Congratulations to the Wawa Midget Legionnaires for winning the NOHA Midget C Championship.
On Friday, March 18th, the NOHA Midget Playdowns were held in Wawa. Following the singing of “O Canada” by Isabella Imperatori, the Wawa Midget Legionnaires faced off against the Sault Bayview Athletics.
Joshua MacDonnell started the team off with a goal less than three minutes into the game. Assists went to Alex Lacroix and Dylan Buckell. Three minutes hadn’t even passed and Dylan Buckell brought the score up another notch for Wawa, with an unassisted goal. Wawa led 2-0. With 5 minutes remaining in the 1st period the Athletics scored. The period ended 2-1 in favour of Wawa.
The second period saw both teams struggling – one to keep the lead and one to take the lead. With 32 seconds remaining, Jacob McRury brought Wawa ahead by another goal. This one was assisted by Brandon Vachon-Case and Dylan Buckell. Wawa led 3-1 at the end of the 2nd.
Two minutes into the 3rd period Brandon Vachon-Case increased Wawa’s lead to 4-1, assisted by Jacob McRury and Jeffery McLaughlin. Only two minutes later, Tyler Raiche passed to Devon Benoit who beat the Bayview goalie, giving Wawa a 5-1 lead. With 10 minutes remaining the Sault managed one last goal and the game ended 5-2 in favor of the Legionnaires
Goaltender for Wawa – Austen Egan. MVP award for Wawa went to Jacob McRury .
Opening ceremonies were held after this 1st game, with all four teams being escorted onto the ice by a Wawa Minor Hockey Atom Player and each team was introduced. Thank you to Atom players Simon Bouffard, Talus Laing, Bradley Proulx and Peter Banks for a job well done!
On Saturday at 11:50 a.m. the Legionnaires faced off against the Sault Sabres. Maxime Samson put Wawa in the lead 1-0 with a quick goal, assisted by Alex Lacroix. Moments later, Joshua MacDonnell had his arm slashed by a skate. After receiving excellent care by the team’s Trainer John Egan, Joshua was taken to the hospital for stitches. He was given the green light to play the rest of the tournament. Later in the first Brandon Vachon-Case scored, assisted by Dylan Buckell. Wawa led 2-0 at the end of the 1st period.
In the second period Jake McRury increased Wawa’s lead with another goal, this one assisted by Dylan Buckell and Brandon-Vachon Case. The second ended with Wawa leading 3-0.
The third period started off with the same trio putting Wawa ahead another point, but this goal went to Brandon Vachon-Case and was assisted by Dylan Buckell and Jake McRury. Dylan Buckell scored Wawa’s 5th goal, assisted by Devon Benoit and Alex Lacroix. One final unassisted goal by Dylan Buckell, ended the game 6-0 in Wawa’s favor.
Goaltender for Wawa – Cain Miller. MVP award for Wawa went to Goaltender – Cain Miller.
At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Legionnaires were up against West Ferris. Tanner Paddock put Wawa on the scoreboard less than 20 seconds into the game, assisted by Maxime Samson and Tyler Raiche. At the end of the first period Wawa remained in the lead 1-0.
Less than a minute into the second period Alex Lacroix scored, assisted by Joshua MacDonnell, giving Wawa a 2-0 lead. West Ferris came back though with two quick goals and tied the game 2-2. The second period was physical, and a lot of penalties were dished out to the Legionnaires. They pushed on and with 2:19 left on the clock, Jarett Asselin scored, putting Wawa ahead 3-2. Assists went to Tanner Paddock and Jake McRury. As time was running out, West Ferris managed to tie the game and the second period ended 3-3.
Dylan Buckell started the team off strong in the third period with a quick goal for Wawa, assisted by Alex Lacroix. It was now 4-3 for Wawa. Alex Lacroix then scored an unassisted goal with 11:40 remaining on the clock to give Wawa a 5-3 lead. Wawa’s caliber of hockey had picked up considerably and with 4:08 remaining, Brandon Vachon-Case widened the lead, with the assists going to Dylan Buckell and Alex Lacroix. It was now 6-3 for the Legionnaires. Not a minute had passed since Wawa scored and West Ferris came right back at ’em and scored. The game ended 6-4 in favour of the Wawa Legionnaires!
Goaltender – Austen Egan. MVP Award for Wawa went to Devon Benoit.
This third consecutive win put Wawa in 1st place and in position to play for the Championship on Sunday, March 20th at 12:50.
Championship Game – Wawa vs West Ferris
Following the singing of “O Canada” by Carole Bouffard, the Championship game was soon underway.
With 9:59 remaining in the first period, Joshua MacDonnell put Wawa on the scoreboard, assisted by Dylan Buckell. Less than 20 seconds later, Brandon Vachon-Case scored Wawa’s second goal right from the face off- unassisted. The first period ended with Wawa in the lead 2-0.
The teams battled closely in the second period. West Ferris scored, but Wawa was still in the lead; the period ended 2-1.
It was now the third period and the Legionnaires needed another goal in order to increase their lead. With 8:55 left in the third period, Alex Lacroix sent a pass from deep in his own end past centre ice, sending Dylan Buckell in on a break-away. Dylan faked a slapshot and then backhanded it past the goalie. Wawa now led 3-1. Thirteen seconds later an unassisted goal by Brandon-Vachon Case saw the Legionnaires bump up their lead by 3 goals. Legionnaires led 4-1. And that, my fellow fans is how the game ended – Wawa Legionnaires won the Gold, brought the NOHA Tournament of Champions banner home to Wawa and put a smile on their fans faces. The “Entire” team is to be congratulated for winning this tournament, as it was most definitely a “team” effort.
Goaltender for Wawa – Austen Egan – MVP award went to Brandon Vachon-Case.
Missing from the Legionnaires line-up was Rikki-Lee Morin who was unable to play due to injuries from previous games. Rikki-Lee donned her Wawa Jersey, watched from the stands and cheered on her fellow team mates in a show of support throughout the entire tournament.
Wawa Midget “C” Legionnaires Line-up : Goaltenders – Austen Egan; Cain Miller; Cody Egan
Forwards: Dylan Buckell, Jeffery McLaughlin, Rikki-Lee Morin; Joshua MacDonnell, Brandon Vachon-Case, Tanner Paddock, Tyler Raiche, Lina Perrier; Devon Benoit; Jake McRury;
Defense: Alex Lacroix, Spencer Hall, Jarett Asselin, Maxim Samson
Coaching Staff: Head Coach : Claude Samson, Assistant Coaches: Dave Hall, Marcel Lewis, Chris Buckell,
Trainer: John Egan, Manager: Liz Egan
The Wawa Midget “C” Legionnaire Players and Coaching staff are to be commended on a great performance and an awesome year. The team played very few league games and were successful in winning gold at 3 of the 5 Tournaments they participated in. Two of those tournaments were held right here on home ice! Congratulations