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TINA PEPLINSKIE firstname.lastname@example.org Members of the Bishop Smith Crusaders junior boys hockey team (front from left) are assistant coach Dylan Godin, Brendan Ogilvie, Andrew Ryan, Tye Felhaber, Isaac Anderson, assistant coaches Chris Minns and Nathan Anderson. In the back (from left) are coach Tim Peplinskie, Carson Kinney, Ryan Tabram, Calvin Williams, Connor Kinloch, Eric Yarascavitch, Jacob White, Travis Jamieson, Brett Kenny, Reagan Goldberg, Mitchell Sennett and coach Tyson Holly.
RENFREW - The Bishop Smith Crusaders junior boys hockey team recently won a tournament hosted by the St. Joseph's Jaguars.
The Crusaders went though the day undefeated, out scoring their opponents 14-4. This marks the first time the school has iced a junior boys hockey team, although varsity coaches Tyson Holly and Tim Peplinskie have been toying with the idea for some time.
In the final, Bishop Smith beat Opeongo 6-2. It was the second meeting of the day for the two teams. After falling 4-1 to the Crusaders in the opening game of the tournament, the Wildcats went the long way around to earn a spot in the final.
In the deciding game, Brett Kenny and Andrew Ryan led the charge for the Crusaders, each with a pair of goals and an assist. Isaac Anderson was close behind with the eventual game-winning goal and three assists. Tye Felhaber scored a goal and added a pair of helpers and Mitchell Sennett rounded out the scoring with a single goal. David Bertrand, Jacob White and Wil Sinclair each had one assist.
For the Wildcats, it was Davine Parks with a goal and an assist and Bailey Hein with a single.
The Crusaders and Wildcats also met in the opening game of the tournament, which Bishop Smith won 4-1.
Lighting the lamp for the Crusaders were Felhaber, Sinclair, Kenny and Anderson.
Brad Borutski scored the lone goal for Opeongo.
In other action, the Crusaders beat the RCI Raiders 4-1. Felhaber continued to produce offence as he netted a pair of goals while Kenny and Anderson added one each. The Raiders' only goal was scored by Drew Edwards.
While the team included some members that have played for the varsity team in the past, it was mostly comprised of Grade 9 and 10 students, so coach Holly sees this as a great way to build the school's hockey program.
"The players have really responded positively to the junior program," he said. "We hope this nucleus of students can come back next year to solidify and help solidify our varsity program."
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist