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New ownership saves senior hockey in Maxville

Senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for the 2020-21 season, as new ownership has taken over the community’s EOSHL club.

As previously reported in this post, the Maxville Millionaires franchise was taken over by the league in March, following the failure of the club to complete payment of league fees for the inaugural campaign.

On March 27, Matt Thompson and Maxime Boucher purchased the Millionaires roster from the EOSHL, committing to keep the club in Maxville, albeit under a new moniker, the Mustangs (Junior ‘C’ hockey fans may recall that name previously used by the Maxville team which played in the EOJCHL/NCJHL from 1998 through 2010, when the club was purchased by new investors and moved to Papineuville, Quebec.)

In preparation for the second season of senior ‘A’ hockey, the Mustangs have announced details on their recruitment and training camp.

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EOSHL working to find new ownership for Maxville Millionaires

Earlier this week, the Maxville Millionaires announced on their Facebook page (which has since been deleted) that they were ceasing operations after just one year of senior ‘A’ hockey. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, of which the Millionaires were one of four inaugural franchises, stated on March 24, “The EOSHL disappointed to announce that the Maxville Millionaires will no longer operate in the EOSHL as of this morning.”

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Further, the league noted, “The Maxville organization was given a final deadline on March 22, 2020, to pay the team’s outstanding league fees. The payment was not received by the EOSHL on that final deadline date. This deadline was an extension from the original March 15” due date.

The remaining three ownership groups subsequently held a video conference call to explore options moving forward.

Ideally, the EOSHL will find a new ownership group for the Millionaires, keeping the team in Maxville and recovering “some or all the money owed by the Millionaires.”

Other options including allowing the roster to be purchased by an expansion team that will enter the 2020-2021 season or holding a dispersal draft of all current Millionaires players sometime in July, after the league has accepted its expansion teams.

In a statement on March 25, the EOSHL announced “to all our fans and the fans in Maxville, especially, we are working on a new ownership group that has come forward to keep the team in Maxville. Hopefully by Monday [March 30] we can have some solid and positive news for everyone.”

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Maxville Millionaires senior A hockey season comes to an end

Their inaugural foray into senior ‘A’ hockey came to an end Saturday night, when the Maxville Millionaires were thumped by the West Carleton Rivermen 13-1.

The game was a stark contrast to the semifinal series opener on the road, where the Millionaires battled the Rivermen into overtime, before bowing out 8-7.

Facing a must-win in the home rink Saturday, Maxville’s senior ‘A’ squad never really found their legs, after giving up a goal to West Carleton just 14 seconds in.

The Rivermen scored four times in the opening period, including once on a power play. In the second stanza, the visitors continued to pound home the puck, potting five more, before the Millionaires finally tallied one at the 14:46 mark, when Calvin Wojtaszak struck, set up by Braedan Pearl and Adam Wensink.

West Carleton added four more in the final frame, as they shut down the hosts and ended the EOSHL for Maxville.

Millionaires goaltenders Miguel D’Aoust and Alain Ravary faced 41 Rivermen shots, while Maxville players fired 28 shots at West Carleton netminder Erik Miksik.

Statistically, the Millionaires were in tough facing the league’s top team in the semifinal playoffs, as Maxville had just 2 wins through 18 regular-season games compared to the Rivermen’s 14 victories.

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The 2019-20 Maxville Millionaires of the EOSHL. (Millionaires photo)

With their win over Maxville, the Rivermen qualify for the EOSHL championship finals, where they will face the winner of the Cornwall versus Deseronto series.

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Schedule released for Heartbreaker Cup girls hockey tournament

The 2020 edition of the Glengarry Girls Hockey Association’s annual Heartbreaker Cup tournament is scheduled to be held in Alexandria and Maxville on February 15 and 16.

Games will feature atom, peewee, bantam, and midget teams, playing on ice sheets at the Glengarry Sports Palace and the Maxville Recreation Complex, with medals and championship banners on the line.

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Millionaires ready for game 2 on home ice

Fresh off a thrilling game one of their EOSHL semifinal series on the road playing the West Carleton Rivermen, the Maxville Millionaires will host game two tonight, looking to square the series.

The start is set for 8 p.m. at the Maxville arena, also known as the Vault.

The series opened was a wild one that saw the Millionaires open the game with a 2-0 lead, only to see the Rivermen go on a seven-goal run. Not to be outdone, though, Maxville stormed back with five straight to even the affair and force overtime. However, 15:17 into the extra session, West Carleton’s Brett Gustavsen ended it, sealing an 8-7 final.

On the night, Maxville goaltender Miguel D’Aoust made 37 saves, while Dave Stathos at the other end of the ice stopped 22.

Connor MacLeod paced the Millionaires offence with a five-point night (1 goal, 4 assists), while Bradley Gabbour had a trick. His effort included the game-tying tally at the 18:02 mark of the third period.

It was also a three-point game for Calvin Wojtaszak (1 goal, 2 assists). Other offensive contributors were Adam Wensink (1 G, 1 A), Braedan Pearl (1 G, 1 A), Vincent Crockett (2 A), Chris Rutley (1 A), Pierre-Luc Sabourin (1 A), and Matt Thompson (1 A).

Maxville scored twice on five power-play opportunities, while West Carleton went one-for-four.

For background on the Millionaires finish to the regular season, please see this previous post.

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Millionaires wrap up senior A hockey regular season

The Maxville Millionaires, of the EOSHL, concluded their inaugural senior ‘A’ hockey season last weekend with a 10-1 loss to Deseronto.

Braedan Pearl notched the lone Maxville goal, unassisted. Both goaltenders, Alain Ravary and Miguel D’Aoust, saw action, combining to face 51 shots. The Millionaires fired 44 shots on the Bulldogs hemp hut.

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From left are Connor MacLeod, Pierre-Luc Sabourin, and Adam Wensink. (Millionaires photos)

Looking back on the team’s first season, Connor MacLeod, forward #7, found the back of the net 9 times in 15 games. Assistant captain Pierre-Luc Sabourin and forward Adam Wensink tied to the Millionaires lead in points, at 18.

Playoffs begin Friday night on the road.

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Senior A Millionaires humbled by Rivermen

In Friday night EOSHL action on the road in West Carleton, the Maxville Millionaires were steamrolled by the Rivermen 12-3.

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West Carleton opened a 4-0 lead in the first period, before Leo MacLean got Maxville on the board, assisted by Adam Wensink and Chris Newhook.

The Millionaires were shut out in the second stanza, while the Rivermen put up another four-spot.

In the third, with West Carleton again scoring four times, Bradley Gabbour and MacLean notched Maxville markers, with assists going to Chris Rutley, Pierre Luc Sabourin, and Newhook.

Maxime Boucher took the loss in net, facing 45 shots on goal.

The Millionaires were also scheduled to play Saturday in Deseronto, but that game was postponed due to the weather and road conditions.

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Maxville Millionaires open 2020 with victory

Wins have been difficult to come by for the EOSHL Maxville Millionaires in their inaugural season, but the squad started 2020 on the right skate with an 8-6 triumph over the Deseronto Bulldogs on January 4.

Connor MacLeod paced the attack with three goals. Calvin Wojtaszak potted a pair, and Adam Wensink notched a goal and an assist. Other marksmen were Bradley Gabbour (game-winner), and Braedan Pearl.

Helpers also were credited to Pierre Luc Sabourin (3), Tristen Elie (2), Pearl, Chris Rutley, Tye Terrance, Jacob Swamp, Leo MacLean, and Gabbour.

Maxime Boucher, with 37 saves in the hemp hut, backstopped the win.

For the Millionaires, this was the team’s second victory of the 2019-20 season, to go against 12 losses. The Bulldogs’ record dropped to 4-8-0-1.

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The Maxville Millionaires take to the ice versus the Deseronto Bulldogs. (Millionaires photo)
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Trio of NGS Braves plays in HEO all-star game

Three former NGS Braves minor hockey players suited up in the recent HEO ‘AA’ all-star game.

The boys – Jacob Nolan, Brennan Atkins, and Seamus Hardy – are members this season of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ major midget team, which has a record of 10 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties in the HEO Minor AA league, good for fourth place. Nolan is third in team scoring, with 14 points. Hardy has 12 points, Atkins 11.

The Rapids’ next game is slated for Sunday in Kanata (taking on the fifth-ranked Blazers) to wrap up the 2019 portion of their schedule. Looking ahead to the new year, Seaway Valley will play in Maxville on January 8 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the first-place Nepean Raiders

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Maxville Millionaires bag first victory, add Wensink

The EOSHL Maxville Millionaires finally got the proverbial monkey off their backs last week, scoring their first win of the team’s inaugural campaign in senior ‘A’ hockey.

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Pierre Luc Sabourin

After opening the season with nine straight losses, the Millionaires skated to a 6-3 victory over the Deseronton Bulldogs on December 7 in Maxville. Pierre Luc Sabourin was named the game’s first star, in recognition of his three-point contribution (1 goal, 2 assists).

On the reason for the win finally coming, Sabourin tells me that he puts it to the Millionaires icing a full squad and playing hard.

Tristen Elie, Connor MacLeod, Leo MacLean, Patrick Gilmour, and Dan Mailloux also scored for the victors.

Chalking up helpers were MacLeod, Tye Terrance, Braedan Pearl, Jacob Swamp, Calvin Wojtaszak, Ryan Carisse, and Gilmour.

Miguel D’aoust backstopped the win, making 34 saves.

With the result, the Millionaires now hold a 1-9 record heading into action this weekend that will see the squad play on the road tonight, December 13, versus the West Carleton Rivermen (9-0-1), before hosting the Cornwall Prowlers (6-2-2) on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.

Physical Presence

In roster news, team general manager Gerald Goulet made a move to add a physical presence up front, signing Maxville’s own Adam Wensink. He joins the team in a deal with the Prowlers, in exchange for the Millionaires’ 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Cornwall Drops One

Last weekend, the Cornwall Prowlers lost 6-1 to West Carleton. Marc Andre Labelle potted the lone tally for Cornwall, assisted by Jesse Fontaine and Jeff Clarke.

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