By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 22
Sunday, December 23, 2018
There was no Agent Scully, but there were three Agent Mulders, and it wasn’t enough as the Mattawa Novice Rockets took the mystery out of the East Nipissing Vipers to the tune of 6-2 in a Hockey Files report from Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) action.Read More...
On December 9 in Mattawa, the Rockets registered the victory based on the pair of goals each by Colton Sarrazin and Owen Marcotte. Other goals went to Chase Rodgers and an unavailable scorer indication. Teams were tied 1-1 after one period, with Mattawa leading 3-1 after two frames, and out scoring the visitors 3-1 in the final stanza. As for the X-Files connection, the Vipers are coached by Michelle Mulder, while two little Mulders, Sonic and Felix, are players on the club.
Recent NDHL action in Atom play saw the Rockets win twice and lose once.
On November 24, the Rockets came out flat in Powassan and lost a 7-0 decision to the Hawks. Lucas Conrad possessed the killing talons, scoring four times, including the winner.
The Rockets rebounded the next day (Nov. 25) in Mattawa with a 6-4 victory over the Osprey Link East Nipissing Vipers. Noah Backer had the hat trick, including the winner, and two assists to lead the way. Other goals went to Joshua Neddo with a pair, and Leah Chenier, while the other helper went to Aedan Leadston.
Mattawa led 1-0 after one period, but fell behind 3-2 after two frames. The third stanza was an exciting period, especially for the Mattawa fans, as there was a lot of scoring. With 6:54 left in the game, Mattawa tied it at 3-3, but the Vipers responded 49 seconds later to take a 4-3 lead. Was it over? No way. The Rockets switched on the boosters in the late stages of the match and fired three goals in two minutes and 11 seconds, the tying and winning tallies coming in a 15-second span, and the insurance goal being scored with 59.9 seconds remaining in the game. The home side took two of the three penalties whistled down by referee Charles Contant.
Kenzy Huard scored the winner with only 18.7 seconds left in the game, to help the Rockets to an exciting 4-3 victory over the East Nipissing Vipers on December 9 at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
Mattawa led 1-0 after the first period, with the clubs tied at 2-2 after two frames. The Rockets outscored the Vipers 2-1 in the final stanza. Huard and Backer both had two goals, while Chenier and Leadston had assists. The lead changed three times during the game. With Mattawa leading 1-0 in the second period, the visitors scored twice in a 56-second span to take a 2-1 lead, but Mattawa tied it at 2-2 before the end of the period. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead with 4:24 remaining in the game, but less than two minutes later the Vipers tied it at 3-3, to set up Huard’s heroics. No penalties were called in the matchup.
After a slow start to the season, the Pee Wee Rockets are shifting into high orbit, as the club recently registered two shutout victories, 7-0 and 4-0, against the East Nipissing Vipers (Perrons Freshmart) on December 8 at the Mike Rodden Arena.
The first game saw Denver Landriault with two goals and one assist, Henry Wunsch with a pair of tallies, and Owen Williams with a duo of counters lead the way for the Rockets. Noah Webster had the other goal, while Cole Neault, Connor Ross, Hailey Belanger, and Tara Maxwell registered assists. Mattawa led 3-0 after the first period, two of the goals scored in a 10-second span (one with 54 seconds remaining in the period and the other with 44 seconds left). The Rockets fired one goal in the second frame and added three insurance tallies in the third stanza. One penalty was called and it went to the visitors.
Webster was the big gun in the second contest, scoring the hat trick. Williams had the other tally as well as an assist. Maxwell and Ross had the other assists. Mattawa led 2-0 after one period, 3-0 after two frames, and scored the only goal in the third stanza. Again there was only one penalty called in the game, and again it went to the visitors, and once again, it went to the same player. Rocket goaltender Tanner Barnes registered both shutouts.
The Bantam Rockets have been doing very well so far this season in NDHL play, and recently celebrated three victories.
On November 4, led by the shutout goaltending of William Thompson-Gariepy, the Rockets blanked the East Nipissing Vipers (Wrightway Sportswear) 4-0 in Astorville. Goal getters were Maddox Backer with a pair, Daniel Franceour and Eoghan Drumm. Faidge Janveaux chipped in with an assist. The Rockets led 3-0 after one period and the same after two frames. Mattawa added an insurance goal in the third stanza. Seven penalties were called in the contest, five of them going to the home side.
On December 8, the Rockets took two games of a doubleheader, 3-2 and 3-1, against an unnamed all-girls club in Mattawa.
The first game saw Backer fire two tallies including the winner to lead the way. Janveaux had the other goal while Drumm with two and Alex Roberts chipped in with assists.
Janveaux was in on all three goals in the second game, scoring twice and adding an assist, to lead the way. Drumm had the other tally and it turned out to be the winner. Kelora Huard added an assist. It was 2-1 for Mattawa after one period and the same after two frames. The Rockets fired an insurance tally with 2:05 remaining in the third stanza. No penalties were whistled down.
The Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) has posted hosts and schedules for the 2018-2019 playoffs.
Check our Playoff Schedule page for the link to the information.
By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 20
Sunday, December 9, 2018
In Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) action recently, the Mattawa Rockets fared very well, as the clubs won four of five games. All games were played at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.Read More...
After losing a close 6-5 decision to the Powassan Hawks on November 25, the Novice Rockets rebounded with a 7-3 victory on December 2 against the East Nipissing Vipers. No goal scorers were available for the first game, and all goal getters were not available for the second match, but it appears that Colton Sarrazin had the hat trick, while Chase Rodgers had a single counter.
The Atom category saw the Mattawa Rockets come up with a 6-4 win over the East Nipissing Vipers on November 25. Noah Backer was in on five of the six Rocket tallies, as he had the hat trick including the winner and two assists. Joshua Neddo chipped in with a pair of counters while Leah Chenier scored once. Aedan Leadston added an assist. There was no scoring in the first period with the Vipers leading 3-2 after two frames. The third stanza saw Mattawa knot things up at 3-3 but the visitors came right back 49 seconds later to take a 4-3 lead. That is when the home side turned on the Rockets and fired three goals in a 2:11 span, two of them in 15 seconds, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Three penalties were called in the game, two of them going to Mattawa.
Two goals and one assist by Noah Webster led the Pee Wee Rockets to a 6-1 victory over the East Nipissing Vipers (Perrons Freshmart) on November 25. Other tallies went to Logan Morin, Henry Wunsch, Denver Landriault and Person Groulx. Other assists were registered by Wunsch, Morin and Tara Maxwell. Mattawa led 3-1 after the first period, scoring the first two goals in a 31- second span and getting the third one with only a half second left in the period. There was no scoring in the second frame, but Mattawa put the game away with a trio of tallies in the third stanza. Webster was credited with the winning counter. The home side received the only penalty whistled down in the matchup.
In the Bantam league, led by the shutout goaltending of William Thompson-Gariepy and the hat trick by Pee Wee call-up Noah Webster, the Mattawa Rockets blanked the North Bay Midget Ice Boltz 6-0.Other Rocket goals went to John Von Hassell, Maddox Backer, and Daniel Franceour. Kelora Huard chipped in with an assist. Von Hassell was credited with the winning goal. Mattawa led 1-0 after the first period, 2-0 after the second frame, and added four insurance counters in the third stanza. Four penalties were called in the contest, three of them going to the visitors.
Ongoing at this time and loaded with exRocket players is the Mattawa Men’s Hockey League (MMHL). Games are played at the Mike Rodden Arena every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Double headers are usually featured on Sundays at 7 and 8:10 PM. Four teams make up the 2018-19 schedule including Janveaux, Contak, Myrts and Nortech. For more information, contact Stephan Belanger, Guy Huard, Erik Bittner or Joe McNabb.
The 2018 Parade of Lights occurred on Saturday November 24th in the evening. Once again, the Rockets took up the challenge of decorating a float and participating in the parade. The float won 3rd prize and the Rockets took back $50.00 to the club!
MMHA and the Rockets would like to thank one of their sponsors for providing a truck and trailer for the float.
More photos of the winning float and the rest of the parade can be found in the following album.
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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.Read More...
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.
On November 17th, 2018 the Atom Rockets played in the Atom House B tournament hosted by the Deep River and Area Minor Hockey Association in Deep River. The team brought home the Runner Up Medal.
1st game – Madison Rodgers
2nd game – Rylan Yule
3rd game – Noah Backer
By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 16
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Without the help of the background people, or those behind the scenes, the minor hockey players that are watched on the ice and the Mattawa Minor Hockey Association (MMHA), may not even exist.Read More...
And to help make it so, taking the words of the famous Star Trek captain of the Enterprise, Jean Luc Picard, the MMHA has an executive to lead the way and boldly go where no player has gone before in the hockey universe.
The MMHA executive includes such members as Brandon Neault (president), Ashley Jodouin (vice president), Tracy Bellaire (treasurer), Jenna Yule (secretary), Jenna Yule and Kathryn Neault (sponsorship), and seven directors consisting of Malcolm Whalley, Kathryn Neault, Mandy Leclerc, Jeremy Rodgers, Glen Thompson, Richard Von Hassell, and Sherri Brouse.
Anyway, action on the ice at the Mike Rodden Arena recently saw the Tyke and Novice teams join forces and engage in a fun exhibition tussle, with the score finally ending in a 12-12 stalemate.
The Tyke 2018-19 roster, which contains Squirt aged players, includes Ethan Barnhardt, Lacy Bellaire, Colton Champagne, Isabella Champagne, Barrett Chicquen, Dillan Dupras, Calvin Duquette, Alexander Gallupe, Kowen InDenBosch, Quinn Jodouin, Asher Marcotte, Benjamin Marcotte, Tripp McNabb, Chad Michaud, Jude Neault, Sadie Snider, Jace Tolton, Dali Turcotte, Ryder Whalley, Dalton Wilson, and Aubree Wilson——21 players in total.
Coaching staff for the Tyke club includes Joe McNabb (coach), Danny Turcotte (assistant coach), Kathryn Neault (trainer), and Chantale Duquette (manager).
On October 27, the Novice Rockets travelled to Astorville, and returned home with a 6-2 victory over the East Nipissing Vipers.
Rain Meilleur, with the first two goals of his minor hockey career, and Owen Smith, also with a pair of tallies, led the way for the Rockets. Other goals went to Dominik Pellerin and Colton Sarrazin. Sarrazin’s goal turned out to be the winner. The Vipers led 1-0 after the first period, but five goals in less than eight minutes in the second frame carried the Rockets to the win. It was 5-2 after the second period for Mattawa, with the Rockets getting the only tally in the third stanza.
Other players on the Novice roster include Reid Backer, Chase Rodgers, Kaydence InDenBosch, Owen Marcotte, River Walters, Roslyn Yule, and Bryson Carrier.
That same day, the Atom Rockets were in Temiscaming, Quebec, and didn’t have a very good time, having sizzled and crashed, as the Royals crowned them 10-1. There was no stopping Pierre-Luc Bernard as he potted five goals for the Royals. Blake Belanger fired the lone goal for Mattawa.
And again on that same day, the Bantam Rockets were also in Temiscaming, and after losing a close 3-2 decision to the Royals in the first game, the Rockets bounced back with a very impressive 4-1 beating of the Quebec club in the second matchup.
Maddox Backer and Eoghan Drumm fired the goals for Mattawa in the first match, with Bryant Elliott earning an assist. It was 1-1 after one period, 2-2 after two frames, with Mattawa coming back to knot things late in both frames. Temiscaming eventually fired the winner with 2:36 remaining in the final stanza.
The next contest was a different story as the Rockets led from start to finish. After building up a 3-0 lead in the first period, and leading 4-0 after two frames, the Rockets cruised through the third stanza; the bid for a shutout was broken with 5:13 left in the game.
Elliott scored once, which turned out to be the winning goal, and added an assist for the Rockets. Other tallies went to Drumm, Backer, and Cari Bernard. Faidge Janveaux chipped in with an assist.
With only four skaters on the bench, the Rockets were impressive defensively and offensively, the goaltending was sound, and although she didn’t figure in the scoring, defenseman (or defensegirl), Kelora Huard, probably the best player on the ice that day, was all over the ice, breaking up Royal plays, clearing the puck out of the defensive zone, and occasionally sneaking into the Royal end for a chance on goal.
Other players on the Bantam roster include William Thompson-Gariepy, John VonHassell, Alex Roberts, and Daniel Franceour.
Coaching staff includes Denis Janveaux (coach/trainer), Brett Neault (assistant coach), Ryan Yerlitz (assistant coach), and Ashley Jodouin (manager).
By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 15
Sunday, November 4, 2018
It’s that time of year again.
There are not four but five seasons in a year—spring, summer, autumn, winter— and the best season, hockey season.Read More...
And the Mattawa Rockets are in full swing for the 2018-19 season, as Tyke, Novice, Atom, PeeWee and Bantam clubs vie for supremacy in their respective divisions. For the second year in a row, there will be no Mattawa Midget team due to the lack of players.
Recently, the Novice Rockets travelled to Temiscaming, Quebec, and retreated home with two shutout losses.
The Novice league is a whole new ballgame this year, as they play in a half-ice surface situation with a four-on-four format. There are no face offs except at the beginning of each period, and there are no whistles blown for offsides, icing, penalties except for injury situations. Shifts for the players last one minute as a horn is blown to signal a change, and the play is continuous, even when a goal is scored, so there is no time to celebrate. A scoresheet is available but some areas do not keep track of the goal getters. According to sources, this kind of play will last until the new year, and then the Novice league will revert to the full-ice format. Much feedback on the new format is not too positive.
Anyway, the Novice Rockets bounced back from the two losses against Temiscaming on October 20, and came up with a 1-1 tie and a 3-2 victory against the Powassan Hawks in Mattawa on October 21.
What a difference from playing in the arena in Temiscaming and then playing at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa. Temiscaming has a very impressive arena complex, and it is home to the very successful Temiscaming Titans of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMJHL). Remember, Mattawa had a team, the Blackhawks, in this league a few years back. There are 23 teams in the league at this time with two divisions, 11 clubs in the North Division which includes Temiscaming, and 12 in the South Division. It looks like three players from North Bay play with the Titans, and besides the six other Canadians on the club, the rest are foreign players coming from such places as Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Russia. The team that the Titans played recently, the New Tecumseth Civics, have 10 Russians on their roster, and a player each from Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, and Sweden.
The Atom Rockets started their campaign with two losses, identical 3-1 scores to the Amalguin Gazelles (an all-girls Pee Wee club), on October 21 in Mattawa.
Kenzy Huard and Noah Backer were the goal scorers for the Rockets while Aedan Leadston and Leah Chenier registered assists.
Other players on the Rocket roster include Rylan Yule, Blake Belanger, Ben Allard, Amaya Thompson, Madison Rodgers, Peyton Whalley, Peyton Roberts, Kai Meilleur, Joshua Neddo, and Tara Pellerin.
Coaching staff includes Malcolm Whalley (head coach), Annie Geriepy Thompson (trainer), Sherri Brouse (manager), and Neve Belanger (assistant coach).
The Pee Wee began their schedule on a sour note, losing two games, 7-3 and 5-2, to the Royals in Temiscaming on October 20.
It should be noted, and in their defense, the Rockets have had little time to get ready for this season, maybe four practices, while most other teams especially the Royals have been practicing since August.
Anyway, Noah Webster scored once and added two assists in the first game. Other goals went to Bradley Bernard and Denver Landriault. Henry Wunsch had an assist.
In the second matchup, Wunsch had both tallies for Mattawa while Casey Jones chipped in with a helper. Temiscaming led 2-0 after one period but the Rockets stormed back in the second frame to knot things up at 2-2, but two quick tallies early in the final stanza by the Royals erased any idea of a Rocket victory.
Other players on the Pee Wee club includes Cole Dupuis-Neault, Tara Maxwell, Owen Williams, Haley Belanger, Connor Ross, Pearson Groulx, Peyton Lamirante, Kurt Guignon, Logan Morin, and Tanner Barnes.
Coaching staff includes Dean Backer (head coach), D’arcy Backer (trainer and assistant coach), Robbie Jones (manager), and Brandon Neault (assistant manager).