As­cen­sion comes close in Toronto

Lose cham­pi­onship game in over­time to set­tle for sec­ond place

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The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros male hockey team came up one goal short in the cham­pi­onship game of a five-team tour­na­ment in Toronto last month. The boys lost a heart­breaker 2-1 in over­time, cap­ping off a strong two days of com­pe­ti­tion.

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros male hockey team came aw­fully close to win­ning it all at a re­cent high school tour­na­ment in Toronto.

The St. Martin Mus­tangs out of Mis­sis­sauga potted the win­ning goal in over­time to claim the CanLan North York tour­na­ment.

The Astros were the lone en­trant in the five-team tour­na­ment to come from out­side On­tario, and they cer­tainly showed New­found­lan­ders bring a strong game to the rink.

The Astros and Mus­tangs were both 3-0 head­ing into the fi­nal round-robin game against one another and had se­cured the top two spots no mat­ter the re­sult. In­stead of play­ing one game and im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing that with a re­match for the tour­na­ment ti­tle, they de­cided to make each team’s fourth game the de­cid­ing match.

As­cen­sion got on the board first when team cap­tain Cameron Simms scored 15 min­utes into the first pe­riod. Ryan Pet­ten and Kyle Tet­ford drew the as­sists.

Devlin Shana­han evened things up for St. Martin with five min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond, and he scored the game-win- ner less than three min­utes into over­time.

The Bay Roberts team opened the tour­na­ment Dec. 15 against the West Fer­ris Tro­jans, blank­ing the team out of North Bay 6-0. Noah Dono­van had a hat trick for the Astros, with the other goals com­ing from Ja­cob Russell, Tet­ford and Noah Mercer.

In the team’s sec­ond game that day, Simms scored all four goals for the Astros in a 4-3 squeaker over Sir Wil­liam Mu­lock Sec­ondary School in New­mar­ket — the same high school Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers star Con­nor McDavid at­tended.

On Dec. 16, As­cen­sion played its fi­nal round-robin match be­fore fac­ing St. Martin in the cham­pi­onship game. The Astros got two goals from Simms and another from Dono­van in a 3-1 vic­tory over Ur­su­line Col­lege in Chatham.

Be­yond the tour­na­ment, play­ers also got to take in some live pro­fes­sional sports ac­tion. They watched the Toronto Rap­tors lose a tight one to the At­lantic Hawks Dec. 16, then saw the Toronto Maple Leafs earn a sur­pris­ing vic­tory that next night over Sid­ney Crosby and the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Mem­bers of the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros male hockey team that went to Toronto ear­lier this month were, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, Cameron Simms, Ryan Pet­ten, Kyle Tet­ford, Noah Mercer, Noah Dono­van, Bran­don Crane, Ja­cob Russell, Michael Hop­kins, Justin Janes, Colin Par­sons, Ma­son Oates, Lu­cas Russell, Cameron Chip­man, Matthew Breaker, Michael Daw­son, Aaron Os­borne and Jar­rod Mercer.

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