The Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Midget AA team travelled to Toronto recently to take part in the Humberview Huskies annual Invitational tournament, and, showing huge determination and grit, brought home the championship trophy. Every game was a challenge and the Rapids proved that through teamwork and perseverance, they could prevail. The Rapids began their march to the final with a 4–2 victory over the Aurora Tigers. Goals were scored by Connor Gabri with 2, Cody Krol with 1, and Chris Poirier with 1. Assists went to Dakota Vandeglind and Kelley O’Neill. The second match-up of the tournament had the Rapids facing a strong squad from Goulding Park. The Rapids were down 2–0 at the beginning of the third period; however, a quick goal by Jesse Villeneuve set the pace for the period and although the opposition managed to sink another, again gaining a two-goal lead, a goal by Matt Bourassa brought the team to within one. Ryan Regnier secured the tie with less than two minutes to go in the game (assists to O’Neill and Krol). An outstanding game against league rivals the Ottawa Sting was next on the list. Goalie Ryan Cooper played well between the pipes, while offensively, the Rapids came on strong for a 6–1 win! Goals were scored by Michael Poapst with 2, and one each for O’Neill, Regnier, Bourassa and Krol, with assists to Poapst, Jamie Lepine, Thomas Sangster, Gabri, Regnier, and William Lecky. In a must-win situation versus the Georgetown Raiders, the Rapids dug deep and won a very tight game 2–1. Kyle Carpenter did his share in nets to keep the team in the game (the goals, unassisted, went to Regnier and Lecky). The tournament final saw the Rapids come up against another league rival, the Nepean Raiders. Bourassa set the pace with an early goal in the first period. The Raiders answered with one of their own to end the first period at one all. The Rapids turned on the heat in the middle of the second period with a pair of goals by Bourassa and Gabri. The team continued to dominate in the third, with strong defensive play by Adam Poapst and Larson Payette, and additional goals by Regnier and Lepine, final score 6–1.
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