Blue Dragons dominate COSSA Track and Field

The Bay of Quinte Track and Field Champions also rule the Central Ontario High School region. And it wasn’t close.

The East Northumberland Blue Dragons blew out the rest of the field at the COSSA Track and Field championships in Peterborough yesterday. The St. Theresa Titans finished 3rd overall.

The Brighton high school led the 32-school field with 627 total points which was almost twice as many as runner-up Adam Scott of Peterborough with 286.5. St. Theresa Catholic Secondary of Belleville was a close third. Other Bay of Quinte Schools in the top 10 were Nicholson at number 8 and Moira at 10.

Leading the way in Senior events was Jake Hollinger of E.N.S.S. with wins in the 1500 and 3000 metres. Sarah Kay of St. Theresa won the 200 and 400 metres while Frank Vreugdenhill of Quinte Christian was a winner in the shot put and discus. Nate St. Romain of Nicholson was first in the 800 metres and the 400 hurdles.
E.N.S.S. also won the men’s 4 X 400 metre and 4 X 100 metre relay races and the 4 X 100 women’s relay.

Double winners in Junior were Jacob Gilbert and Garrett Bird of East Northumberland, Cameron Roach from St. Theresa and Rory McGarvey of Nicholson in the 1500 and 3000.

And Caden Derry of St. Paul topped the men’s 400 and the 300 metre hurdles.

Qualifiers advance to the East Regional championships next Thursday and Friday in Kingston.

Sieloff re-signs with the Sens

The Ottawa Senators have signed veteran defenceman Patrick Sieloff to a 2 year 2 way contract.

The 24 year old Sieloff could have become a restricted free agent in July. He was a standout on the Belleville Senators blue line this season scoring a goal and 9 assists with 108 penalty minutes in 58 games. The native of Superior Michigan was named Belleville’s defenceman of the year. Sieloff also played one game with Ottawa and scored.

Sieloff will average $700,000 U.S.a year if he plays in the National Hockey League and about $150,000 per season with Belleville in the AHL.

Dukes chilled in Chilliwack

A 40 save effort by goaltender Jonah Capriotti would not be enough for the Wellington Dukes.

The host Chilliwack Chiefs skunked the Dukes 2-0 to move into second place at the RBC Cup National Junior “A” Hockey championships.

Daniel Chenard turned away 26 shots for the shutout in a game that featured 19 power plays on 90 penalty minutes. Wellington was 0 for 10 with the man advantage.

The loss leaves Welliongton in 4th place with 3 points. Their final game of the round robin is tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) against the first place Wenatchee Washington Wild.

RBC Cup standings – as of May 15th

1 Wenatchee Wild (PAC) 1 2 0 0 7
2 Chilliwack Chiefs (HST) 1 1 0 1 6
3 Ottawa Jr. Senators (EST) 0 1 0 2 4
4 Wellington Dukes (CEN) 0 1 1 1 3
5 Steinbach Pistons (WST) 0 0 1 1 1

McGeen rallies Dukes for RBC overtime win

(Jonah Capriotti pulls in a loose puck as defenceman Declan Carlile holds off a Steinbach forward. Photo:twitter)

The Wellington Dukes had to do it the hard way but they got it done.

Ted McGeen scored 59 seconds into overtime to give Wellington a 3-2 come from behind win over the Steinbach Manitoba Pistons at the RBC Cup in Chilliwack British Columbia.

The Dukes battled back from a 2-0 second period deficit with a short handed goal by Bryce Yetman and a third period power play goal from Mitchell Mendonca. Shots on goal were even at 29 aside. Jonah Captriotti stopped 27 shots in the win.

On his game winning goal McGeen said ““The puck kind of popped loose after they had three men caught down low. It went to Andrew Rinaldi up the right wing and I started cutting over. He could tell I wanted the puck and he dropped it right to me. I just shot it short side and it went in.”

Wellington coach John Druce says they’ve had to do it all season. Druce says they’ve had some slow starts at times and hopes that playing games on back to back nights will get them off to a better start against the host Chilliwack Chiefs tonight. (10pm Eastern)

The five teams at the RBC are closely matched as 4 of the 5 games to date have been decided in overtime. Wellington has 3 points which ties them with Chilliwack and the Ottawa Junior Senators. The Wenatchee Washington Wild lead with 5 points.

B-Sens will play Calder Cup champs and Monsters next season

The American Hockey League schedule for the 2018-19 season won’t be out until this summer but already there are significant changes coming for the Belleville Senators. Local fans will see 2 new teams at the Yardmen Arena next season. The Cleveland Monsters and the Grand Rapids Griffins.

With the addition of a 31st team (Colorado) in the fall the AHL has restructured its divisions. The biggest change will see the Cleveland Monsters move from the Central Division of the Western Conference to the North Division of the Eastern Conference where they join Belleville, Toronto, Laval, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica and Binghamton. After not facing Cleveland in their inaugural season Belleville will see them a minimum of 6 times next year.

Yesterday the 2017 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins announced they will play Belleville 4 times (2 home/2 away). The dates were not announced. The Griffins are the top affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. They also play out of the Central Division and did not meet the B-Sens in 17-18.

Earlier this week Belleville announced their home opener will be Wednesday October 17th although their opponent was not identified. That means the B-Sens will be on the road for the first two weeks of the new campaign.

Dukes in Chilliwack – RBC Cup begins tomorrow

The Wellington Dukes arrived in Chilliwack B.C. yesterday for the Canadian Junior “A” Hockey championship. It will be Wellington’s third trip to the RBC Cup and first since 2011.

Coach John Druce was there a year ago where he coached the host Cobourg Cougars to the national title. Does that experience help this time around?

DRUCE-RBC outlook

Wellington will face 4 opponents they have not played before. Druce says scouting the other teams is secondary to playing their game.


Wellington opens the 5 team tournament tomorrow afternoon against the Ottawa Jr. Senators. Also in play are the Pacific champion Wenatchee Washington Wild, the Anavet Cup champion Steinbach Manitoba Pistons and the host Chilliwach Chiefs.

Top OHA prospects come from “The County”

(Bloomfield native Jett Alexander)

The Ontario Hockey Association has named their top 6 prospects for next month’s NHL draft and 3 of them have Prince Edward County connections.

Bloomfield native Jett Alexander is the number one goaltending prospect in the OHA. The 18 year old Alexander had a 15-9 record with a 2.09 goals against average, a .929 save percentage and a shutout for the North York Rangers of the OJHL. Alexander played in the World Junior “A” Challenge and the Easters Canada Cup All Star Challenge. He is ranked 30th among North American goaltenders.

(Declan Carlile)

Wellington Dukes defencemen Declan Carlile and Mason Snell are also on the list. Carlile turns 18 next week. He had a 39 point season including 6 goals making him the 8th highest scoring rearguard in the OJHL. Carlile played a key role in helping the Dukes win the Ontario Junior Hockey League championship and the Buckland Cup as well as the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Junior Hockey title. Carlile is ranked 176th among North American skaters for the NHL Entry Draft in Central Scoutings final rankings. Carlile has committed to Merrrimack College in 2019.

(Mason Snell (Intelligencer)

Mason Snell is still 17. He was also to the All Dudley-Hewitt Cup Team on defence. Snell played for Team East at the World Junior “A” Challenge as well as the Eastern Canada Cup Challenge. Snell scored 20 points in 43 games and played a primary role in Wellington’s march to the RBC Cup. He is ranked 173rd among North American skaters. Snell is committed to Penn State in 2019.

Girduckis to captain the Tigers

For the second time in as many weeks a Bellevillian has been named Captain of an NCAA hockey team.

Twenty-two-year-old Abbott Girduckis will be the co-captain of the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers of the Division 1 Atlantic Hockey Conference.

The Quinte Red Devils graduate spent 3 seasons with the Wellington Dukes. He has just completed his third year at RIT where he had his best year offensively with 7 goals and 27 points in 37 games as a junior.

Girduckis is a science major at RIT and was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team last year.

Two weeks ago Belleville’s Cassidy Vinkle was named Captain of the Clarkson University Golden Knights Women’s hockey team.

AHL re-aligns – Cleveland joins Belleville in North

Thanks to expansion and re-alignment in the American Hockey League the Belleville Senators will welcome a new team to the Yardmen Arena next season.

The Cleveland Monsters, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets will move from the Central Division to the North where they’ll join Belleville, Toronto, Laval, Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton and Utica.

The B-Sens did not play Cleveland this season as they were in the Western Conference. The Monsters play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena which they share with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers.

The AHL expands to 31 teams next season to mirror that in the NHL.

Local girls play in Italy

(Photo submitted: Left to right: Taryn Rathwell, Emily Moore, Abbie Hicks, Cassidy Dobson, Lilia Brown)

Five local hockey players were invited to participate in the “Under 15 Worlds Select Invitational Girls Hockey Tournament” in Bolzano Italy.

There were five teams from North America with Canadians and Americans on each of them. There were also teams from Finland, Sweden, Russia and host Italy.

Emily Moore of Tweed and goaltender Cassidy Dobson of Belleville played for” DHI Octane” which won the silver medal.
The team known as “Draftday” included Taryn Rathwell and Lilia Brown of Belleville and Abbie Hicks of Wooler.

The players were recruited from club teams by the resepctive coaches.

Centennial Secondary scores big in Provincial gymnastics

(Gold medal Novice Aerobics team from Centennial. Photo submitted. Left to Right: Jamie Dafoe, Linn Neumaier, Mattea Shunock, Molly Dion, Rebekah Grigoriou, and Kaitlyn Moncrieff)

Centennial Secondary School won six medals and had eight top 8 finishes at the Ontario High School Gymnastics championships in Sudbury.

Leading the way for Centennial were Kaitlyn Moncrieff, Linn Newmaier and the Novice Aerobics team with first place finishes.

Grace Vandervelde earned a silver and a bronze. Heather Haggarty with a second on the vault and Molly Dion with a third. Alyssa Robson from Centre Hastings Secondary earned a 3rd on the floor.

St. Theresa had two top 8s as well.

Dukes drop “Dudley” opener

(Geoff Lawson)

The Wellington Dukes were arguably the best team but Dryden goaltender Landon Pavlisin was unquestionably the best player.

Pavlisin stopped 38 shots to give the host Ice Dogs a 4-1 win over the Dukes in the opener for both teams at the “Dudley-Hewitt Cup” Eastern Canadian Junior “A” Hockey championships.

Wellington outshot Dryden 39-31 but only Daniel Panetta got through mid way in the third to put the Dukes within 2. Dukes defenceman Geoff Lawson assisted on the goal. He says Wellington has to quickly re-focus.


Wellington coach John Druce says his team has to stick to game plan when they meet the Thunder Bay North Stars this afternoon.


Thunder Bay opened with a 4-0 win over the Cochrane Crunch.

The winner of the “Dudley-Hewitt Cup” will advance to the national RBC Cup in Chilliwack B.C. later this month.


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