Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

OFSAA volleyball!

Congratulations to the MSS senior boys’ volleyball team who represented Northern Ontario at the all-Ontario championships in North Bay this past weekend. The guys, coming off an unbeaten NSSAA schedule were super competitive in all of their games at the provincial level but failed to advance to the medal round. Hats off for an amazing season to Coach Peter Kategiannis, manager Sydney Koehler and players, Brandon Boyle, Parker Dickinson, Greg Doane, Bryce Draper, Devin Gelaznikas, Dylan Francis, Zach Kategiannis, Cole King, Matthew Redmond, James Scott and Tait Wallace.

Ice chips

Former Manitoulin Panther and OHL performer Nick Esposto of Little Current currently players for the Laurentian Voyageurs Varsity team. As of now, Esposto had played 14 games and has produced 6 goals and 2 assists for 8 points. Good start Nick. Meanwhile another Little Current product sank 2 goals on the weekend for his Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the NOJHL. Dylan Callaghan, having just recently joined the Canadians, now has 6 goals and 3 assists in nine games for a point-a-game clip.

Mustangs on ice

In a recent 7-4 loss the Manitoulin Secondary Mustangs were powered by Cole King’s 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). Also picking up points against L’Horizon Secondary were: Kyle Debassige with three and Nate Debassige with a pair. The Mustangs are in a rebuilding year and are steadily improving and are hoping to make a strong showing in the latter part of the SDSSA season.

The MSS Mustang girls are having a good season as they gain more experience. In a November 21st tussle against L’Horizon they skated away with a 6-1 triumph. Faith Taylor, Maddy Niven and Anna Migwans has two goals apiece to salt the victory away. Migwans also contributed two assists as did Ashlyn Hare. Randi Lovelace and Hanna Woestenenk added single assists. Good luck teams!

Panther Points

The Atom Panthers played an exhibition game against the Division 1 team Sudbury Wolves Minor Atom AA and defeated them 4-0 back on November 19th. The youngest Panther, Kohyn Eshkawkogan, turned 8 on that day, has a team leading +15 rating and scored the game winner. His sister Saraya Eshkawkogan earned the shutout. Earning his first hat trick on Nov 12, Andrew Tabachak has seemed to have found his scoring touch and has been on a role and recorded a goal and an assist in the exhibition game as well.

They were also successful last weekend ending up as runners-Up in the TSMHA (Porcupine, New Liskeard) Challenge Cup. In the round-robin portion the Atoms defeated Royal Lepage 4-0; lost to the Powassan Hawks 2-0; downed the TSMHA Active 1 SFS by a 5-2 count before taking the Maison Champoux 3-1. Unfortunately they dropped 7-2 to Powassan in the final. The Atoms are on the road next weekend as they compete for the Sudbury Regional Silverstick Qualifier on December 2 – 4th. Good luck team.

Congratulations to the Manitoulin Pee Wee Panthers on a 6-0 victory over the Copper Cliff minor Pee Wee AA. The squad is off to a fantastic start and have yet to lose an NDHL game. They travel to Wasaga Beach this weekend to compete in the International Silver Stick Regional qualifying tournament. Good luck to Coach Hughson and the players.

B.J. Memorial

The 18th Annual B.J. Corbiere Memorial Hockey Tournament has openings for this fun event. The tournament is slated for Friday, January 20, 2017 to the 22nd at the M’Chigeeng Arena. For more information please contact Debbie Debassige through her Facebook posting of the tournament.

Manitoulin Minor Spotlight

In the MMHA Spotlight this week are the youngest Manitowaning Wolves’ squad. The Initiation team of 19 players had their first home game on Sunday against M’Chigeeng to a full crowd of parents cheering both teams.

This team has been working hard, with a full roster and all levels of experience, it is a joy to watch them come together. The game ended with a win for the Wolves and all the players made it happen with some great teamwork. Goals scorers were Joshua McComb, Dexter Mailloux, Alexai Pelletier, Chloe Moggy and Marley Meawasige.

As all good goals usually happen with assists, the players helping out were Adison Enosse, Ava Hartley and William McKeown.

Standing tough in the net was Arabella Otosquaiob.  Players also keeping the puck moving to the opponent’s end include: Maxim Assiniwe, Priscilla Case, Track Cyr, Phoenix Grant, Walker Hagman, Clarissa Pitawanakwat-Wemigwans, Bentley Recollet, Emma Shigwadja and Callaway Trudeau.

We know none of this can happen without the dedicated and extremely patient bench staff of Nathan McKeown, Jeremy Mailloux, Samantha Case, Janet McComb and Amanda Otosquaiob. Please send your team’s information to have them appear here, next week.

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