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05.16.2018
Dollard, CAMO claim 14U Eastern National Championships

Sunday marked the conclusion of the 14 and under Eastern National Championships at Claude-Robillard in Montreal. After three days of competition, it was the CAMO boys and the Dollard girls who earned the right to stand on the top step of the podium. With the victory, Dollard collected their third consecutive championship at the 14U level. For CAMO, the title was their first ever at the 14U boys level. CAMO has now won a championship in an amazing five of the eight possible NCL categories.

Dollard’s 14U girls entered into the tournament as one of the favourites, and they did nothing to dispel that notion through their first few games. On Friday they started off the round robin against Saint-Lambert. The game stayed close in the early stages of the first quarter, but Dollard would take control by scoring six straight goals. The defense then closed the door only allowing two goals in a 10-2 victory. The next game, they would face the Ottawa Titans where their offence would catch fire as they had ten different players score at least one goal. The game ended 16-5 for Dollard. On Saturday, they would have to first face off against fellow undefeated Mavericks in the first game of the day. Dollard’s Ashley Ferguson had a fantastic game as she scored six goals to help her team defeat the Mavericks 13-3. In their second game of the day against Montreal Machine, Dollard faced their first tight contest of the competition. Machine kept it close for the first two quarters and were down just one entering the third. However, in the third, Dollard's Serena Browne would score back to back goals to give her team a three-goal lead. They would not relinquish the lead as they won the game 9-5. DDO last round robin game was against Capital Wave, who needed a win to set up a rematch against Dollard in the gold medal game. Ashley Ferguson again stepped up for her team as she scored another six goals to propel Dollard to a 12-6 win and a place in the finals.

The battle for the 2nd spot in the Final came down to Mavericks and Capital Wave. Mavericks needed to win their last two games to have a chance at the final spot in the gold medal match. The first match was against Capital Wave, who only needed a win over the Mavericks to book a place in the gold medal match. This matchup was a very tight and defensive battle with no team giving an inch. The Mavericks held the lead throughout most of the game but not by much. With less than ten seconds to go in the game and up by one, Ryleigh Kay would score her second goal of the game to put the Mavericks up by two. Capital Wave responded with a quick goal, but they would eventually run out of time as the Mavericks won 5-4. In the last game against the Ottawa Titans, the Mavericks would go down one goal early in the game. This early lead would not faze them as they would go on to score nine unanswered goals. They would win the game 9-1, and with Capital Wave's loss to Dollard, they clinched the last spot in the gold medal game as the second seed.

The bronze medal match would feature Capital Wave and Montreal Machine. Capital Wave won the round-robin game 8-7 on Friday, and the Machine were looking to turn the tables. Both the round robin game and the bronze medal game started similarly, with Machine jumping out to early 4-2 leads. In the round robin, Capital Wave was able to fight back for the victory, led by the six goals of Lashyn Ahmad. In the rematch however, Machine was able to keep Ahmad in check, holding her to two goals, while keep the rest of the Wave players off the score sheet. There would be no comeback this time as Machine scored all four goals in the 2nd half to win the bronze medal game by a score of 8-2.

The gold medal match between Dollard and Mavericks would not reflect the round robin match between the teams either. In the round robin, Dollard scored the first seven goals of the game in the first nine minutes of play to put the game away early. In the final, DDO could only muster two goals against a revamped Mavericks defense entering the 2nd half. Defensively, DDO had held firm in the first half so their two goals were standing up, as Mavericks had yet to find the scoresheet. An early goal in the third by Mavericks’ Ryleigh Kay cut the lead to 2-1, and started to make the possibility of an upset seem more and more likely. The next goal would prove pivotal, and it was DDO’s Ashley Ferguson who would find the back of the net to restore DDO’s two goal margin. From then on, DDO’s defense would secure the championship. Tournament MVP Serena Browne would disrupt several Maverick attacks with steals, deflections, and blocks, and Most Valuable Goaltender Hannah Primeau turned aside several of the quality shots that did manage to find their way through. Mavericks were only able to manage one late goal the rest of the way, and Dollard captured the gold medal with their 5-2 win.

On the boys’ side, CAMO was the top seed in Pool A and would start off their round robin against provincial foe Dollard. CAMO started the game off by scoring six straight goals in the first quarter alone. They would never look back as they would win the game 19-7. Adrien Bilodeau and Anis Amarouche had themselves a game as they combined for 15 of CAMO’s 19 goals. In the second game of the round robin, CAMO would have to face the Ottawa Titans. The Titans would keep the score close with Tomas Andrijasevic scoring two goals in the first half to keep the Titans tied with CAMO entering the third quarter. In the third, Anas Gadiri and Anis Amarouche would both score two goals each to put the game out of reach as CAMO would win 9-7. On Saturday, the final game of the round robin for CAMO had them facing the Mavericks Red. The offense would take off again, and the defense allowed only two goals as they would go on to win the game 15-2 and finish the round-robin with a perfect 3-0-0.

Pool B was headlined by three very strong teams. Mavericks Black were looking to make it back to the gold medal game for the fourth straight year and were the top seed in the pool. Montreal Machine, the 2017 defending champions were the number two seed, and Shadow, the 2017 bronze medalists were the third seed, meaning that all three podium finishers from 2017 were in the same pool. It was sure to be a great battle between the three teams for the two available semi-final spots. Mavericks Black vs Shadow was a game of runs. Mavericks started out with the first three goals of the game, only to watch Shadow score five of the next six to take the lead at the half. Mavericks would then retake the lead and put the game away by scoring seven unanswered goals in the 3rd and 4th quarters, recording a 12-5 victory. Mavericks vs Machine was a tight defensive contest. Neither team ever led by more than one goal, and after a tying Machine goal with five and a half minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, neither team can find a goal the rest of the way, the game ending deadlocked at four all. The tie for Mavericks, coupled with their wins over Shadow and the Toronto Golden Jets, meant Mavericks were qualified through to the semi-final. Machine vs Shadow would decide the remaining spot. Shadow looked poised to take the victory, leading 7-4 entering the 4th quarter. Machine would then go on a four-goal run to take the lead 8-7. Shadow would then tie the game with 23 seconds left, only to see Machine to retake the lead just three seconds later. The frantic last 30 seconds didn’t stop there though, as Shadow scored with 9 seconds left to tie the game and managed to steal and fire a last 2nd heave at the Machine net, that just went high. The tie was good enough for Machine to advance to the semis, where they would face CAMO.

In the semi-final game, CAMO would have to face the defending champions, Montreal Machine. CAMO started out strong as they would hold a 4-1 lead entering the third quarter. The Machine would fight back as Évrard Pérès would score three goals in the third to bring them within one. In the fourth, the Machine would tie the game with Luc Bojorquez’s second power-play goal of the game. However, CAMO would respond a few moments later as Anis Amarouche would score his fourth goal of the game to give them the lead 7-6. The score would not change as CAMO advanced to the gold medal game.

The other semi-final pitted Mavericks Black against the Ottawa Titans, runners up in Pool A. Mavericks got on a roll early in the game, jumping to leads of 4-0 after one, 6-1 after two, and 8-2 after three. Titans were not able to put their stamp on the game at any point, and Mavericks advanced to the final with a 10-4 victory.

In the bronze medal game, Montreal Machine faced off against the Ottawa Titans. Both teams were looking to bounce back from their semi-final losses the previous day. The Machine’s goaltender Samuel Chalifoux-Walker had himself a game as he only allowed one goal in the whole match. Offensively the Machine were led by Vladyslav Shabalin and Luc Bojorquez who combined to score all of the team’s goals. Montreal Machine would take the game 6-1 and the bronze medal.

In the gold medal game, Mavericks Black were looking to take their third gold medal in four years while CAMO were looking for their first medal in the 14U Eastern National Championships. After two quarters, the game was tied 3-3 as both defenses were playing strong. Whatever was said in the halftime break must have really spurred CAMO on though, as after the restart for quarter three, CAMO’s offence exploded, scoring eight unanswered goals. Anas Gadiri and Anis Amarouche led the way again as they combined for eight goals in the game. The final score was 11-3 for CAMO, winners of their first-ever 14U Eastern National Championship.

A special thank you to all who attended the 14U Eastern National Finals at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal this weekend. Water Polo Canada would especially like to thank host club CAMO for their help in hosting the 2018 14U Eastern National Championships.

Final Rankings 

14U Boys

  1. CAMO
  2. Mavericks
  3. Montréal Machine
  4. Ottawa Titans
  5. Shadow
  6. Dollard
  7. Toronto Golden Jets
  8. Mavericks Red

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Mahmoud Rouby, Mavericks

Most Valuable Goalie: Clément Bilodeau, CAMO

Most Valuable Coach: Maxime Crevier, CAMO

Most Valuable Player : Anis Amarouche, CAMO

14U Girls

  1. DDO
  2. Mavericks
  3. Montreal Machine
  4. Capital Wave
  5. Saint-Lambert
  6. Ottawa Titans

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Ciara Dennehy, Mavericks

Most Valuable Goalie: Hannah Primeau, DDO

Most Valuable Coach:  Bailey Hardy, DDO

Most Valuable Player: Serena Browne, DDO

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
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