Congratulations to the Peewee Rockets for winning gold!
After a wonderful NDHL playoff weekend the Atoms moved on to play in the Super Sunday weekend. They played in both North Bay and Trout Creek.
Their first game was played at Pete Palangio arena in North Bay at 11:45 am against the Temiscaming Shores Puckhounds. The team was anxious, played well, but the Puckhounds managed to sneak in 5 goals leaving us with a loss of 5-2 in the third.
The Rockets then moved on to their 2nd game of the day, playing in Trout Creek at 3:00 pm against the North Bay Trappers. The team was on a roll winning 9-0.
Come Sunday morning they played in Trout Creek again at 9:00 am against the Verner Bulls. They were on a winning streak, taking the lead which ended in an 8-3 win. They made it to the finals !!!
At 5:00 pm in North Bay they met up with the Temiskaming Puckhounds once again. Knowing how well they were playing there was no doubt that they could be champs. Working very hard through all 3 periods, keeping the puck out of their end and pushing through, the Rockets took the gold and the banner, winning 3-2.
Amazing team effort played by all !!! We are all so proud !!!
On February 10, the Midget Rockets travelled Highway 11 north to New Liskeard and participated in the Temiskaming Shores annual hockey tournament.
The Rockets came out of round robin play with a 3-0 record with wins over Timmins (6-4), TSMHA Lacroix (3-1), TSMHA Rooster (3-0).
In their semi final play they defeated the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils 4-2 and were off to the finals to meet the host team TMSHA Puckhounds.
The Rockets opened the scoring on a goal from Austin Anderson, after a scoreless second period the Rockets took a two goal lead on Liam Magills first of the year. Kyle Backer hit the scoresheet to give the rockets a commanding three goal lead. The Rockets rode the stellar goaltending of Brett Salesio to capture its first tournament of the season.
Magill was awarded player of the game honors with Salesio goaltender of the game.
The coaching staff was quick to point out that the team was solid from top to bottom and were pleased with their effort. The midget Rockets will be hosting the NDHL playdowns again this year and are hoping to get the same support they received last year at the old barn on Hurdman. Midget playdowns start on March 19 to the 24. Come on out and support your local talent.
The Mattawa Rockets Novice team participated in the 2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast hockey tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association located in Garson, Ontario. The tournament was held on January 27, 28 & 29, 2017.
The players had a blast, played hard in four (4) games with the 4th game going into a 4 on 4 overtime. Even though the team didn’t bring home the gold, they brought home lots of smiles and memories.
The Mattawa Rockets Atoms team brought home a gold medal and the banner from the 2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast hockey tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association located in Garson, Ontario. The tournament was held on January 27, 28 & 29, 2017.
The Atoms played exceptionally well as a team. It was an incredible weekend. Parents and coaching staff should also be recognized for their dedication and commitment to ensure this team had a successful and fun-filled weekend of hockey.
by Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
The Novice Rockets travelled to Deep River, a town of about 4,200 people in Renfrew County about an hour east of Mattawa, on December 3rd to participate in a tournament and retreated home with a silver lining.
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The Rockets star trekked the Pembroke Fighting Flames 5-2 and edged the Fort Coulonge Comets 4-3, before advancing to the championship final against Petawawa.
Noah Backer was in on all Rocket goals in the first victory, scoring four times and adding an assist. Madison Rodgers had a goal and an assist while Joshua Neddo chipped in with a helper. Mattawa led 2-0 after one period and outscored the opposition 3-2 in the second frame, scoring twice at one point in 32 seconds. Backer was credited with the winner.
Backer fired the hat trick in the second win, his third tally turning out to be winner with 4:12 remaining in the contest. Neddo had the other counter. Chipping in with assists were Rodgers with a pair, and Kenzy Huard. Mattawa led 1-0 after one period, and 3-1 after two frames, before the Comets streaked back in the third stanza to deadlock the score at 3-3 with five minutes left, and thus setting up Backer’s heroics 48 seconds later. Backer took the only penalty whistled down in the match.
Four tallies by the Rocket’s Noah (Backer) in the championship final was not enough as Petawawa’s Noah (Poff) tallied four times and added two assists to lead the way for the eventual winners. Huard added a helper for Mattawa.
The second period was the downfall for the Rockets as the Petawawaans outscored Mattawa 5-1, scoring four goals at one point in a little over a three minute span. The first frame was close with Petawawa leading 3-2. The clubs traded goals in the third stanza while the only penalty called in the matchup when to Petawawa.
As one parent proudly remarked, the team is awesome.
Other players on the team included Aedan Leadston, Patience Anderson, Kai Meilleur, Brent Lamarre, Blake Belanger, Mary-Jane Lazary, Ben Allard, Rylan Yule, Amaya Thompson, and Leah Chenier.