2017-03-09 / Front Page

St. Ignace Team Wins State Title

By John Raffel


The St. Ignace Bantam hockey team won the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) state championship in its age group Sunday, March 5. Team members and their coaches are (back row, from left) assistant coach Dave Kellan, Chase Tallaire, Konnor Rickley, Lane Matson, Rave O’Neil, Peyton Beauchamp, head coach Sean Tallaire, assistant coach Carlo Pelaccio; (front) Jack Becker, Gaven Gustafson, Jayden Biron, Reid Marshall, Donovan Insley, Dominik Pelaccio, and Aaron Jewell. (Photograph courtesy of Vicki Spencley McGovern) The St. Ignace Bantam hockey team won the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) state championship in its age group Sunday, March 5. Team members and their coaches are (back row, from left) assistant coach Dave Kellan, Chase Tallaire, Konnor Rickley, Lane Matson, Rave O’Neil, Peyton Beauchamp, head coach Sean Tallaire, assistant coach Carlo Pelaccio; (front) Jack Becker, Gaven Gustafson, Jayden Biron, Reid Marshall, Donovan Insley, Dominik Pelaccio, and Aaron Jewell. (Photograph courtesy of Vicki Spencley McGovern) The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association’s Bantam B state championship belongs to the St. Ignace hockey team. Coach Sean Tallaire’s team went undefeated over the weekend in Fraser to take the title.

The team went 5-0 and ended its season at 45-1-1.

The tournament started on Friday night, March 3, with St. Ignace beating the Suburban HB Warriors 12-2. Then St. Ignace played two games on Saturday, March 4, topping the Westland Blazers 7-2 and the Marquette Eagle Mine team 8- 1.

On Sunday morning, March 5, the Saints had a 6-1 win over the Metro Jets. In the final game, it was 9-1 over Walker.

“It was a good weekend for the kids,” Coach Tallaire said. “They pretty much did the same thing all year. They worked hard together. We only have 11 players and they got a lot of ice time. We obviously have to be in shape. Other teams have 16 to 18 players and have more kids than we do. We played well as a team. When we had chances to score, we scored.”

For the weekend, leading scorers were Chase Tallaire with 18 goals and six assists, Lane Matson with 13 goals and two assists, Rave O’Neil four goals and eight assists, Dominick Pelaccio one goal and six assists, Donovan Insley with six assists, and Jayden Biron with three goals and three assists.

“It was a good weekend of hockey,” Coach Tallaire said. “The kids had fun and they worked hard.”

Reid Marshall, the team’s goalie, had five wins and five goals against.

It was a 4.5-hour drive to Fraser.

This team also won the state title in pee wee hockey two years ago. Mr. Tallaire was the assistant coach of that team.

“This group of kids are very good hockey players,” he said. “We won the final score 10-2 two years ago in the finals. It’s about the same thing. It was nice to win.”

Some of the players are moving up to midgets, and some will be staying on the bantam level next year.

Chase Tallaire had 114 goals and 71 assists in 38 games for St. Ignace. Matson had 117 goals and 52 assists in 41 games; O’Neil 53 goals and 78 assists in 40 games, and Peyton Beauchamp 33 goals and 44 assists in 39 games.

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