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Wildcats Win Provincial “AA” Bronze Medals

posted Mar 19, 2018, 9:44 AM by Kathy Carr
Head coach Corey Forbes stated that the Wildcats had a very good weekend at the provincial high school hockey tournament in Killarney, March 8-10. They played four games, all decided by one goal. Two were overtime matches. Their fourth match was an overtime thriller which culminated with the provincial bronze medals.
The Morris Mave­ricks, second place team in the nine team Zone 4 League, scored twice in the final seven minutes to record a 5-4 win over the GCB guys in their opener on Thursday morning, March 8. Morris tallied two shorthanded markers and had the only first period goal. The game was tied 2-2 after the second stanza.
Jaden Johnson scored once and had two helpers. Bailey Creasy added a goal and an assist while centre Zaine McConnell collected two assists. Captain Matt Johnston sniped a pair and played an outstanding game on defence. The Wildcats served five of nine minors.
Defenseman Matt Johnston fired a power play winner with 64 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory from Deloraine-Hartney Colts on Thursday afternoon, March 8.
Zaine McConnell with help from Jaden Johnson got the lone goal in the opening period, but the Colts led 2-1 after two frames. Carter Williamson assisted by Taner Coates tied the game with 7:52 left in the game.
Dez Ramsey was spectacular in the Wildcats net and was awarded the game star. Brendan Ham­mond fired both Colts goals who had previously edged the Wildcats twice 2-1, once in overtime. 
In the semifinals, Nico Vigour’s second goal in overtime gave the Moun­tain Mustangs a 4-3 win over the Wildcats, Friday, March 9. Kyle Davos dented the twine once and added a pair of assists for the Mountain (Somerset, Notre Dame, and St. Claude) Mustangs.
The Wildcats were ahead 2-1 and 3-2 at the period breaks. Jaden Johnson from Matt Johnston and Bradon McCulloch, assisted by Brett Janssens, accounted for the GCB attach in the first. Bayley Creasy, a grade 10 student, sniped the third marker with help from line mates McCon­nell and Johnson and nine seconds remaining in the second period.
Mountain took seven of eight minor penalties.
Two goals from the stick of Jaden Johnson powered the Wildcats to a 4-3 overtime victory over host Killarney. Wawanesa Raiders in the bronze medal game on Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. After the first period, the game was tied 1-1 and the Wildcats were ahead 3-2 at the end of two.
Johnson and Zaine McConnell combined for the opening goal at 19:37 while Matt Johnston and McConnell assisted Jaden on his second marker at 19:10 of the second period. Cody Everett sank the third with help from Brett Janssens and Russell Adriaansen.
Taner Coates, assisted by Carter Williamson, (both grade 12’s) dented the twine at 2:27 of overtime for the winner. Owen Lockhart, another grade 12 student, was sound in goal for the winners. What a great way to end their high school hockey careers!!! Camden Cline replied with two goals for the Raiders. Five of seven minor penalties were served by the Wildcats. Zaine McConnell was selected as game star in the last two games. The Mountain Mustangs won the gold medals (4-2) over the Morris Mavericks.
After receiving their bronze medals, the Wildcats returned to Baldur arena for their annual windup. Although they had a lot of hockey over the last three days, the Wildcats still had enough energy for a game of shinny hockey and some shuffle board.
Team awards handed out as follows:
Top forward - Zaine McConnell, Jaden Johnson
Top defenseman - Matt Johnston
Top goalie - Dez Ramsey
Top rookie - Bayley Creasy
Top scorer and sportsmanship - Zaine McConnell
Most dedicated - Taner Coates
Top grad - Matt Johnston
Zaine McConell was named to the tournament all-star team.
Special tribute to coaches Corey Forbes (Corey’s 16th year as head coach), Regan Richmond and equipment manager Mitch Thornborough.   
Forbes said those 7:00 a.m. practices on Tuesday and Thursdays keep him focused!!! 

by Gladwyn Scott
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