St Charles and Lively both open with a win
by Randy Pascal
It might not end up this way, but for now at least, the St Charles College Cardinals and Lively Hawks share first place in the SDSSAA
Senior Boys Hockey ranks.
Keep in mind this is after but one night of play.
Perennial contenders to the league title and runners-up to the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes one year ago, the Cards opened the new season Monday
night at Carmichael with a solid 6-1 win over the Lockerby Vikings.
Tayler Bedard showed the way with a two goal effort, with solo markers coming off the sticks of Spencer Lavallee, Callum Roque, Matthew
Belanger and Riley Bridge.
Brody Davidson recorded the win in net, finishing with 20 saves and allowing only a second period goal to Will Beatty. In the second game
of the night, a second period goal by Andrew Gorman snapped a 1-1 tie, and the Lively Hawks added two more in the third to down the Lo-Ellen
Park Knights 4-1.
Noah Funnell lifted the curtain on the contest, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead late in the first before Matti Allen pulled the Knights even
converting on the power play with assists going to Thomas Alexander and Evan Gedye.
After Gorman netted what would eventually become the game-winning marker, Josh Simpson and Lucas Howland added some insurance, the latter
into an empty net. Lo-Ellen outshot Lively 36-32 as Jack Rogers outduelled Josh Hayes between the pipes.
Action continues on Wednesday in Lively as the Hawks welcome the Horizon Aigles for a 8:30 p.m. encounter, while the Thursday schedule finds
St Charles travelling to Little Current to face the Manitoulin Mustangs while Lo-Ellen looks for redemption, battling south end rival St Benedict
Bears at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Sports Complex.