Poem credit to Jody Zarn.
New Nets !
As you may have noticed, the Squirts and Tykes are using different sized nets this year. Due to a shortage province wide, we had to wait a little bit, but we finally got ours in and we’re ready to host games.
We have received four (4) new Tyke regulation sized nets and two (2) pond hockey nets.
As a result, there are some games scheduled for the Squirts and Tykes in February. Check the schedule on this page or select the menu item Schedules > Squirts and Tykes Games.
The Rockets Tykes participated in the Tykes Winter Blast Jamboree hosted by the East Nipissing Minor Hockey Association (ENMHA) on January 27th, 2018. This was the first time that anyone in the NDHL has hosted such an event. This was very successful and our kids had a blast. There’s a massive amount of planning that goes into one of these events. A huge thanks goes out to our friends in East Nipissing for their time and effort!!!
By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Sunday, December 10, 2017
In recent NDHL action, the Novice Rockets came up with a close 3-2 decision over an (unnamed) club on Nov. 5 at the Mike Rodden arena.
Mattawa led 1-0 after one period, 2-0 after two frames, and 3-0 in the third stanza before a late rally by the visitors turned the match into a nail biter. The visitors scored two quick goals, one with 2:01 remaining in the game which broke Reid Backer’s bid for a shutout, and the other with only 39.9 seconds left. But the Rockets held on. Blake Belanger fired two goals including the winner to lead Mattawa while Kenzy Huard and Lauren Janveaux earned assists. The other goal getter was unavailable. No penalties were called in the contest.
The Atom Rockets clipped the Powassan Hawks 4-3 on Oct. 28 at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
Two goals each by Noah Backer and Henry Wunsch led the way for Mattawa, but it wasn’t easy. After the Rockets took a 2-0 lead after the first period, the visitors fought back in the second frame to knot things at 2-2. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead with a goal by Wunsch with 5:16 remaining in the game, but the Hawks came right back again only 14 seconds later to stalemate the contest at 3-3. Wunsch came through as the hero for the Rockets as he fired the winner with only 1:26 left.
Six recent games by the Pee Wee Rockets saw the Mattawa club come away with four victories and two losses.
The scores were as follows: 5-2 and 5-0 wins on Oct. 28 in Mattawa against an (unnamed) club, 7-3 win on Nov. 4 in Mattawa against the Clean Water Solutions Vipers, 9-5 win on Nov. 5 in Astorville against the Wrightway Sportswear Vipers, 4-2 and 5-3 losses on Nov. 11 in Mattawa against an (unnamed) team.
Denver Landriault was in on all five goals in the first game, scoring the hat trick and adding a pair of assists. Other goals went to Tanner Barnes and Alex Roberts while an assist went to Casey Jones. Roberts was credited with the winner.
The second game saw Roberts score twice and add an assist to lead the way for the Rockets. Other tallies went to Landriault, Barnes and Connor Ross while other helpers went to Noah Webster with two, Landriault, Jones, Colton Laplante and Cole Dupuis-Neault. Landriault had the winning goal. Markus Lazary recorded the shutout.
Landriault scored twice and had three assists while Webster also scored twice and added two assists to lead the Rockets in the third match. Barnes, Roberts and Cari Bernard had the other tallies while assists went to Bernard with a pair and Barnes. Roberts had the winner.
Four tallies by Webster including the winner led the Rockets in the fourth contest. Other counters went to Landriault and Barnes with two apiece, and Kelora Huard while other helpers went to Landriault with a trio, Roberts with a duo, and Ross.
Game five saw Mattawa goals by Landriault and Bernard, while game six saw Landriault score twice and Webster add one tally. Assists went to Roberts, Laplante, Bernard and Webster in game six. There were no assists in game five.
No scoresheets were available for the other Mattawa Minor Hockey Association (MMHA) divisions.
The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) released information about plans for a modified ice progression beginning next season at the Novice division.
The 2017 Christmas Parade occurred on Saturday November 25th in the evening. Once again, the Rockets took up the challenge of decorating a float and participating in the parade. The float won first prize again this year and the Rockets took back $100.00 to the club !
The Novice Rockets rode the award winning float and the Peewee and Atom Rockets walked in the parade.
MMHA and the Rockets would like to thank one of their sponsors for providing a truck and trailer for the float and their assistance in decorating the float. They certainly helped us win first prize.
MMHA and the Rockets would also like to thank Twiggs N Berries for the bales of hay for the float.
If you have any additional photos of the Rockets in the parade send them to [email protected] and we can add them to the website.
By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Rockets have blasted off. Into another adventure. The 2017/2018 Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) season.
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.Read More...
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).
Although the Rockets play the game, a round of applause has to be given to the dedicated MMHA executive, coaching staff, and parents that support and guide the teams. This is a huge cooperative effort! Great season!
Trophies for this season were awarded at the annual awards ceremony held on April 22nd at Mike Rodden Arena. Refreshments were enjoyed by all!
The Bobby Bass memorial trophy is awarded to the player who shows a passion for the game, both on and off the ice.
The Chick Webster trophy is awarded to a midget player in their final year who has had a exemplary Rockets career, shows leadership, sportsmanship, and sets a great example for all of the younger players following in their footsteps.
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Chase Rodgers
Most Improved Player — Colton Sarrazin
Most Defensive Player — Rain Meilleur
Most Offensive Player — Lauren Janveaux
Most Valuable Player — Reid Backer
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy — Sylar Anderson
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Madison Rodgers
Most Improved Player — Leah Chenier
Most Defensive Player — Aedon Leadston
Most Offensive Player — Joshua Neddo
Most Valuable Player — Noah Backer
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy — Blake Belanger
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Kurt Guignion
Most Improved Player — Henry Wunsch
Most Defensive Player — Cole Neault
Most Offensive Player — Noah Webster
Most Valuable Player — Denver Landriault
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy — Casey Jones
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Alex Roberts
Most Improved Player — John von Hassel
Most Defensive Player — William Thompson
Most Offensive Player — Eoghan Drumm
Most Valuable Player — Hunter Schembri
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy — Matthew Marsh
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Samantha Lamirante
Most Improved Player — Josée Mercier
Most Defensive Player — Carson Perreault
Most Offensive Player — Nick Backer
Most Valuable Player — Alexandre Janveaux
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy– Faidge Janveaux
Most Sportsmanlike Player — Liam Magill
Most Improved Player — Hunter Belanger
Most Defensive Player — Tylor Lavoie
Most Offensive Player — Kyle Backer
Most Valuable Player — Nolen Landriault
Bobby Bass Memorial Trophy — Brett Salesio
Chick Webster Trophy — Jackson Reid
The Rockets Atoms team poses with former NHL player Chick Webster. Photo also includes Chick’s son Rob, grandson Gant and great grandson Noah who is captain of the Atoms team. Four (4) generations…