14 ? THE EAST END SUBURBAN, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

Lester B fills the net for bantam championship victory

By Daniel Smajovits The Suburban

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HRHS

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MVP Anthony Duclair LPBHS

While Team Canada was getting ready to lace up their skates against Germany at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Lester B Pearson Seigneurs were already in the midst of an Olympic sized victory of their own as they hung Heritage Regional High School out to dry 9-0 en route to capturing the Division 1 Bantam Boys GMAA Championship on Wednesday night. Much to the chagrin of those who made the trek to the Glenn Chamandy Arena from Longueil, the championship game was seemingly over as soon as it began as Massimo Carozza scored just over one minute into the contest to give Lester B Pearson a 1-0 lead. For the Seigneurs, his goal opened the floodgates as the majority of the game was spent in the attacking zone, peppering Heritage Regional?s Nicholas Harvey with shots, making the goaltender feel as if he was a stunt double in a Hollywood World War II movie and not on neutral ice. The shooting and scoring spree continued throughout the contest as LBPHS a finished with a massive 52 shots on goal. Goaltender Justin Iaconetti made sure to make the saves whenever the Heritage Regional attack found their way into the offensive zone, as he stopped 20 shots for the shutout. For Lester B Pearson, the victory was not only a team win, but something special for their head coach, who was absent due to his responsibilities coaching at Midget AAA. ?I?m very proud of them; there are no words that I can say,? said assistant coach Pierre Chretien. ?The guys really won it for the head coach [Jean]. We?re going to send a message that the guys really won for him. Most of the guys were playing for Jean for three years, so they did it for him.? ?It?s a great feeling,? he added. ?We had a great season and we told the guys that if we don?t win the finals, it won?t be a great season anymore. They respected the game plan; they played strong, passed the puck, and shot the puck. We?re very happy.? Game MVP Anthony Duclair echoed Chretien and dedicated the victory to their head coach. ?It?s a big win tonight. Our coach couldn?t be here and I think we all played for him,? said Duclair. ?Everyone played great. It started with our goalie, then our [assistant] coach and we all played great. It?s a great win.? As for being named MVP, Duclair was quite humbled. ?It?s a great feeling, it?s an honor,? he added. ?I?m sure a lot of people could have been considered, but I was the one [chosen] and I?m really proud.? ? ?In your face? is the play by a LBPHS player on a HRHS opponent. A Lester B player carves around the Heritage net in a spray of snow. MICO SMILJANIC PHOTOS

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