Jason Ward

By Jason Ward

Congratulations to the Niagara on the Lake (Phil’s ValuMart) AE Wolves for winning the Niagara District Hockey League Belcot B Championship title. The Wolves played hard all season building momentum to gain a spot in the District finals. They swept the final round winning two straight games against their worthy opponents the Welland Minor A team. The first game of the round was played Saturday night in Welland. Austin Gould scored a beautiful and only goal of the game , assisted by Ethan Carmichael. Throughout the game, strong back checking from our forwards; Matthew Ward, Josh Pasco, Jay Rider, and Nathan Wilson ensured the Wolves held on to the victory. Eric Randall, the team goaltender, played an outstanding game, earning a playoff shutout. Game #2 followed on Sunday night. With home ice advantage and a tremendous amount of Wolf support from family and friends, The Atom AE team were ready to play the game of their lives and they delivered. Eric Randall continued to be strong between the pipes and kept us in the game. Welland scored the first goal of the game in the second period. Wolves player Ethan Carmichael scored a fantastic goal to tie things up, assisted by Austin Gould. Going into the third period, a very determined Wolves defence man Keaton Boldt made some incredible moves to come in from the point around the Welland players and put the puck past the goalie. Keaton's goal was the game winning goal. Every one of the Wolves players including defence men Ewan Fenwick, Ethan Pillitteri , Trevor Lament , and Brodie O'Toole together with forwards Connor O’Gorman, and Sam Hendriks played with their hearts to win the Atom AE District title.
This is the first year for AE teams in NOTL. Head Coach Jason Ward , Trainer Greg Pillitteri , Assistant Trainer Stan Lament, Mnager Dan Pasco and Parent Rep. Sheldon Randall are all very proud of the outstanding team effort in achieving this great success. Go Wolves Go!!!

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