Watson Makes a Statement in Series Return at Jukasa Motor Speedway

Source: Rev It Up Racing

The third event on the 2019 season for the APC United Late Model Series presented by Grisdale Racing Products saw 35 teams in attendance at Hagersville, Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 22nd. The track dubbed ‘Canada’s Crown Jewel’ played host to an incredible event that saw the race winner a guaranteed starting spot in the Canadian Short Track Nationals scheduled for later in the summer.

Group qualifying saw Jo Lawrence take the top spot for the second time this season with a time of 18.723, bettering Brandon Watson, Ray Morneau, JR Fitzpatrick, and Jake Sheridan who rounded out the top five.

The 100 lap Prelude to the Nationals kicked-off with Jake Sheridan on the pole after the invert with Junior Farrelly on his high side. Sheridan would lead until lap seven when JR Fitzpatrick made his way to the top position. In his return to the APC Series, Brandon Watson made his way into the top three after just 15 laps, coming from the 10th starting position.

Lap 30 saw a close call as Ray Morneau, who was making his series debut, tagged the wall while running inside the top 10. The caution flag came out on lap 30 for Shawn McGlynn going around on the front straightaway. All others missed the spun number one car as it rolled to the inside apron facing oncoming traffic.

On the ensuing restart, there was trouble as Shae Gemmell slid in fluid on the track and into Jake Sheridan. Behind there was more trouble as several cars went around and Jordan Howse ended up in the fence. Shae Gemmell took the lead on the restart but it was short lived as Fitzpatrick fought back on the high side. 47 laps into the Prelude to the Nationals Marc Jacobs took a hard hit as he had a mechanical failure in the centre of turns one and two.

A long green flag run saw Gemmell and Brandon Watson swap the runner-up position a few times as Fitzpatrick continued to pace the field. During the run, the top three cars broke away from the rest of the field by nearly a straightaway. On lap 78, Fitzpatrick surrendered the top spot to Brandon Watson after a high side to low side crossover.

With eleven laps remaining the caution flag flew for the final time as JR Fitzpatrick blew a tire and rode the outside wall into turn one while running in second place. The final restart saw Brandon Watson slip away from the field as he went on to score his series leading 13th victory over Shae Gemmell and Jake Sheridan, who held off Dale Shaw after a race-long battle.

The next event for the APC Series is in just one week at Delaware Speedway for the annual Canada Day weekend celebration. The Spectra Premium 100 Presented by Pennzoil is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m start.

Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson Invited to NHL Canuck Development Camp

Source: Saultsports.com

Within an hour of the 2019 National Hockey League draft wrapping up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson received a call from the west coast from the Vancouver Canucks to attend their 2019 development camp. The 2019 Development Camp, which will be held at UBC Father Bauer Arena from June 25th – 27th. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 25th and features on-ice skill practices and off-ice workouts each day.

The 2000 year born Guelph Storm forward who will not turn 18 until December 31st will board a plane on Sunday, June 23rd to participate in the Canucks development camp. The 6’1” and 175 lbs forward had 19 goals and 15 assists and tallied 12 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with two powerplay and two shorthanded goals included in his 2018 – 2019 OHL season. In 23 postseason games and helping his Storm to a Memorial Cup in Halifax in May 2019, Stevenson scored three goals and assists in the 2019 playoffs. The 17-year-old Sault Ste Marie native played in all four games at the 2019 Memorial Cup with Guelph.

“I obviously wish I was drafted in the draft and I was a little disappointed but getting that call after the draft to come to their camp made things a lot better. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to be able to go to a camp and I can’t wait! I’m happy for everyone who got drafted and I wish them all good luck at the camps,” said Stevenson.

Junior Sault Sabercats Improve to 5-0-1 with Win Over Predators in Waterloo

Source: Saultsports.com

On June 22nd in Waterloo, Ontario, the first place (4-0-1) west division Sault Sabercats hit the turf at Laurier University Stadium in a 2:00 p.m kickoff against the Waterloo Predators in a junior OFC football matchup. The Sabercats were coming off a 43 – 7 win in Sault Ste Marie over the visiting Forest City Thunderbirds.

Michael Nicoletta led the Sabercats in the 56 – 20 win with four touchdowns, nine carries for a total of 157 yards. Nicoletta’s touchdowns came on a two-yard, ten yard and 97 yard carries along with a 28-yard catch from Sault quarterback Ryan Barnes. Ryan Barnes finished Saturday afternoon’s matchup with 14 carries for 121 yards, one touchdown and 11 completions on 17 attempts with 242 yards passing in the Sabercats fifth win of the 2019 season. Three of the Sault’s touchdowns came on Barnes passing in the 56 – 20 win. Carmen Caputo added touchdowns with 30 yard and 35 yard carries as well as four catches for a total of 108 yards rushing. Connor Ritchie had a three-yard touchdown in the win as Gabe Barkley rounded out the Sault offense with five catches for 86 yards.

Nathan Keranen led the Sabercat defense with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle while Jude Rasiah had two sacks along with Nicoletta catching an interception and a fumble recovery for the Sault. Nick Carter also had one sack for the Sabercats in Waterloo.

Michael Nicoletta told Saultsports that “it was a good win for us, Waterloo pulled within eight by halftime and it was the first real adversity we’ve faced this season, but we handled it well and responded with 28 unanswered. The offensive line put me in a position to put some scores up for us and the defense really tightened up in the second half. Overall it was a good team win and gives us some confidence, and a lot to work on going into our bye-week.”

“We came out flat and didn’t play well in the first half we rallied and did a good job in the second half,” said junior coach Jim Monico.

The junior Sabercats now have a bye week before hitting the road on July 7th when they take on the Hurricanes in a 2:00 p.m kickoff at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.

Steelers Looking for Redemption in Sudbury on June 22nd When They Meet the Spartans

Source: Saultsports.com

On Saturday, June 22nd, the sixth place (2-2) Sault Steelers head to Sudbury, Ontario looking for redemption after an 8 – 6 loss to the Sudbury Spartans at Rocky DiPietro Field in Sault Ste Marie on June 8th. The Steelers will hit the field to face the second place (3-1) Spartans in a 7:15 p.m kickoff at James Jerome Sports Complex.

The Steelers take their 2-2 record into the Sudbury to face the northern Ontario rivals with 63 points scored for and 50 points against their first four games of the 2019 NFC season. The second place Spartans take to James Jerome Sports Complex with scoring 108 points and allowing 72 points in the first four matchups of the season for Sudbury.

Before handing the quarterback duties to rookie Ryan Yost, Steeler veteran quarterback Darrell Wood enters June 22nd with 217 yards passing with 20 completions on 39 attempts. In his first appearance as a Steeler in the quarterback position, Yost finished June 15th game with a total of 89 yards in passing with five completions on ten attempts with the longest pass of 37 yards in the Sault’s 41 – 6 win over the North Bay Bulldogs. Steeler veteran Steve Hiiemma is ranked third in scoring in the NFC with three touchdowns for 18 points in the first four games of the season along with Hiiemma carrying the ball 41 times for a total of 191 yards heading into June 22nd contest in Sudbury.

On defense, Justin Cond leads the NFC with the most tackles entering June 22nd with a total of 21 while Chris Solomon is ranked second overall in the NFC with two fumble recoveries. Andrew Batman has one interception on the Steeler defensive line along with Rayvon Hammerstedt sitting in seventh with three batted balls for the Sault.

Brandon Lewis told Saultsports that “it’s a huge rematch and we as a team understand the importance of going into Sudbury with a full roster and putting together our best performance of the season. We had a really good week of practice this week after our win over North Bay. Our offense is finding its rhythm and our big offensive linemen are eager to show how they can dominate the line of scrimmage and have continued success running the ball. We will be looking to our veterans Darrel Wood, Ron Kelly, Steve Hiiemma, Alonzo Clarke, Dan Leduc to lead the way Offensively along with rookie standouts Ryan Yost and Dalton Toppan. Defensively we are a strong unit with our front seven has been very successful getting after the quarterback due to the great coverage provided by our excellent young Defensive backfield of Andrew Dale, Nick Dipisquale, Andrew Batman, Connor Boudreau, Maverick Hill lead by active Steeler great linebacker Matt Gauthier. Justin Cond, Ray Duplan will be looked to shut down Sudbury’s excellent run game of Josh Cuomo of the Spartans.

“With Josh Cuomo running the ball and Taylor Halub at quarterback, Sudbury is a threat to score at any time.  We will need to play a very tough and consistent game to come away with the victory tomorrow. We are excited about this rematch and are very much up to the task at hand,” said Lewis.

Sabercats to Face the Predators in Junior Action on the Road in Waterloo

Source: Saultsports.com

The junior first place (4-0-1) Sault Sabercats take to the road on Friday, June 21st to meet the fifth place (1-3) Predators on Saturday, June 22nd in Waterloo in junior OFC football action at the Laurier University Stadium in a 2:00 p.m kickoff.

The Sabercats head into Saturday’s matchup in Waterloo with sitting in second with most points scored with 167 while allowing the second least amount of points against with only having opponents scoring 34 points in their first five games of the 2019 season. Quarterback Ryan Barnes heads into June 22nd contest coming off a June 15th 43 – 7 win over the visiting Forest City Thunderbirds with two touchdown runs, three touchdown passes along with 12 completions on 19 attempts for a total of 240 yards passing. Daniel Bumbaco finished week four with 79 yards with five receptions that included two five-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Barnes. Michael Nicoletta scored one touchdown in the Sabercats fourth win of the season as well as rushing for 129 yards on 12 carries for the Sault. On defense, Jude Rasaiah had three solo tackles and four assisted tackles while Aaron Grandinetti finished June 15th game with four solos and two assisted tackles while Patrick Sarlo and Nathan Lajunen had one interception each for the Sabercats.

Daniel Bumbaco told Saultsports that “we need to continue to practice and improve and that is the key to getting better every game. As strong as we have been we can not take any team for granted or lightly. To be successful on the road this weekend, we have to keep doing what we have done so far this season. Our defense has to continue to make key stops to get us the ball and on offense, we need to play hard for four quarters and keep putting points on the board.”

“We need to be the better team plain and simple, we need to play our game and we need to execute. The defense has been playing lights out and our skill players have been making big plays all season, if we go down there playing our game I believe we will win especially when our offensive line plays to the best of their ability, it all starts with the line of scrimmage” said Ryan Barnes.

The varsity Sabercats have a bye week before returning to action on June 30th in Sault Ste Marie when they play host to the Waterloo Predators in a 2:00 p.m kickoff at Superior Heights.

Inside the Greater Metro Hockey League with the Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show host Jay Houslander talks with GMHL Niagara Whaler rookie General Manager Andrew Ferlatte about his transition from a player in 2018-2019 to a general manager in the summer of 2019 as well as GMHL president Bob Russell on as a guest to discuss the GMHL expanding to western Canada.


Soo Black Sox U15U Slides Into Win Over Visiting Soo Michigan U15

Source: Saultsports.com

Soo Black Sox U15 easily did away with Soo Michigan U15 8-2 on Wednesday, June 19th at Sinclair Field in Sault Ste Marie.

Soo Black Sox U15 opened up scoring in the first inning, when Carter Gallivan tripled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.  Soo Black Sox U15 put up four runs in the second inning. Matthew Gagne, Owen Allen, and Gallivan each drove in runs during the inning.  Allen was the winning pitcher for Soo Black Sox U15. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Gagne and Colin Sirois entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Gallivan went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Soo Black Sox 15U in hits. Soo Black Sox U15 stole seven bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Sirois led the way with two.

The Soo U15 Black Sox now prepare for the Wood Bat Invitational in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on June 21st to 23rd.

Check out Saultsports photographer Bob Davies Soo Black Sox U15 ve Soo Michigan U15 photo gallery.

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show with Wisconsin Lumberjack Coach/GM Doug Lein

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show host Jay Houslander talks with SIJHL Spooner Lumberjack Douglas E. Lein II (Head Coach & General Manager) about the junior ‘A’ franchises expansion into the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

SIJHL Red Lake Miners Name Geoff Walker As Next Coach/General Manager

Source: Junior Hockey Network

The Red Lake Miners Hockey Club of the SIJHL and the RLM Board of Directors are pleased to announce the hiring of Geoff Walker as the organization’s new Head Coach and GM.

Walker who is from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island brings an abundance of hockey experience to the organization. Starting his junior hockey for a year with the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL. Walker then played 4 years of Major Junior hockey in the QMJHL finishing off junior hockey as the leading scorer and Assistant Captain of the Prince Edward Island Rocket. Walker had a ten year professional hockey career that included 3 NHL contracts and played in the AHL, ECHL, AlpsHL, and EIHL. Following his professional career, Walker began his coaching career last season with the Hinton Wildcats in the WSHL leading the Wildcats to a second place finish in the Provincial Division.

“I am really excited to join a strong organization like the Red Lake Miners, they have had some great success and I am looking forward to coming in and helping build on that,” stated Walker. “Bringing a championship to Red Lake is something I look forward to helping the organization achieve.”

Coming off the best regular season in franchise history and the team’s second appearance in the SIJHL finals. The Red Lake Miners organization is excited for the upcoming season with Geoff Walker behind the bench.

Sault Ste Marie Basketball Star, Gianni Viotto, Signs with Sault Cougars

Source: Saultsports.com

he Sault College Men’s Basketball team is excited to announce the commitment of Gianni Viotto for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Gianni comes to Sault College after a very successful career at St. Mary’s College. A 6’2 guard, Gianni helped lead the Knights to a city championship and NOSSA championship. He also made an appearance at AAA OFSAA.

Head coach Pat Murray said “we are excited to have Gianni on-board for the upcoming season. Gianni is a high energy, knock down three-point shooter and brings with him the right culture and work ethic that I am looking for in building this program”.

Studying under the Business program, Gianni is the son of Susie and Ollie Viotto and has a brother who currently plays basketball at St. Mary’s College.

Please join us in welcoming Gianni to the Cougar family!

We hope to see you out cheering on and supporting your local collegiate team and catch the exciting OCAA basketball action on campus at the Health and Wellness Centre.

The Cougars kick off the season on the road October 20th with the Home opener on November 9th. We encourage you to follow us through all our social media accounts to keep up to date with Cougar Athlete announcements prior to the beginning of the season.

Source: Sault College Athletics