2017-02-02 / Sports

St. Ignace Bantams Hockey Team Brings Home District Championship

By John Raffel
District champions.


At left: The St. Ignace Bantam hockey team clinched the district championship. They are (back row, from left) Aaron Jewell, Peyton Beauchamp, Rave O’Neil, Lane Matson, assistant coach Carlo Pelaccio, head coach Sean Tallaire, Donovan Insley, assistant coach Dave Kellan, Jayden Biron, Konnor Rickley; (middle row) Jack Becker, Dominic Pelaccio, Chase Tallaire, Gaven Gustafson; (front) Reid Marshall. (Photograph courtesy of Vicki Spencley McGovern) At left: The St. Ignace Bantam hockey team clinched the district championship. They are (back row, from left) Aaron Jewell, Peyton Beauchamp, Rave O’Neil, Lane Matson, assistant coach Carlo Pelaccio, head coach Sean Tallaire, Donovan Insley, assistant coach Dave Kellan, Jayden Biron, Konnor Rickley; (middle row) Jack Becker, Dominic Pelaccio, Chase Tallaire, Gaven Gustafson; (front) Reid Marshall. (Photograph courtesy of Vicki Spencley McGovern) That title belongs to the St. Ignace Bantams team, which went to Cadillac for the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association tournament last weekend, Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28, and went 5-0 to take the district title.

St. Ignace started out with a 11-0 win over Tawas, then beat Sault Ste. Marie 14-1. In game three, St. Ignace beat Cadillac 2-1, then it was 6-0 over Traverse City, and 4-0 against Cadillac again.

Lane Matson had 10 goals and five assists; Chase Tallaire had nine goals and seven assists; Gaven Gustafson had five goals and five assists, and Rave O’Neil had nine goals and 11 assists. Reid Marshall, as goalie, had two goals against, five goals, and three shutouts.

The team’s record is 38-1-1.

“We’ve had some injuries, but we played through it,” Coach Sean Tallaire said. “Now we have some time to rest up. The guys played pretty hard. Reid Marshall had a good finals game and made nice saves for us. It was a total team effort.”

St. Ignace will play in the state tournament at Fraser Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. But the team will keep playing and has games set for at Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, at Sault Ste. Marie.

Midget BB Plays in Marinette

The Midget BB participated in a tournament this weekend in Marinette, Wisconsin, playing Rock County, Illinois Friday, January 27, and winning 3-1. They played the Soo Firehawks, but trailed 5-2, and came back to tie 6-6, but lost in a shootout. Saturday night, January 28, St. Ignace played Calumet and lost 10-3.

Carter Tallaire had four goals Sunday, January 29.

Manager Bridgett Sorenson said it was the best competition the team has played all year. Kyle Dowd and Dalton Zdebski added goals. Hunter DeKeyser also scored. Mason Gustafson was keeper.

Tallaire, Kody and Kenny Rickley, Hunter Frazier, Hunter and Logan DeKeyser, Andy Metz, Toby Ferguson, Zdebski, Nick O’Brien, and Alex France have been among the team’s leading scorers.

Saturday morning, January 27, the team beat Escanaba 7-1.

“We placed fifth out of eight teams,” Ms. Sorenson said. “On this Friday [February 3], we begin our districts vs. Sault Ste. Marie.”

Squirt B Has Two Games in Cheboygan

The Squirt B team played two games in Cheboygan over the weekend. Cheboygan won 8-3 in the first game.

“They didn’t take home a win, but had one of their best games,” team manager Heather Bird said. “They are gearing up for games next week in Sault Ste. Marie and then will be on to Traverse City for districts. Coach Allen Mitchell [said] that although the team is young, they are continuing to improve.”

A Full Slate for Peewees

The St. Ignace Peewees played a full slate of games over the weekend and lost 6-1 and 4-1 to the Sault Ste. Marie Soo Builders Sunday, January 29. Abigail Ruddle scored both goals.

The team lost 8-3 to Cheboygan Saturday, and goals were scored by Lucas Martin, Carter Boucha, and Carson Bigger.

Cheboygan also won 7-3 in the next game. Scoring for St. Ignace were Martin, Boucha, and Bigger.

The team plays at Alpena this weekend for districts.

Return to top


Click here for digital edition
2017-02-02 digital edition