Champlain and Horizon return as Franco hockey champs
by Randy Pascal
The Franco-Ontarian Hockey Tournament has always been kind to the Sudbury schools, perhaps this year more than ever.
A pair of local entries returned north from Cambridge earlier this month as divisional champions, with the Horizon Aigles claiming the "AA" title
while the Champlain Requins nabbed "small school" bragging rights.
A semi-final win over Ecole Le Relais from Alexandria allowed Horizon to face Ecole secondaire Pain Court (Chatham-Kent) in the final. The
Patriotes would take a 2-1 lead into the third period, before the Aigles erupted with four unanswered goals, claiming gold with a 5-2 triumph.
For the crew from Horizon, this would mark their second Franco-Ontarian Hockey crown over the course of the past six years. Meanwhile, the Rayside-Balfour
crew representing Champlain also came through in the end, guided by head coach Rob Coursol and trainer Luc Lalonde.
The roster for the Requins was comprised of Brandyn Crossman, Patrick Fortin, Zachary Peterson, Joshua Robichaud, Patrick Valiquette, Patrick Coursol,
Tyler Roy, Brennan Charbonneau, Logan Dozzi, Matthieu Gaudet, Patrick Langis, Deric Charbonneau, Jack Cormier, Nicholas Coursol, Joël Robillard and