Midget Comets win Upper Ottawa Valley Minor Hockey League Championship


Photo: Kneeling left to right: Felix Rivet, Erick Morrissette, Jean-Michel Landry, Venka Bonnerot. Standing left to right: Head coach Pascal Graveline, Trainer Gabi Morin, Vincent Morin, Assistant coach Guy Boisvert, Assistant captain Xavier Graveline, Preston Herault , Javier Morin, Captain Tyson Ferrigan, Donovan Levesque, Assistant captain Hugo Boisvert, Paul Labine, Assistant Captain Evan Laroche, Pierre-Luc Lariviere, Thomas Pilon, Jaden Lariviere, Jordan Acres-Levesque, and Manager Tim Ferrigan.

Tim Ferrigan

The Fort-Coulonge Midget Comets had the biggest win of their lives on Sunday, defeating the Renfrew Timberwolves at the Upper Ottawa Valley Minor Hockey League’s Midget playoffs to become the A division champions.

The Comets finished 3rd out of 13 teams in the regular season, just behind Arnprior and Renfrew. Along the way they gained some momentum with tournament wins in Barry’s Bay, Kingston and Shawville.

The top 7 teams would play for the A championship, while the bottom 6 teams would play for the B, and only the top two teams would advance to the A-finals. All six round-robin games were hard fought but the Comets found a way to finished undefeated, securing first place with a record of 4-0-2.

The top 2 teams met in a final series with the first team to 4 points being awarded the championship. Fort-Coulonge earned home ice advantage and hosted game 1 on March 24, ending in a 2-2 tie.

Saturday, game 2 was in Renfrew and you could feel the tension.  Renfrew tied it up late the final score was 3-3.

Sunday, game 3 in Fort-Coulonge would determine the winner.  The Fort-Coulonge arena was packed with 200-300 spectators.  Fort Coulonge scored in the first period for the lead.  Fort Coulonge scored in the second period to put them up 2-0.  They then leaned on their goaltender and played defensive.  They killed a few late penalties and fought off a 6 on 4 attack in the final minutes.  The goaltender secured the shutout and the Comets took home the championship.  They were awarded the trophy, plaque and medals by league representatives and everyone celebrated.