Menard & Hounds are national champs

Guelph Storm prospect Francis Menard and the Notre Dame Hounds captured the Telus Cup – the national Midget AAA Championship – with a 4-0 win over Calgary.

Notre Dame finished the tournament with a 5-0-1 record with their only blemish being a tie versus Calgary on the first day of the prestigious tournament.

On Sunday evening, live on TSN2 and broadcast later nationally on TSN, the Hounds got early goals from Drew George and Bryce Milson and 43 saves from netminder Christopher Gibson as they claimed the gold medal.

The gold medal is the third for the Hounds at the National Midget Championship, but first since 1986. Their three national titles – they also took the top prize in 1980 – ties them for second all-time, trailing only the Regina Pat Canadians, who have won four times.

In six tournament games, Menard had 10 points (3G/7A) to finish tied for 7th in scoring.

Menard and the Notre Dame Hounds captured the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League in late March and advanced to the Western Telus Regionals where they emerged from a four team field including Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Swift Current.

Drafted by the Storm in the 6th round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, Menard is a native of Embrun, Ontario, the same hometown as former Storm captain Martin St. Pierre. Menard finished the season with 69 points in 50 games for the Hounds (including playoffs and exhibition).

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