Shinny squads golden at OWHA championships

LYNNE BERMEL

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET

Led by leading scorer Veronica Johnson and supported by goaltender Kayla Thompson, the Ottawa Ice peewee BB team won in convincing fashion last weekend at the OWHA championships in Mississauga.

The Ice, the only Ottawa team to strike gold at the event, went undefeated, running roughshod over the Whitby Wolves, Etobicoke Dolphins, Stoney Creek Sabres and Oakville Hornets before taking it to the Sudbury Wolves (4-1) in the final.

"What a way to cap a successful year of rebuilding," said coach Claudio Colaiacovo. "We had only three returning players from last year's provincial silver medal team, so we worked hard all year after regrouping and reloading in the fall. This was a real exclamation mark to the end the season."

Over in Newmarket, another Ottawa team was making waves of its own. The Ottawa Senators women's intermediate team also struck gold at Provincial Women's Hockey League championship.

The Senators, who receive support from their NHL namesake, beat Kitchener-Waterloo in five games of in the first round of the playoffs, including a replay of Game 5 due to a protest by Kitchener.

They beat Cambridge in four games in round two, won in overtime against the Durham Lightning (1-0) in the semis and defeated the Toronto Aeros 5-3 in the final.

"The team really peaked at the perfect time," said coach Krista Black.

Eleven the players are off to attend universities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Nepean Wildcats bantam BB team won a silver medal, losing 2-1 to Northwest of Thunder Bay in the final.

Smiling FACEs

Water polo standout Jessica Gaudreault and her coach, David Hart, are one step closer to realizing their Olympic dreams after being named recipients of the 2009 Petro-Canada Fueling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) program.

They'll be receiving $8,000 they can use on anything from training to travel to help achieve national carded status. Since the program started 30 years ago, FACE has provided more than 2,300 athletes and coaches with more than $7 million in funding.

Running to glory

Gatineau's Mark Shindel won the Ottawa Physio 10K in 35:18, while Jim Fullarton of Peterborough (35:50) and Ottawa's Adrian Becklumb (36:31) were second and third respectively. In the women's race, Helen Tremblay of Ottawa hit the tape first in 41:58, followed by Nathalie Gauthier of Peterborough (43:16) and Ottawa's Aimee Sutton 43:52).

Ottawa's Dave Kary took the men's 5K in 17:13, followed by Simon Shearman of Almonte (17:32) and Joe Ross of Ottawa (17:48). Stacey Lance won the women's race (18:38), followed by Ottawa's Sherry Carson (19:44) and Kathy Bradley (20:52)

Millar top Canadian

Perth's Ian Millar tied for 14th at the 2009 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. He was the top Canadian. Canada has won three World Cup titles previously.

Hall of Fame dinner

The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, the proceeds of which will go to supporting disadvantaged children in the Christie Lake program, will be held May 5 at Scotiabank Place.

The dinner will welcome five new members to its Hall of Honour, located on Scotiabank's 200-level concourse.

Inductees include Howard Joseph Riopelle, who played 159 games in the NHL for Montreal; Al Charron, the second international rugby player to play in four Rugby World Cups; Joan Hendry, Olympic long jumper; Bob Ferguson, longtime sportswriter, TV host and broadcaster and Pat Reid, community builder.

For more, visit ottawa-sportshalloffame.com.

LYNNEBERMEL@ROGERS.COM


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