The North Bay Minor Bantam AAA Trappers enjoyed a weekend off from hockey however, they got together in the Christmas spirit to give back to their community. The Trappers spent Saturday baking their favourite Christmas treats and then delivered them to The Gathering Place.
The minor bantams travel to Vaughan this weekend to participate in the Vaughan Kings Classic.
Minor PeeweeThe Nipissing Reader Minor Peewee AAA Trappers traveled south for the weekend to take part in the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs tournament in Canada's Steel City.
The Friday opener was a special game as Huron-Perth Lakers forward Brock Chessell, a youngster recovering from cancer treatment made his return to the ice for the tournament opener against the Trappers after battling a rare form of liver cancer.
Trappers Captain Nolan Newton took part in a pre-game ceremony to celebrate the Chessell's return, as Newton, on behalf of the Trappers, handed him a purple Trappers banner.
"You are my hero," Newton said in the ceremony to Chessell.
It was special for Newton to hand over the gift to celebrate Chessell's return to the ice, as his father Rob also fought a battle with cancer when he was a teenager.
The Trappers players also honoured Chessell's recovery journey by putting purple tape on their sticks prior to the game.
The Trappers got solid goaltending from Justin Robinson but the Trappers dropped the opener against the inspired Huron-Perth Lakers 2-1.
Nate Gravelle had the lone goal for the Trappers.
In their second game on Friday, the Trappers fell behind 4-1 but battled back to salvage a 4-4 tie against the Oakville Rangers. Caleb Dawson led the way with two goals in the comeback tie. Singles went to Nolan Newton and Andre Mondoux in the draw.
On Saturday afternoon, the Trappers struggled to find their game against the speedy host Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs team as the locals blanked the Trappers 5-0.
The Jr Trappers then finished off the weekend with a game against the Oshawa Jr. Generals Saturday night.
The Trappers fell behind 4-1 in the second period but battled back with a pair of third-period goals to make it a one-goal contest.
However, with the goalie pulled, the Gens sealed the win with an empty net insurance marker to make the final 5-3.
Nate Gravelle, Jesse Lefebvre, and Davis Anello had goals in the loss as the Trappers finished 0-3-1 and failed to make the playoff round in the competitive Minor Peewee AAA division.