Paugan Fall Rapids Set to Host Home Opener against Glengarry Pipers
PAUGAN FALLS RAPIDS SET TO HOST HOME OPENER AGAINST GLENGARRY PIPERS
The excitement in the Gatineau Valley is palpable as the Paugan Falls Rapids gear up for their home opener against the Glengarry Pipers. As the puck drops on October 14th at 7 pm at the Gatineau Valley Arena, fans are in for a treat, witnessing the Rapids first game at the Gatineau Valley Arena.
Key Matchups to Watch
On the Pipers’ side, all eyes will be on the prolific Marc-Andre Labelle. With an impressive tally of 48 goals and 91 assists in just four seasons, he's a force to be reckoned with. Alongside Labelle, Romain Fredric's goalkeeping prowess is also notable. Currently sitting 4th in the league with a commendable save percentage of .912 over 3 games, he's expected to give the Rapids a tough challenge.
For the Rapids, fans should keep an eye on:
- Ryan Peck: Leading Rapids' scoring with 3 points so far.
- Sam McLaughlin: A seasoned player who sharpened his skills at NCAA III for SUNY Canton.
- Cole Peck: A backbone in defense, with experience playing for Laurentian University in the USports for four years.
Drawing insights from their previous game, despite a 6-3 loss to the Bytown Royals, the Rapids showed resilience and promise. Read the full match report here.
Fans attending the home opener can look forward to various activities. Engage in the 'Basket of Cheers' draw, where a lucky winner stands to win 20 bottles of alcohol. Test your puck-throwing skills at the 'Chuck-a-Puck' event, participate in the 50/50 or get your hands on some exclusive Rapids merchandise for the very first time.
Merchandise is available in limited quantities before tomorrow nights game and in between each period. Merchandise is cash only.
The Gatineau Valley Arena canteen has been fully renovated over the summer and features a brand new menu. We suggest trying the all new "Paugan Pucks", a homemade delicacy that is sure to be a staple for Rapids fans this season. The canteen opens at 5 pm and all proceeds go to the Gatineau Valley Arena.
Tickets & Timing
- 12 and under: Free
- General Admission: $10
- Season Tickets: $100
Doors swing open at 5 pm, with warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm.
Venue Upgrades & Arrangements
The Gatineau Valley Arena is more than ready to host fans with its new upgrades, including a video booth and a fan zone. Thanks to the Rapids and arena volunteers, fans can enjoy these enhancements. Given the expected turnout, it's advised to arrive early. Parking is available at:
A) Arena Parking Lot
B) Side of Arena
C) Heritage Hall Parking Lot
D) St. Mike's High School
View the parking map here.
The local talent, Kimberly Gabie, will grace the event with her rendition of the anthem. In addition, Cindy McCambley, the Rapids' first season ticket holder, will be dropping the ceremonial puck with an RCMP escort, creating a memorable moment for all.
Supporting the Match
Bellai Alliance, Ray Thompson Trucking & R. Peck Construction have come onboard as proud sponsors, and will be sponsoring the game.
For those unable to attend in person, you can catch the game's highlights on YouTube a few days post-event.
With a roster brimming with local talent, the Rapids are set to make a mark in the league. The air is thick with anticipation, and the Gatineau Valley awaits a thrilling match. So, gear up, cheer loud, and let's rally behind the Paugan Falls Rapids as they look to create history in their first-ever home game.