Local Minor Hockey Stars Shine As Tournament Makes Its Return
The Nepean Raiders dropped their first game but then went on a roll to reach the finals of the Bell Capital Cup.
Nepean lost their opening game 2-1 to the Ottawa West Golden Knights early in the morning Dec. 29. Ryan Tracey scored for Nepean from Yoanna Peng and Scott Power.
The Raiders bounced back with a 4-0 win over Newmarket on a Ryan Aikin shutout.
Cole Cote had a goal and an assist with Yoanna Peng, Carter Jones and Jack Robinson each adding goals. Ryan Tracey had two assists with one each going to Benjamin Weatherdon, Logan Feeney, Grayson Coulheart, Luka Allavato, and Connor Kerwin.
The next morning, it was Wyatt White’s turn to earn a shutout as the Raiders beat Smiths Falls 7-0.
Tyler Ellement had a four-point game with a goal and three assists. Cote had two goals and an assist; Kerwin had a goal and two assists; Peng scored twice; Weatherdon had a goal and an assist; Feeney had two assists; and Ryan, Allavato, Jones and Power each had one assist.
The Raiders got their third straight shutout as Aikin blanked Casselman 2-0. Peng and Kerwin scored with assists going to Noel McDonnell and Ryan Tracey.
In the semi-final on Dec. 31, the Raiders scored three times in the third period to beat the Orange County Ducks 3-1.
Wyatt Nera, Gio Velasquez and Carter Jones scored with assists going to Weatherdon and Coulheart. Wyatt White picked up the win in goal.
In the final, the Raiders’ run ran out of steam, as they lost 2-1 to the Stittsville Rams. Wyatt Nera scored the Nepean goal from Grayson Coulheart.
House U13 A
The Nepean Benchwarmers beat Nepean Team C at Canadian Tire Centre in the Bell Capital Cup final.
Connor Donnelly, Reid Emery and Lane McKercher scored goals while Noah Ghadban, Gabriel Cosenzo, Evan Mansour and Luke Vettoretti had assists. Cole McHenry had the shutout.
Through six games, Vettoretti led the Benchwarmers with 11 goals and an assist. Donnelly had four goals and an assist; McKercher had three goals and two assists; Emery had two goals and three assists; Ghadban and Mansour had two goals and an assist; Cosenzo had a goal and two assists; Noah Natoli had a goal and an assist; Jonah Pennington had two assists; Mateo Deponte had a goal, and Louis Bonneau had an assist. Other members of the championship team were Theo Mate, Cooper Deveer, Dante Noeita, Cooper Allen, Brendan Mitchell O’Rourke, and goalie Cole McHenry.
For Nepean Team C, Felix Noreau had four goals and an assist and Ben Freemark also had four goals through their six games of the tournament. Henry Hongxuan Ye and Teddy Rouleau had two goals and two assists; Aidan Culligan and Louis Wiseman had two goals and an assist; Tyler Marsh had two goals; Jayden MacDonald-Storti scored once; and Landon Graham added an assist. Other members of the runners up are Alvin Han, Gabriel Consenzo, Zachary Ecklund, Cedric MacCuaig, Mathias Chemet, Owen Shi and goalie Jack Langdon.
The Nepean Devastating Ducks finished the tournament with a 2-0-1-1 record.
Ethan Russell had three goals and two assists; Mathias Simpson had two goals and an assist; Zijin Liu and Tyler Kingsley each had a goal and two assists; Niall Williamson had two goals; Quinn Duffley and Austin Beattie had a goal and an assist; and Brayden Fang and Gabriel Stone each had an assist. Tyler Smith was in goal for all four games.
Nepean Raiders Black opened the tournament up with a 6-3 win over Perth-Lanark.
Adam Stephens and Mason Tom both scored three goals and Logan Coldrey had three assists. Jude Chatterley and Cristian McGeachey also had assists. Dorian Kirkwood was the winning goalie.
The Raiders then tied Mississippi Thunder Kings 3-3.
McGeachy, Mekai Fisher-Chande and Brighton Hall all scored for Nepean. Jake Tracey, Ethan Verheul, Ethan Chiasson and Sawyer Mendonca had assists.
In their next game, the Raiders lost to West Carleton 5-4. Logan Coldrey, Brighton Hall, Jude Chatterley and Ethan Verheul scored for the Nepean.
The Raiders were eliminated from the tournament after a 5-3 loss to the Osgoode Richmond Romans.
Stephens had two goals and McGeachy had one. Connor Brake and Matteo Jennings had assists.
The Nepean Raiders won one of their three games at the Bell Capital Cup.
In their first game, Kevin Parmar’s hat trick was not enough as the Raiders opened things up Dec. 28 with a 5-3 loss to Kanata.
The Raiders bounced back with a 3-1 win over the Upper Ottawa Valley Aces. Parmar, Charles Jin and Jaden Sun were the scorers with assists going to Joshua Barton, Easton Barber and David Yao. Keenan Ethier was the winning goalie.
The following morning, the Raiders lost 7-1 to the Southern Tier Admirals. Kevin Parmar scored the Nepean goal.
Later in the day Dec. 29, the Raiders were beaten 5-3 by the eventual champion Lambton Jr. Sting.
Parmar, Sun and Liam DeHoog scored goals with Oscar Mews, Connor Hayward and Hunter Gloyn earning assists.
The Raiders closed out the tournament with a 4-1 win over Cumberland.
Liam DeHoog scored twice with Ethan Liu and Charles Jin also scoring. Jim and Jake Nistico had assists. Elliott Lawson was the winning goalie.
The Nepean Raiders went winless in four games at the Bell Capital Cup in the U11 AA division.
The Raiders lost their opener 4-1 to the eventual champion Ottawa Valley Silver Seven. Aiden Burmaster scored the Nepean goal from Camden Burnett.
Later in the day on Dec. 28, the Raiders lost to the Clarington Toros 4-3.
Benjamin Heidinga scored a pair for Nepean with Burmaster scoring one. Carson Stocks and Simon Glenns had assists.
The Raiders opened the day on Dec. 29 by being shut out by the Ajax-Pickering Raiders 2-0.
In their final game, the Raiders mounted a third period rally but their comeback fell short as they lost to the St. Lawrence Steel of Canton, NY 5-4.
Stocks, Heidinga, Glenns and Jacob Chabot were the goal scorers. Burnett had two assists with Adler Smith and Daniel Pope earning one each.
Nepean had two teams entered in the House A U11 division.
The Nepean Coyotes opened their Bell Capital Cup with a tough 8-2 loss to Blackburn.
Jaiden Smith and Rowen Power scored for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes bounced back with a win over the South End Coyotes 3-1.
Leo Belisle had a goal and tow assists while Hugo Nascimento had one goal and one assist. Neill Kvist also had an assist. Alexander Bale also scored with Casper Jones earning the win in goal.
The Coyotes lost their final game 7-0 to the eventual tournament champion Orleans Rush.
The Nepean Delicious Donuts opened the tournament with a 9-2 loss to Carleton Place.
James MacRae scored both Nepean goals while Landon Luimes had an assist.
Nepean lost their next game 8-0 to Richmond.
In their last game, the Delicious Donuts lost 3-2 to Blackburn.
Quinn Adams and Simon Wang scored the Nepean goals.
The Eastern Ontario Wild avenged an opening day loss and edged Myers Automotive 3-2 in the final of the Bell Capital Cup at Canadian Tire Centre Dec. 31.
Alexandre Giroux scored both Myers goals.
Myers finished with a 4-1-1 record in the tournament with wins over Niagara North Stars, Eastern Ontario Wild, Toronto Red Wings, and another win over Niagara, as well as a tie with Mississauga.
Giroux led all scorers with five goals and three assists for eight points. Noah McLean had a goal and six assists; Joshua Muise had a goal and five assists; Vaughn McDonald had four goals and an assist; Cooper Leppard had two goals and three assists; Aiden Xiao had a goal and two assists; Liam McDonald had a goal and one assist; Nate Wheelhouse had a goal; and adding assists were Wynston Henderson, Jack Sample and Jax Rajhathy. Amelia McKay won all three of her starts in goal while Tanner Hume was 1-1-1 between the pipes.
House U11 B
The Nepean Eliminators opened the Bell Capital Cup Dec. 29 with a 2-1 win over the Richmond Royals.
Ethan Zhao and Thomas Wilkinson scored for Nepean with Charlotte Epton had an assist. Maximillen Lachapelle was the winning goalie.
The Eliminators took on the smiths Falls Bears the following afternoon and lost 3-2.
Thomas Wilkinson and Andrew Langdon were the goal scorers with assists going to Lennan Donnelly and Mason Mannarino.
The Eliminators won their second game of the tournament as they beat Werst Carleton 4-1.
Wilkinson had a goal and an assist with Donnelly, Michael Larue and Michael Chabot also scoring. Epton, Zhao and Sean Hoger had assists. Lachapelle was the winning goalie.
The Eliminators were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals as they lost 3-2 to Brockville. Wilkinson had both Nepean goals with Bennett Shank earning an assist.
House U11 C
The Nepean Bulldogs opened the Bell Capital Cup Dec. 29 with a 4-3 win over Almonte.
Daniel Cen scored a pair with Isaac Allard and Brooke Mooney each scoring once. Hussein Al Ramadan had an assist. Cameron Maxwell was the winning goalie.
The Bulldogs earned their second win of the day with a 3-1 win over the Stittsville Bisons. Cen, Mooney and Austin Butt had the Nepean goals while Maxwell was the winning goalie.
The Bulldogs won their third straight Dec. 30 with a 3-1 win over the Carleton Place Kings. Cen had a pair of goals and Isaac scored one. Maxwell earned his third win as goalie.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semi-final where they were defeated 4-2 by West Carleton. Cen and Butt had the Bulldogs goals.
The Nepean Raiders reached the U10 AAA semi-finals of the Bell Capital Cup.
In their first game, the Raiders beat Cumberland 4-1. Quinton McDonald, Easton Laperle, Theo Goldewicz and Nash Gibson scored for the Raiders. Goldewicz, Gibson, Tessa Harper and Drew Howell had assists. Logan Delorme was the winning goalie.
In their second game of Dec. 28, the Raiders lost to Waterloo 7-2.
McDonald and Owen Ovington scored for the Raiders. Laperle and Lucas McDonell had assists.
On Dec. 29, the Raiders bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Central Ontario Wolves.
Lukas Renault and Kobe Bellefeuille each scored twice, with Renaud and Daniel Srdoc earning assists. Sam Noble was the winning goalie.
The Raiders finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a 7-1 loss to eventual champion Toronto Young Nationals. Bellefeuille scored the lone Raiders goal from Ovington.
In the semi-final, the Raiders were blanked 7-0 by the Waterloo Wolves.
Featured Photo: Nepean Raiders forward Adam Stephens scores on a goal mouth scramble in their U12 A Bell Capital Cup game against the Osgoode Richmond Romans. (Barrhaven Independent Staff photo)