Hockey Files – Atom Rockets win B title in Deep River

By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 19
Sunday, December 2, 2018


The Atom Rockets landed in Deep River (the Nuclear Pioneers town) on November 17 for a one-day tournament, and returned home as B championship runners up.

Eight teams took part in the affair. Mattawa was shutout in the first game, but rebounded in the second matchup to win and advance to the B side championship contest, where they lost in a high-scoring confrontation. No scoresheets were available. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards receivers for each game were as follows: Madison Rodgers (1st game), Rylan Yule (2nd match), and Noah Backer (3rd contest).

Overall, goaltender Rylan Yule was probably Mattawa’s best player, as he faced a phenomenal number of shots in the three games. He stopped a large number of breakaways, and made several glove saves, and even took part in the offensive department, as he helped his own cause in the game two victory with an assist.


After losing a close heart-breaking 5-4 loss to the East Nipissing Vipers (Skater’s Edge Source for sports) on November 10 at the Mike Rodden Arena, the Mattawa Pee Wee Rockets rebounded in the next game and doubled the same Vipers 6-3.

In the first game, the Rockets fell behind 1-0 after the first period, and then fell further behind in the second frame by a 3-0 count. Mattawa responded to make it 3-1 with 2:13 left in the second but the visitors regained their three-goal lead with only 17 seconds remaining. The third stanza saw the Rockets make a miraculous comeback with three goals, the last one coming with 2:10 remaining, to knot things up at 4-4, but the visitors grabbed the victory, scoring the winner with only 19.5 seconds left in the game.

Denver Landriault had a pair of tallies for Mattawa while Noah Webster, who also earned an assist, and Henry Wunsch added single red-lighters. Hailey Belanger and Casey Jones chipped in with assists. Three penalties were called in the game; all three went to the Vipers. Mattawa had two powerplay tallies.

The second contest was a different affair as the Rockets changed its fuel and charmed the visitors.

The Rockets opened the scoring 3:57 into the game but the Vipers responded 48 seconds later to tie it at 1-1, but after that Mattawa never looked back as three tallies in 1:52, two of them in a 34-second span, fueled them to victory.

Mattawa led 4-1 after one period, 5-2 after two frames, with the clubs trading goals in the third stanza. Five penalties were whistled down, three of them going to the Rockets.

The hat trick and two assists by Landriault led the way for the Rockets, while Webster had two goals, one of them being the winner, and Jones had a single counter as well as two helpers. Other assists went to Person Groulx, Logan Morin and Tara Maxwell.

One week later, the Rocket Pee Wee club took two games at the Mike Rodden Arena, 3-2 and 3-1, against the Temiscaming Royals.

The Royals led 2-0 after two periods in the first game but the Rockets made an exciting comeback in the third stanza, scoring twice in an unbelievable six second span to tie things up at 2-2 early, and then firing the winner with 5:34 remaining in the game.

Webster had the two fast goals while Landriault put in the winning tally. There was no scoring in the first period, while the visitors led 2-0 after the second frame. Temiscaming took the only penalty in the contest.

In the second matchup, the visitors opened the scoring in the first period, but Mattawa responded 25 seconds later to tie things at 1-1. The Rockets shut down the Royal offence for the rest of the game and led 2-1 after two frames, and added an insurance in the third stanza.

Wunsch fired a pair of goals to lead the way for Mattawa, while Landriault was credited with the winning tally early in the second period. Assists went to Landriault, Owen Williams and Bradlee Bernard. Both clubs received two penalties.


A recent game (date unavailable) at the Mike Rodden Arena, saw the Bantam Rockets snake the East Nipissing Vipers (Wrightway Sports) 5-1.

East Nipissing led 1-0, 53 seconds into the game, but Mattawa tied it by the end of the first period, and then took over. The home side led 4-1 after the second frame, the three goals in that period coming in a 1:52 span. The Rockets added the only goal in the third stanza.

Faidge Janveaux with the hat trick, including the winner, led the way for the Rockets. Daniel Franceour added a pair of tallies, while Maddox Backer and Bryant Elliott each chipped in with two assists apiece. Two other assists were recorded by Mattawa but the name of the player was unavailable. Nine penalties were handed out, five going to the visitors.