Valour wins tournament
Stephen Uhler/Pembroke Daily Observer/Postmedia Network The Valour JK-12 School varsity boys won the 13th annual single `A' Varsity Hockey Tournament, which was played in Petawawa Civic Centre Dec. 20. In front are, from left, Colton Moore, Andrew Dawe and Hayden Weisenberg. Standing in back are, starting from left, Colby Gillard, Camden Moore, Mac Douglas, Cole Fowler, Josh Reid, Liam Serviss, Matt Unrau, Aiden Neville, Brett Hermiston, Ben Lee, Tom Campbell, Hunter Baillie and Ethan Bullivant.
PETAWAWA – Valour JK-12 School's boys team has won the Single A Varsity Hockey Tournament, held Wednesday at the Petawawa Civic Centre.
This was one of two concurrent invitational tournaments for schools with populations 500 or under in the region, with the girls teams playing at the Silver Dart Arena. Valour's girls team won as well.
The Valour Voyageurs defeated St. Joseph's Catholic High School from Renfrew in the `A' final, knocking the defending champion off of its top spot. St. Joe's Jaguars had won the 13 year tournament the past four years in a row, from 2013 to 2016.
The Voyageurs were leading 2-0 until the last two minutes of the game, when the Jaguars came from behind to tie things up 2-2, forcing a sudden death shootout. After two sets of shooters cycled through, the Jaguars third shooter hit the goal post, while Valour's shooter found the back of the net, ending the game in Petawawa's favour.
A total of six teams took part in the boys division: besides host Valour and St. Joseph's, there were teams from Jeanne-Lajoie of Pembroke, Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI), Seaway District High School from Iroquois and ESC Franco Cite from Sturgeon Falls.
In the round robin, Jeanne-Lajoie beat Valour 3-1, St. Joseph's blanked RCI 5-0, Franco Cite downed Jeanne-Lajoie 5-3, St. Joseph's beat Seaway 7-3, Valour defeated Franco Cite 4-1 and RCI thumped Seaway 9-1.
In the `B' final, RCI edged Jeanne-Lajoie 1-0, which in the consolation final, Franco City blanked Seaway 4-0.