North Stars ranked #7 Major Atom AA team in Ontario
Posted by: Laurent Gilbert on Wed Dec 06th 2017 11:35pm
After a major tournament victory over the weekend the Timmins Major Atom AA North Stars are now ranked 7th in the Province amoung Major Atom AA teams. Congrats North Stars!
Posted by: Pete Lachance on Tue Dec 05th 2017 5:28pm
We sign up our kids for hockey and youth sports with the hope that they will develop their character and learn the true meaning of teamwork. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned.
We knew our team had potential this season but WE all had to learn to keep the expectations in check. There was so much work to do on and off the ice before we could attain any goal. Slowly, piece by piece we started to build a group of talented players into a team.
Heading into our first tournament weekend, 2 staff members and 2 players lost someone dear to them. With heavy hearts, they soldiered on and dedicated their weekend to Roman Romaniuk Sr. and Therese Lachance. That’s where something special began to happen. I could tell right away that those other 15 players, staff members and parents would do anything they could to help us and that they did. The constant well wishes and caring gestures from the parents were comforting. As for the players, they showed their support by playing their hearts out. Every single player worked hard every single shift. They picked each other up when they were down and rejoiced in each other’s special moments. There was no selfishness or jealousy at all. The game play was not always perfect but the effort was always there. What was perfect though was the character. There was an understanding of the importance of teamwork. The team saw the vulnerability of 2 players, a manager and a coach and decided to help them. One should never underestimate the strength of 10 year olds. They picked us up on their shoulders and did the only thing they could to help us feel better, WIN. Despite the emotional rollercoaster, this experience helped with the grieving. Both families could not have scripted a better healing process. Now that it’s time for the team to move on to the next goal, we as parents must continue to encourage our kids to sustain the character and teamwork they showed us this weekend. TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!!!
On behalf of the Romaniuk and Lachance families, THANK YOU all for being so supportive and caring. We will always be grateful of our hockey family and cherish our accomplishment at the Silver Stick.
Also, a thank you to Donna Cherry and others for the constant updates back home that helped the loved ones in Timmins find joy during a difficult time.
Timmins crowned 2017 Sudbury Regional Major Atom AA Silver Stick Champions
Posted by: Laurent Gilbert on Sun Dec 03rd 2017 6:50pm
Timmins North Stars vs the Sault Ste Marie Jr Greyhounds in the Championship Finals of the 2017 Sudbury Regional Silver Stick Tournament. The Sault gets on the board first as they are able to find an open man in front of the net who shoots one by Alex and its 1-0 Greyhounds. Sault Ste Marie outshot Timmins 6-4 in the first period. Timmins is on the penalty kill to start the second period and Ian Lachance and Ashton Morin block some key shots to kill it off. Shortly after Timmins is back on the kill once again but this time its Alex making some key saves. Late in the second Timmins is on the power play. A clearing attempt by a Soo defenceman is sent to Nicolas Gilbert at the point, he fires a shot on net which is saved but Brant Romaniuk is there to knock in the rebound and its a tie game. Timmins is forced to kill off yet another penalty in the final two minutes of the second period and its Ian and Alex again with some blocked shots and saves to kill off the penalty. The third period starts at full strenght with the game tied at one a piece. The Soo D is strong and Timmins is applying pressure, Tyson is hauled down and Timmins is back up on the PP at the 6:44 mark. Ryan Koski keeps the puck along the boards and sends it behind the net to Mavrick Boucher who sends a pass in front to Mathieu who is hauled down. The play continues and the loose puck is there for Ryan Koski who hammers home the rebound and Timmins takes the 2-1 lead with 6:25 to play in the third. Alex is making key saves down the stretch but at the 1:31 mark a shot from the point that Alex doesn't see finds the top shelf and the game is tied. The game moves to a 3 minute overtime and the format is 4 on 4. The soo has the puck in the Timmins end a shot from the point and Alex makes the save. The Soo player rims it off the boards to the defenceman but Tyson is high and blocks his shot which deflects out to the neutral zone. The race is on Tyson Scott is on a breakaway and has the tournament championship on his stick. Tyson uses his speed with two defenders right behind him and goes all the way to to net and finds the five hole for the tournament win! The Timmins bench erupts, the gloves and stick go flying and the team is jumping Alex who down the stretch made 17 saves. The coaches come to the ice to hug and congratulate the players and the Timmins Northern Allied Steel Supply are the 2017 Sudbury Silver Stick Atom AA Champions.
The team now will represent Northern Ontario at the International Silver Stick Finals in Sarnia, On January 12-14, 2018. For more information on this please visit our tournament section.
Silver Stick tournament results day 2
Posted by: Laurent Gilbert on Sun Dec 03rd 2017 6:47pm
On day 2 of the tournament Timmins would wrap up the round robin portion of their draw and faced the Nickel City Jr Sons. A win or a tie would place the Northstars into the semi finals and a loss would create a four way tie something rarely seen in hockey tournaments which reflects the caliber of competition in their draw.
Nickel City would open the scoring three minutes into the game as a pinch by a Northstars defender at the blueline created a one on one situation at the other end. A good inside out move on the defender created a breakaway and Nickle City was able to get a shot past Alex for a 1-0 lead. Only a few seconds later the puck is deep in Nickle City's zone and a battle along the boards ensues. The puck is chipped along the boards by a Nickle City player to Ashton Morin's stick. Ashton's wrist shot is tipped by the goalie's stick and is sent over the goalie's shoulder and in the back of the net to tie the game at one. The teams hold the fort down in the second period and exchange a few scoring chances but no goals are scored in the second. Just 2 minutes into the third period Nickel City is back on the rush this time a two on one situation which eventually turns into a breakaway and Nickle City takes a 2-1 lead. Timmins is on the power play with less than 3 minutes to play in the game. Mathieu Charette takes the puck along the boards and passes the puck in front of the net. Ryan Koski is able to get a shot which misfires and hits the end boards. Mavrick Boucher picks up the puck behind the net and fires a shot at the goalie who wasn't covering their post and the puck slides in the net to tie the game at two. The game would remain a tie but the cruitial point in the standings would advance the Northstars into the semi finals later that evening. Alex Hall had 10 saves on the night.
In the semi final game Timmins would face the Copper Cliff Redmen who finished second in the other division. Very late into the first period Mavrick Boucher steals the puck in his defensive zone and skates on a two on two with Mathieu Charette. Mavrick goes wide and fires a shot on net, Mathieu heads to the net for the rebound and fires a shot past the goalie for the 1-0 lead with only 1.4 seconds remaining in the first period. Timmins continues the momentum early in the second period as Braden Estabrooks wins a race to tip a loose puck to Ian Lachance in the offensive zone. Ian turns and fires a wrist shot past the goaltender and its quickly 2-0 Timmins. The North Stars start the third period on the PK but its Mathieu Charette forechecking along the boards who tips a puck to Ian Lachance who scores his second of the game to make it 3-0 with the shorthanded goal. Late in the game Jenna Kim breaks up a play in the denfensive zone and tips the puck to Jakob Drobny he skates to the offensive zone and finds Brant Romaniuk who dangles around a defender and wrists home his first of the tournament. The goal was a special one for Brant who pointed to the ceiling in memory of his grandfather who he lost earlier in the week. The game would end with a 4-0 score and Timmins advances to the Silver Stick Championship game Sunday morning. Billy Field was stellar turning aside 12 shots to earn the shutout.
Silver Stick tournament results day 1
Posted by: Laurent Gilbert on Sat Dec 02nd 2017 12:04am
The Timmins North Stars opened the tournament on Friday morning versus the #12 ranked team in the province the (23-1-5) York Toros. Ian Lachance opened the scoring late in the first period with an unassisted goal dedicated to his grandmother as it would take him two tries to knock in a loose puck in front of the net to make it 1-0. In the second, Mavrick Boucher picks up a loose puck in front of the net and he makes it 2-0 with an assist from Ryan Koski and Tyson Scott. The Northstars would add an empty netter as Nico Gilbert would feed Mavrick Boucher who goes in all alone for his second of the game, Timmins takes the all important game one as Alex Hall makes 13 saves to earn the shutout.
In game two the North Stars would face the #9 ranked team in Ontario the Mississauga Terrirers. The game was a thriller with both goalies making key saves and the defences were down right stingy. There weren't many offensive opportunities as the shots on goal were 13-12 in favour of Mississauga.The game would end in a scoreless tie, Billy Field picked up the shutout and the player of the game award.
Next up for Timmins are the Nickle City Jr Sons. A win or a tie would advance the North Stars to the semi finals later Saturday night.