Cougars win Atom B provincial championship

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The Liverpool Cougars went 5-0 to win the 2009/10 Atom B provincial championships in Barrington on March 28, bringing the first Atom pennant back to Queens Co. in 20 years.

The Cougars opened the three-day, five team tournament by taking out the host Shelburne Flames 8-0. Ean Killam led Liverpool with a hat trick. Aaron Wilcox added a pair of goals, while Nolan Kelley and Jared Warrington each chipped in with a goal and an assist. Garrett Weagle added a single marker, with assists from Brayden Roy, Chantelle Bulley-Langille, James Warrington, Brynn Steele and Thomas Oickle. Parker Rowter had the shutout.

In game two, the Cougars edged the Port Hood Bees 3-2. Aaron Wilcox posted two goals for Liverpool with one from Ean Killam.

In game three, Liverpool shaded the Halifax Hawks 3-2. For the Cougars, Garrett Weagle had a goal and an assist, with single markers from Jared Warrington and Ean Killam.  James Warrington, Aaron Wilcox and Thomas Oickle had helpers.

In the final round robin game, the Cougars shut out the Pictou Maripacs 6-0 to advance to the banner game against Halifax. Aaron Wilcox posted two goals and two assists for the Cougars, with a pair of goals from Garrett Weagle, a goal and two assists from Jared Warrington, a single marker from Ean Killam and assists from Tyler Lawson and  Chantelle Bulley-Langille. Parker Rowter recorded the shutout.

In the championship game, the Cougars took out the Halifax Hawks 6-2 for the title. Tyler Lawson notched a hat trick for Liverpool, with one goal and one assist from James Warrington, single markers from Ean Killam and Garrett Weagle, two assists from Brynn Steele and one from Aaron Wilcox.

 The Liverpool Cougars also dominated the tournament skills competition, taking away five titles: goaltender Parker Rowter won the shootout/showdown, Nolan Kelley was the fastest forward skater, team captain James Warrington the fastest backward skater, Aaron Wilcox won for puck handling and Garrett Weagle claimed the shooting accuracy prize.

The Cougars were also awarded the bulk of tournament hardware. Brayden Roy was named the Top Defenseman of the tournament, Parker Rowter was named Top Goaltender; Garrett Weagle, Most Sportsmanlike Player, with the tournament MVP award going to defenseman Ean Killam. Named to the tourney all-star team from Liverpool was forward Aaron Wilcox.

Organizations: Queens Co.

Geographic location: Liverpool, Barrington, Port Hood Bees Halifax

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