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Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018
Only the Cards remain alive at OFSAA
2018-03-22
by Randy Pascal

Heading into play late Thursday afternoon, only the St Charles College Cardinals boys hockey team remain alive of the trio of SDSSAA squads which competed in the sport at OFSAA Championships this weekend.

The Cards followed up an impressive two-win opening day with a total team effort, blanking the #4 ranked Henry Street Hawks from Whitby 2-0. Matthew Belanger accounted for all of the offense with a two-goal performance, with Riley Ouellette throwing up a brick wall at the other end of the rink.

A 3-1 loss at the hands of the hands of the Iona Dolphins from Mississauga could not stall the efforts of the SCC crew to nab first place in Pool "D", as their 3-1 record created a three way logjam, with the Sudbury reps benefitting from a tie-breaking formula that went their way.

Tayler Bedard netted the only goal for St Charles, with Joe Guzzo and Tanner Webkamigad drawing assists. The locals must now face the King City Lions in quarter-final action at 5:30 p.m., the winner moving on to the final four Friday morning.

That was not to be for both of the SDSSAA girls hockey entries. The city champion Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, ranked ninth in the field of 16 teams participating in the OFSAA "AAA" tournament in Cambridge, posted a record of 1-2-0 and were edged out on a tie-breaker.

The Alouettes started well enough, downing the St Peter's Saints from Peterborough 5-3, behind a two goal effort from Chloé Leduc. Joelle Gagnon, Danielle Pitre and Kelsey Dunn rounded out the scoring.

The deal-breaker for CND came later that day, as the Als were edged out 3-2 by the Holy Cross Crusaders from Kingston, an opponent head coach Denis Piquette felt was definitely a beatable team.

Kendra MacMillan recorded both markers in a losing cause. Needing a win or tie to guarantee a playoff berth, Notre-Dame dropped a 4-1 decision to the Eastview Wildcats from Barrie, and slipped in to third place based on goal differential (St Peter's - 9GF 9 GA; Notre Dame - 8GF, 10 GA).

Natalie Carrière spoiled the Eastview shutout attempt in game three. Up in Timmins, the Lo-Ellen Park Knights completed their preliminary action with a mark of 1-1-1, still not enough to move on.

The locals started with a 3-3 draw versus the St David's Celtics from Waterloo, were blanked 4-0 by the Leaside High School Landers from Toronto, before throttling the Dunville Secondary School Panthers 6-1.

Unfortunately, St David's would finish the round robin undefeated at 2-0-1, with Leaside (2-1-0) right on their heels.

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