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Paul Lefebvre - MP for Sudbury
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
Notre Dame Hounds the class of the field
by Randy Pascal

The dominance of the Notre-Dame Hounds lies in the numbers.

The West Region representatives at the 2018 TELUS Cup in Sudbury capped off a memorable week, posting their seventh consecutive victory when it mattered the most. The Hounds stopped les Cantonniers de Magog 5-1 in the gold medal affair, winning each and every one of their encounters when they stepped on the ice at the Sudbury Arena last week.

That hasn't happened since 1987, when the Riverains de Richelieu turned the trick in Gloucester. Their 2018 championship also marked the fifth time in the history of the private school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan that their lads returned home with the banner.

Luke Mylymok continued his torrid scoring pace, drilling home the hat trick, with Zach Plucinski and Ethan Ernst adding solo tallies. Simon Pinard netted the only goal for Magog, early in the third, the Cantonniers outshooting the HOunds 30-23.

The turning point came in the second period, with the eventual champions already ahead 2-0. Gabriel Fontaine was assessed a double minor for head contact and Notre Dame converted both on the initial power play and just three seconds after the second penalty expired, doubling their advantage and never looking back.

Earlier in the day, the Lethbridge Hurricanes secured the bronze medals, blanking the Toronto Young Nationals 4-0 behind a 20-save performance from Carl Tatachuk and a two goal effort from Kadyn Chabot.

Carson Dyck and Ronan Seeley rounded out the scoring for the winners, who peppered Toronto's Elliot Tang with twice as many shots as Tatachuk faced in this game.

In other tournament news, a pair of local players were recognized on an individual basis, defenceman Joel Mongeon of the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves awarded the Most Dedicated Award and Scholarship, while teammate Alex Vendette was named the event's top goaltender.

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