The Belle River Nobles closed the regular season with a loss and felt they were overlooked as contenders to win the WECSSAA AA title. "We flipped the switch and got the W here." said grade 11 player Nate Gaudet who had an assist in Belle River's 5-3 win over Essex in the final Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders were the favourites coming into the game with a 10-0-1 record.
"Lost twice to them this year and we knew we had to get them back." said Nobles captain Nelson Chauvin who scored two goals and added an assist for the Nobles who won their 6th straight title. "This one means more because, younger group. Last year we had an older group. Grade 12's. It feels good."
With the game tied at two, the Nobles scored two goals in 22 seconds putting the Red Raiders on their heels. Essex responded as Jacob Ranni found the back of the net with 39 seconds left to make it a 4-3 game but Chauvin netted is second of the game on a nice one-time feed from Kohan Merritt from behind the Raiders net. Merritt finished with a goal and an assist as the Nobles advance to SWOSSA where they'll face Lambton Central in Petrolia Wednesday.