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STA Stingers claim CSASC championship

March 8, 2017   ·   0 Comments

The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School Stingers boys hockey team captured the CSASC championship with a 3-2 overtime win over the Jean Vanier Catholic High School Storm on March 2. The Stingers will now go on to compete at the regional level at the Georigan Bay Secondary School Association competition.

By Brian Lockhart
The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School Stingers boys hockey team captured the Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County A/AA championship with an overtime win over the Jean Vanier Catholic High School Storm on March 2, at the Tottenham Community Centre arena.
The squad finished in third place in the regular season standings then managed to take a 4-2 win in their semi-final game to earn the right to go to the final.
The Stingers took an early lead in the final game on goals from Ty Alexander and Ben Coram.
After successfully killing a penalty early in the second period the teams played a fast paced game that chances on both sides.
The Storm got on the scoreboard late in the second period when a scramble in front of the net provided an opportunity to score.
Retuning for the third period both teams put on a solid effort in bid to control the action on the ice.
The Stingers’ defence did an excellent job of forcing the Storm to the outside but with just 1:38 left on the clock the Vanier team scored to tie the game at two and forcing an overtime period.
Stingers forward Caden Maher got the tie breaker scoring with 5:21 remaining in the period to give the STA team the 3-2 win and the championship.
Reed Spinola was in the St. Thomas goal for the game.
“It was a strong effort. We had strong goaltending, strong defence, and we certainly capitalized when it mattered,” said Stingers coach Matt Keogh. “We have speed and skill – speed kills. And they maintained their composure for 99 per cent of the season,” Keogh said of the strengths of the squad on the ice.
Both the Stingers and Storm will now go on to compete at the regional level at the Georgian Bay championships.
The winner there will earn the right to continue to the provincial OFSAA championship in Fort Frances, March 20-23.

         


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