The Wawa Midget Legionnaires hosted the 2011-2012 NOHA Tournament of Champions over the March 23-25, 2012 weekend. As in past years, out of town participation was limited with only two Sault teams registered – the Sault Steel Stitch Kings and the Cutting Edge.
The Legionnaires played their first game against the Stitch Kings on Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. The Legionnaires went on to win this game 3-1. Brandon Vachon-Case scored a pair of goals and the single went to Bradley Vachon-Case. Wawa outshot the Sault 38-24
Cain Miller played net and MVP went to Brandon Vachon-Case.
The second game took place that same night at 8:40 p.m. against the Cutting Edge. A wonderful rendition of “Oh Canada” was performed by Islay Smedley, before the crowd joined in the singing of Happy Birthday to the Legionnaires Joshua MacDonnell. Wawa went on to win this game 11-1. Single goals were scored by Tyrel Spooner, Jarett Asselin, Bradley Vachon-Case and Brian Mills. Joshua MacDonnell and Brandon Vachon-Case each notched a pair of goals and Sam Lacroix had a hat-trick. Wawa outshot the Cutting Edge 44-25.
Jarrett Ralph was goaltender and MVP went to Sam Lacroix.
The Legionnaires third game was played on Saturday at 2:50 p.m., against the Stitch Kings. This was a nail-bitter of a game, but Wawa won this one 3-2. Goals were sored by James Roberge, Brandon Vachon-Case and Tyler Raiche. Wawa outshot the Stitch Kings 35-20.
Goaltender was Cain Miller. MVP went to Yan Gendron.
Saturday evening would see the Legionnaires face off against the Cutting Edge at 7:40 p.m. Wawa came away victorious by a final score of 4-2. Brandon Vachon-Case led the way with a pair and Bradley Vachon-Case added a single. Wawa outshot the Cutting Edge 39-21.
Goaltender was Jarrett Ralph and MVP went to Jarett Asselin
With 4 wins and no losses, Wawa would play the Championship game on Sunday at 12:50 against the Stitch Kings.
Championship game – Sunday at 12:50 p.m. – Wawa Legionnaires vs. the Stitch Kings
Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held in honor of Paul Begin, a life-long Wawa resident and former hockey player, coach, enthusiast and fan.
The Legionnaires played a great final game and did not leave their fans disappointed. They came away with a 5-3 win, bringing home the gold and another banner for Wawa! Goals were scored by Brian Mills, Tyrel Spooner with two, Devon Benoit and Brandon Vachon-Case. Wawa outshot the Stitch Kings 34-19.
Goaltender was Cain Miller.
This was a very taxing and emotional weekend for the team, coaching staff, parents and fans. The style of hockey was fast and aggressive. Penalties were numerous and players were injured, but nothing would stop our team from forging ahead and claiming victory as their own! What a fantastic end to a terrific season.
As with every year, players reach the age limit and “retire” from minor hockey. Five players on the current roster will not return next year – Spencer Hall, Joshua MacDonnell, Tanner Paddock, Tyler Raiche and Brandon Vachon-Case. They will be missed.
The team’s resilience and hard work has paid off once again. They have proven time and again that it’s all about team work and co-operation. Congratulations to the Legionnaires and coaching staff on your second consecutive NOHA Tournament of Champions win and good luck next season. You make Wawa proud!
These are the 5 players that will be retiring this year. From left to right – Tyler Raiche, Spencer Hall, Tanner Paddock, Brandon Vachon-Case and Joshua MacDonnell.