Ascension comes close in Toronto
Lose championship game in overtime to settle for second place
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.
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.