The Novice team began their playoffs on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
The team played against the North Bay Ice Boltz and lost with the score being 3-2.
The team then played again at 10:00 am on Saturday against the Almaguin Gazelles; they played hard but had a 3-2 loss.
The team had another chance against the East Nipissing Vipers at 5:00 pm on Saturday and won with an 8-3 lead.
Come Sunday, the team played in the semi finals at noon against the East Nipissing Vipers 2 team and won 5-3. This gave the team the opportunity to advance into the finals.
In the finals, the team played at 3:00 pm against the Temiscaming Royals and played their hearts out!!!! They ended up with a 7-2 loss, but couldn’t be happier with bringing the silver home.
The whole coaching staff is incredibly proud of our team. What a way to end our season!
On February 10, the Midget Rockets travelled Highway 11 north to New Liskeard and participated in the Temiskaming Shores annual hockey tournament.Read More...
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.
Novice won silver !
Atoms won gold !
Peewee won gold !
Bantam won silver !
Stay tuned for details and photos!
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.
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…
The Mattawa Minor Hockey Rockets’ Squirts, Tykes and Novice teams in the past years have had a visit from Santa Claus during their last practice before Christmas where Santa distributed a gift to each player.
This year the teams decided to do something a little different and to make Christmas a little brighter to those under home care, in the Mattawa Hospital or clients of Community Living.
Each player bought a gift suitable for these patients and clients and brought it to their last practice on the Monday before Christmas. Santa and his Elf joined the players on the ice and showed off some of their stick handling skills and then joined them and their families upstairs where everyone enjoyed pizza and great desserts and treats prepared by the hockey Moms and Dads.
After eating and visiting with Santa it was time to get down to work. The players and their families sat at tables and on the floor and carefully wrapped and labelled each gift.
Annie, a Home Care nurse and hockey Mom, who came up with the idea that the parents and players immediately embraced, took the wrapped gifts and on her day off on the Friday before Christmas, personally delivered each gift to a home care client so as to not breach the confidentiality of the identity of the patients.
Later that day parents and Rockets players delivered the remainder of the gifts to Community Living and the Mattawa hospital for their clients and patients.
This was a great project which highlighted the spirit of giving at Christmas and hopefully added some cheer to those who received the gifts.
Congratulations Rockets, coaches and parents !!
by Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
The hockey files shows that the Tyke Rockets, with a small roster, is having a hard time as of late, but things can only go up for the club.
In recent action, the Rockets lost three games, two at home at the Mike Rodden Arena and one on the road to Astorville. The scores were 6-2 and 3-2 in Mattawa, and 5-0 away from Mattawa. Lauren Janveaux scored three of the four goals for Mattawa in those games while Chase Rodgers had the other.Read More...
Novice action saw the Rockets tie 6-6 and lose 12-3 against the Royals in the Quebec town of Temiscaming.
Noah Backer scored five times as the Rockets came back from a 6-4 deficit to earn the tie. Joshua Neddo had the other tally. The Rockets just ran out of gas in the losing cause, as the Royals took a 6-3 lead after two frames and then blasted six red lighters in the third stanza. Backer had the hat trick for Mattawa.
The Atom Rockets are doing very well this season.
In recent play, the Atoms won big in three matches, 10-3 over the Clean Water Solutions Vipers (date unavailable), 13-0 over the Atom B Ice Boltz on Nov. 26th, and 7-3 over the same Ice Boltz on Dec. 5.
Noah Webster fired four goals and added an assist in the first win. Other tallies went to Denver Landriault with two, Casey Jones, Owen Williams, Tanner Barnes, and one unavailable scorer. Other helpers went to Henry Wunsch, Peyton Lamirante, and Jones. Williams was credited with the winner.
Four counters by Wunsch and three by Williams led the way for the Rockets in the next victory. Other goals went to Landriault with a duo, Barnes, Webster, Cole Neault, and an unavailable scorer. One assist was awarded to Barnes. Williams again was credited with the winning tally. Mattawa led 7-0 after one period, 11-0 after two frames, and added two more tallies in the third stanza. Bradlee Bernard recorded the shutout.
The hat trick and one assist effort by Wunsch led the way for the Rockets in the third win. Other goals went to Webster with two, Landriault, and Williams. Other assists went to Williams and four unavailable names. Wunsch was credited with the winning tally. Mattawa led 2-1 after one period, 5-2 after two frames, and outscored the Boltz 2-1 in the final stanza. No penalties were called in the matchup.
All the games were in Mattawa.
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.Read More...
Gold was the aim of the team, but silver is better than nothing.
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.