Five clubs representing Mattawa will be vying for top honors in the NDHL including Tyke, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and Bantam. There is no Midget team for this season because of the lack of players.
The Novice Rockets have been busy like bees since October, having played six contests, winning two of them and tying one.
On October 21, the Novice tied Astorville 3-3 and edged the Powassan Hawks 4-3, both games on the road.
The Rockets came back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring a late goal in the second period and a late tally in the third frame, to earn the tie. Blake Belanger scored twice including the tyer with 2:07 left in the game. Ben Allard chipped in with a goal and an assist.
In the other match, the Rockets blew a 3-1 lead, but Allard came through as the hero scoring the winner with only 12 seconds remaining in the game. Belanger had the hat trick in the game. All goals were unassisted.
The next week, the Powassan Hawks were in Mattawa and took both games 2-0 and 2-1. Belanger had the only Rocket tally.
On November 5, two goals by Kenzy Huard and shutout goaltending by Reid Backer led the Rockets to a 4-0 victory over the Freshmart Vipers at the Mike Rodden Arena. Other tallies went to Belanger and Allard. Peyton Roberts chipped in with an assist. Allard was credited with the winning goal.
A recent contest (November 11) in Temiscaming, Quebec didn’t go too well for the Novice Rockets, as they were blasted 7-2 by the Royals. Belanger and Amaya Thompson had the goals for Mattawa. Allard and Lauren Janveaux each chipped in with an assist.
Other players on the club include Tara Pellerin, Chase Rodgers, Mary-Jane Lazary and Rain Meilleur.
Coaching staff includes Jeremy Rodgers (head coach), Anne Gariepy-Thompson (trainer), and Kara Rodgers (trainer and manager).
The Atom Rockets had two games to report and they won both of them, 8-1 over the East Nipissing Vipers (Osprey Links Golf Course) at the Astorville Arena on November 6, and 5-2 over the North Bay Atom B Ice Boltz (an all girls team) in Mattawa on November 12.
Henry Wunsch led the way for Mattawa in the first game with a pair of tallies and two assists. Other goals went to Owen Williams with two, Pearson Groulx with two, Kai Meilleur and Leah Chenier, while other helpers were registered by Williams, Meilleur, Hailey Belanger, Bradlee Bernard, Aedan Leadston, and Peyton Whalley. Of note is that this game was Whalley’s first game of her minor hockey career, and she earned her first point.
Both Williams and Noah Backer scored twice and added and assist to lead the way in the next victory. Groulx had the other counter while Leadston earned an assist. Williams had the winner in the first game while Backer did likewise in the second matchup.
Other players on the club include Rylan Yule, Joshua Neddo, Logan Morin, Kurt Gignion and Madison Rodgers.
Coaching staff includes Brandon Neault (head coach), Brett Neault (assistant coach), Kara Rodgers (trainer), and Sherri Brouse (manager).
The Pee Wee Rockets lost two games on November 11 at the Mike Rodden Arena, 5-3 and 4-2 to an unnamed team.
Denver Laudriault had a pair of goals, and Noah Webster scored once and added an assist for the Rockets in the first game. Alex Roberts, Colton Laplante, and Cari Bernard chipped in with helpers.
Landriault and Bernard registered the Rocket goals in the second game unassisted.
Other players on the club include Markus Lazary, Cole Dupuis-Neault, Tanner Barnes, Kelora Huard, Casey Jones, Peyton Lamirante, and Connor Ross.
Coaching staff includes Robbie Jones (coach/trainer), Steve Lazary (assistant coach), Ashley Jodouin (manager), Gantry Webster (co-manager).
There are five games to report on for the Bantam Rockets. The Bantam club has started off slowly losing all five games so far, 5-1, 5-2, 7-2, and 5-1 in a two-game home-and-home series against the Powassan Hawks, and a close 2-1 decision to the East Nipissing Vipers.
Goal getters for the Rockets by games were as follows: Hunter Schembri, Quintin Lazary (two goals), Matthew Marsh and Faidge Janveaux, Schrembri, Janveaux.
Assists were earned by Kayla Lacelle with a pair, Eoghan Drumm, Schembri, and Marsh.
Other players on the club include Maddox Backer, John Von Hassell, Bryant Elliot, Evan Champagne, Samantha Lamirante, Daniel Francoeur and William Thompson.
Coaching staff includes Darren Snider (head coach), Sabrina Wabie (assistant coach), and G. Schembri (trainer).