19 Apr 17

Russell Warriors Peewee B1 GHA Playoff Champions

Russell Warriors win championship for late coach Marchessault

The Russell Peewee B1 Warriors travelled to Ottawa to take on the Orleans Rush on Sun., April 9, for the GHA Championship. The boys played their hearts out for a teammate and in honour of their fallen coach. The championship winning team are: Goalie David Ouellette. Front, from left: Keiran Marchessault, Tristan Judd, Christian Thompson, Andrew Dumas, James Rawlings and Phillippe Clermont; middle row, from left: Owen Johnson, Cody Gaudreault, Taylor Thompson, Sebastien Pettis, Sam Peters, Jason Lachance and Julien Thoms; back from left: Assistant Coach Marty Thompson, Assistant Coach Mike Johnson, Goalie Coach Shawlee Gaudreault, Head Coach Paul Gaudreault and Trainer Peggy Carkner. Courtesy photo

OTTAWA—The Russell Peewee B1 Warriors travelled to the Earl Armstrong Arena in Ottawa to take on the Orleans Rush on Sun., April 9, for the GHA championship.

A moment of silence was observed for Coach Phil Marchessault, who had unexpectedly passed away on Thurs., April 6. His son Keiran Marchessault plays for the Russell Warriors and in honour of their coach the players for Russell wore a ‘Coach Phil’ sticker on their helmet.

The scoring started with 4:56 left in the first period, when Keiran Marchessault accepted a pass from Sebastien Pettis, giving Russell a 1-0 lead. James Rawlings got the insurance goal with 9:39 left in the second period.

When asked about the game, Coach Paul Gaudreault had this to say, “What an unbelievable way to end an incredible season. The players deserve all the credit for this great season. The players were so pleased to have the unexpected presence of Keiran Marchessault for the game. Keiran brings so much intensity and energy to each game and has a huge influence on his teammates. In the dressing room before the game when I thought the motivation level was at its maximum, Jason Lachance stood up in front of his teammates and asked everyone to get the win for Keiran and his family. At that point the motivation level went through the roof. Everyone played with so much intensity from the puck drop until the final buzzer that no team could stop the Russell Warriors from reaching their goal of being champions. Looking at all the gloves flying in the air and the players piling up over their fellow goaltender was priceless. Well done, Warriors.”