Elmvale Coyotes U7 LL #1 Has a Winning Weekend at the Hanover Falcons Canadian Tire Cup Tournament!
On March 11th, 2023, the EMHA Coyotes U7 LL #1 team travelled to Hanover to participate in the Hanover Falcon’s Canadian Tire Cup U7 Tournament. The tournament featured ten U7 teams from across Ontario, with Elmvale competing in Pool A of the Tournament.
In the opening game Elmvale faced the Saugeen Shores Storm, the team hit the ice with lots of energy and quickly opened the scoring creating a large lead early in the game. This game featured a strong goaltending performance by Gunner Ververs who backstopped the team to an opening game win 13-4.
In the second game Elmvale faced the host Hanover Flacon’s, this time Reef Tschop McLaren was between the pipes and turned in the team’s second straight strong goaltending performance. Elmvale again quickly jumped out to an early commanding lead, with goals being scored by Luke Carney, Gunner Ververs, Scott Popple, Austin Perreault, Chase Culbert, Noah Antiquera and Scott Haines. These goals led to the team’s second win of the day 17-6.
The third game featured a dominating performance by Elmvale beating the West Grey Warriors 25-1, with Corbin Ververs, Gunner Ververs, Austin Perreault, Reef Tschop McLaren, Noah Antiquera, Scott Haines and Scott Popple leading the scoring for Elmvale, while goaltending duties were handled by Chase Culbert who only allowed one puck to find the back of the net all game.
In the final game of the tournament, Elmvale faced its toughest opponent the Dorchester Dragons. The Dragon’s quickly opened the scoring and took a 2-0 lead after the first five minutes of the game. However, Elmvale goaltender Scott Haines quickly found his form and made some key saves keeping the game close. The scoring went back and forth with Elmvale seeing goals from Austin Perreault, Chase Culbert, Gunner Ververs and Scott Popple. With two minutes remaining in the game, Elmvale found itself down 12-11, to Dorchester. Elmvale’s four skaters hit the ice for the final shift of the game and with one minutes remaining Scott Popple found the back of the net with a hard shot from the slot, making the game tied 12-12. The play went back and forth and Scott Haines made some big saves to keep the game tied. With under thirty seconds remaining Scott Popple rushed the puck down the right wing and fired a shot that hit the post, Popple was able to gather his own rebound and skate behind the net to score a beautiful wraparound goal with only seconds to play. Elmvale pulled out a gutsy 13-12 win over the Dorchester Dragon’s to claim 1st place in Pool A.
The Elmvale Coyotes U7 Team #1 Players include:
Austin Perreault, Carter Bennett, Chase Culbert, Corbin Ververs, Gunner Ververs, Luke Carney, Noah Antiquera, Reef Tschop McLaren, Scott Haines and Scott Popple
Jon Popple (Head Coach), Kristi Haines (Assistant Coach), Shane Culbert (Assistant Coach), Mark Carney (Trainer), Nathan Tschop McLaren (Trainer), Marcel Perreault (Conditioning Coach) and Tarra Popple (Manager)