February 2020 Newsletter
Congratulations to the following WestLuc teams for qualifying for the regional playoffs:
- Peewee A Knights
- Peewee B Canadiens
- Midget A Royal Knights
- Midget B Royal Knights
Early in the month, the MAGH 2 group played a friendly match against Montreal West in their chilly home rink. The kids enjoyed playing in front of a goaltender for the first half and shooting on one for the second half. I’m sure at least a few kids enjoyed a hot chocolate after the game, as well. Later in the month, they played two games over a fun-filled weekend at the DDO tournament. The kids played well, enjoying the excitement of playing in real games. New jerseys, medals, and personalized photos in full gear were icing on the cake.
Novice 1 Canucks
Our month started off, where Jan left off, with our weekend in Ottawa! It was an incredible weekend that our kids won’t forget! After the tournament, the rest of the month wasn’t as exciting but was still lots of fun. Coming off of the great competition that the kids faced in Ottawa, the kids really raised their play both during the games and practices. They played and practice with a new found intensity. We worked on a lot of skill development this month, practicing their skating, shooting and passing skills. We finished the month off with a fantastic game against MRO and we’re looking forward to March, and our last month together this season.
Novice 4 Capitals
The Novice 4 Capitals have had a lighter game schedule this month but lots of fun nonetheless. It has been great to see how the kids are improving their skills like skating backwards, passing the puck, forechecking and moving the puck out of the danger zone! With the end of the season fast approaching we look forward to our remaining time together!
Atom A Canucks
The Atom A Canucks ended their regular season with an awesome 2-1 win over the second-ranked Thunderbirds of St-Laurent!
Prior to the start of the game, coach Allon took the time to give a longer than usual, and obviously influential, motivational speech.
The kids started off strong right away within the first few seconds of the game, and scored their first goal in the first period. The goal was scored by center Idan Segalovich while wingers Aria Changizi and Noah Galambos aggressively held off the defensemen around Idan. The second goal was scored by center Zachary Pollak, wearing the C for the game, for his second goal in two straight games! Again, the goal scorer was well supported by his wingers, with David Finkel in deep and Jude George staying tough along the boards to keep control of the puck and give Zachary the perfect centering pass.
The team’s defense played a strong game, with Max Kapusta, Aidan Martz, Isaac Sachs and Jason Yuan shutting down the Thunderbirds’ forwards and clearing every puck off in front of goaltender Jordan Pollack. They kept the team alive by giving the opposing team very few scoring chances. And when shots did get through, goalie Jordan made many fantastic stops and kept the Thunderbirds scoreless for the first two periods. Unfortunately missing from the game were Gabriel Arzouan and Davey Silver, who facetimed the team from Florida to wish everyone good luck!
The players were very proud of their win, and more importantly showed true grit on the ice for the entire game. One of the factors that contributed to their win is that they didn’t get discouraged or lose their momentum after the Thunderbirds’ goal. They stuck together as a team and applied pressure until the last second of the game!
The team celebrated the win with a tough practice the next day with Harold!
The Atom A Canucks are on a roll and ready for playoffs!!
Atom B Canadiens
February was a busier month for the Atom B Canadiens having 4 games, including 2 games in one day and 3 practices. The teams are developing despite the lack of wins. Our team has remained positive and the general attitude and atmosphere in the dressing rooms is positive. Spring break this year has made it a bit difficult to get a full team for both our practices and games. Our team played a game against one of the top teams with only 8 skaters and we held our own for most of the game. The coaches were very proud of what the boys pulled off with such a small lineup. Luckily the league was helpful in changing one of our games for our team. We realize that this years has brought many challenges with not having a home rink but I believe that the CSLMHA did a great job of getting us as much ice as possible. It can’t have been easy listening to all the coaches complaining about getting more ice time…lol. It will be nice to have our rink back next year. Let’s hope we have a great playoffs. Good luck to all of our teams.
Peewee B Canadiens
February was a very busy month for the PeeWee B Canadiens. The team has continuously improving, pushing to get better and contending for a spot in regionals. On Super Bowl Sunday our Canadiens played the other PeeWee B Westluc Team in an outdoor exhibition game as part of the Hampstead Winter Carnival festivities. All the kids had a great time. The Canadiens then partook in a hockey tournament in Jay Peak. It was a phenomenal experience. The kids competed hard but more importantly really came together during this time.
- By Coach Scott Rozansky
I am very passionate about hockey. There is always such excitement before each game.
I love playing the game, being on ice, fighting for the puck.
The satisfaction when my team scores a goal is unbelievable!
But hockey is more then that.
It taught me the meaning of friendship, and sportsmanship.
I learned that the game is more then just winning or losing, but being there for my team players.
It taught me that the game is not about me, but about my team.
The Jay Peaks tournament was by far my best experience as a hockey player.
It strengthened my friendships between all the players and improved our game greatly.
We had a blast on and off the ice.
Thank you to all my coaches that constantly push us to be better. They always make sure that we give our 100%.
I look forward to the last part of the season and to playoffs, and hopefully regionals.
- By Shmouel Banon
Congratulations to the Midget A Royal Knights for finishing first in the league!
Peewee BB Kings
It was an extremely productive month of February for the PWBB Kings. With a busy schedule of 9 games, the team skated to an amazing record of 7 wins 1 loss and 1 tie, while outscoring their opponents 41 - 16, and their run included a 5-1 domination win over the 1st place Lachine Maroons. Their amazing month helped send the Kings upwards in the standings moving from 5th place into sole possession of 2nd. With one league game remaining, the Kings have fine-tuned their game playing awesome system-based hockey, and are showing that they are ready for their first playoff game in mid-March.
Bantam BB Kings
Our team had a relatively quiet month of February, with only 2 regular season games and a tournament in St-Eustache. The kids have a great attitide and have been working hard on the ice, at the Hockey Lab and at CoreXcellence. Despite our weak record, every player has improved significantly since the start and the season, and look forward to a competitive post-season run. Now it is time for some playoff magic!