A winning record in their season opening tournament was more than enough to earn the Sudbury Peewee Rockhounds the praise of head coach B.J. Adair, as the local youngsters returned from the Six Nations Confederacy Tournament last weekend.
The Sudbury lads were quick off the mark, Friday evening, defeating the Pelham Raiders 8-5 behind a three goal performance from Kai D'Amour. Luca Mallozzi chipped in with a pair of tallies, with Keegan Adair, Nolan Schiewek and Xavier Esquimaux-Osawamick adding one each.
The Rockhounds remained undefeated through a pair of games the next morning, playing to a 4-4 draw with the Akwesasne Storm, as Schiewek (2), Adair and D'Amour all found the back of the net for the northern Ontario squad.
Needing a big win in order to ensure the goals for/goals against ratio would fall in their favour, the Peewee Rockhounds thumped Six Nations #3 11-1, with Keegan Adair exploding to the tune of a five goal effort.
The remainder of the attack was quite evenly balanced, as Luca Mallozzi, Xavier Esquimaux-Osawamick, Kai D'Amour, Caleb Mead, Alex Rietze and Jeremy Rhéaume all found their way on to the scoresheet.
While the Sudbury crew were clearly too much for the third tier team from the host community, the opposite held true when they faced the second Six Nations entry in the final. Still, the youngsters battled through until the end of a lopsided affair, netting four goals in the final two periods courtesy of Esquimaux-Osawamick (2), Mead and Rhéaume.
Rounding out the 2019 Sudbury Peewee Rockhounds roster are goaltender Braeden Paradis, Allaura Peltier-Restoule, Berkley Pitura, Cameron Seguin, Daniel Crossthwaite, Joe Johnson, Matti Jouppi and Mitchell Vendette.