga Senators in the Major Atom AAA championship.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com

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