Canadiens head coach Blayne Monahan has two words to describe his goalie’s performance on Sunday: “Absolutely awesome.”
Canadiens goalie Drake Cooper was a wall between the pipes, helping propel his team to a 9-0 win over the Bruins in the novice final at the Whitehorse Minor Hockey Championships on Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.
“I think our number one was Drake in net. He played fantastic,” added Monahan.
After only two goals in the first and two in the second, the Canadiens cracked it open in the third with five goals.
Canadiens’ Gavin McKenna scored four goals, with the game winner, and registered two assists. Teammate Luke Levesque notched two goals, including the last of the season. Bryn Amos had two goals and teammates Conner LaBar, Quinn Monahan and Alix Walchuk grabbed assists.
“They played as a team. It makes it better; it’s sweeter to win that way,” said Monahan.
The Canadiens and the Bruins were competitors on the ice over the weekend, but they were teammates earlier this year. The two squads played together on a combined team at the Yukon Novice Hockey Championships in Watson Lake.
However, the joint squad came up short in the final, losing to the Whitehorse’s Senators, who came away with a bronze on Sunday, beating the Canucks 5-2 for third.
Senators’ James Nemeth and Taylor Bierlmeier each logged two goals with the latter taking an assist. Joel Girouard also scored for the Senators.
Sam Martin and Jase Johnstone found the back of the net for the Canucks.
“We had a great season this year, a great group of kids,” said Monahan. “It was awesome.
“We were really lucky with some of our players this year – they played really well – and we didn’t lose very many games, so it was a fantastic year.”
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