Guy Blanchard knew that he was assembling a special group.
That group proved it Tuesday night as the North Bay & District Major Midget AAA Trappers completed a perfect regular season by defeating the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 6-0 to give the local squad an immaculate 36 wins and 0 losses record in the Great North Midget League this season.
“We played game 36 like we played game one you know,” stated Trappers head coach Guy Blanchard.
“It was another league game we had to win and basically a little bit more at stake in this one but we just figured go out and play how we normally play and the results will be the way we normally finish.”
Battalion prospects Jesse Kirkby and Jack Stockfish had goals along with Nathaniel Lalonde, Joe Jordan, Sam Garagan and Ethan Marois in the 6-0 win. Ben Gaudreau, who will be heading to Red Deer with Team Ontario for the Canada Winter Games, recorded the shutout in goal for the Trappers.
While a perfect regular season record and three tournament titles is special, Blanchard reminds his teammates the real season is about to begin.
“It was a good season but as I told the players, the regular season is over, tournaments are over, playoffs are coming and our goal is to try to make it to the Telus Cup and we have got a lot of work ahead to make ourselves a little bit sharper when it comes to playing at the OHF,” said Blanchard.
“We have to win our league first, so we have to gear up for our own playoffs and then from there just keep trying to peak until we get to the OHF.”
With many of the 2002 birth year players finishing third in the OHF’s in their major bantam year two seasons ago, Blanchard knows this group won’t be satisfied with anything less than a Telus Cup birth.
“This is a real focussed group, they don’t like to lose, they find a way to win and they come out and play hard,” said Blanchard.