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Back row: Adam Treffry, Tyler Ruthowsky, Quinten Lisle, Joseph Stechey and Devyn Bhatia. Middle row: Drake Deroches, Callum Holt, Carter Susi, Nick Lehman, Jessie Hay, Jacob Stegne, Bradley Hillman, Noah Drury, Zachary Gratton and Ben Miller. Front row: goalies Matthew Pocrnic and Kyle Magri. Absent is Thomas Domangue

Persistence pays off for Avalanche Novice Selects

The Ancaster Avalanche Novice Select won the 2014 Motown Cup by defeating Amherstburg 2-1 in the championship game. The tight game went into sudden death overtime and was won with a goal by Quinten Lisle after a hard-fought scramble in front of the net.

Persistence was the hallmark of the Ancaster team throughout the tournament. Forward Noah Drury was awarded tournament MVP. Drury’s drive and focus made him formidable against the opposition. Goalies Matthew Pocrnic and Kyle Magri were largely unstoppable, meeting each challenge with confidence and athleticism.

Scoring in the first game of the tournament got off to a fast start from Zachary Gratton, and was followed by successive goals during the weekend from Bradley Hillman, Nick Lehman, Thomas Domangue, Jessie Hay, Drury and Lisle. A range of assists from Tyler Ruthowsky, Joseph Stechey, Ben Miller, Jacob Stegne, Carter Susi, Callum Holt, Drake Deroches, Adam Treffry, Devyn Bhatia, Lehman, Drury, Lisle, Hillman and Gratton illustrate the passing game the team successfully built.

“I am very proud of the kids in the way they developed given our limited amount of practice time,” said head coach Dan Lisle.

“They all came together as a team and played their very hardest with some of them playing out of position. After losing the previous two tournaments in the finals, the boys were determined to get a win to end their year. A special thanks to the coaches, managers and parents for a great year of hockey.”

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