Cru­saders win EOSSAA, head to Kenora for OFSAA

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor It’s a busy few days this week for the mem­bers of the girls hockey team at Char- Lan District High School in Wil­liamstown, as they pre­pare for a trip to the far­thest reaches of the prov­ince to rep­re­sent our re­gion at OFSAA.

Last week in Smiths Falls, the SD&G cham­pion Cru­saders con­tin­ued their stel­lar sea­son by claim­ing the EOSSAA ti­tle in what coach Sean O’Far­rell calls “quite the day.”

He ex­plains, “We out­played LaSalle (Kingston) badly in the first game, but needed a short-handed goal by Chelsea Cayer with about four min­utes left to tie it up.” The match went into the books as a 2-2 draw.

How­ever, it ended in some con­tro­versy, as it ap­peared that Char-Lan scored with a sec­ond left on the clock. The of­fi­cials then got to­gether and de­cided time had ex­pired be­fore the puck crossed the goal line.

The re­sult meant that the Cru­saders would need to win their next match by five goals, and they did, pound­ing St. Mary (Brockville) 6-1.

In the cham­pi­onship match ver­sus Em­brun, Char-Lan opened with three goals in the early go­ing, then held on for a 3-2 vic­tory. Kate Mof­fat had the game-win­ning tally.

Right winger Mack­ayla Petrie looks back on the re­gional tour­ney, say­ing, “I thought we played amaz­ing; we re­ally played like a team, and our ef­fort re­ally won us the games.” She adds, “The girls are ex­cited to see the com­pe­ti­tion at OFSAA and rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity and school.”

As coach O’Far­rell high­lights, EOSSAA “was a huge vic­tory for a small school to pull off. The heart that the en­tire team showed that day was re­mark­able.”

It’s worth not­ing that Char-Lan is an A-class school with a reg­is­tered stu­dent body of 265. For hockey, EOSSAA and OFSAA group ‘A’ and ‘AA’ schools to­gether, mean­ing the Cru­saders may go up against squads from schools that has as many as 900 stu­dents.

OFSAA is sched­uled for March 812 in Kenora, which is a stone’s throw from the Man­i­toba bor­der in north­west­ern On­tario.

Seek­ing com­mu­nity sup­port

Due to the dis­tance (ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 km) to get to the tour­na­ment, the girls will be fly­ing rather than trav­el­ling by bus (25 hours or so), and are busily fundrais­ing to off­set some of the costs of rep­re­sent­ing our re­gion at provin­cials.

Do­na­tions are wel­come and can be made by vis­it­ing the school or call­ing Sherry at 613-347-2441.

The team has a Face­book auc­tion on­line at http://goo.gl/cexCjE

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

TOPS AT EOSSAA: Char-Lan’s girls take a break from the ac­tion at last week’s tour­na­ment in Smiths Falls. Team mem­bers are Courteney La­plante, Chelsea Cayer, Mack­ayla Petrie, Al­lie Fickes, Emily Slaney-Adams, Chan­tal Vi­varais, Brooke Seguin, Mackenna Mul­hearn, Emma Pasco, Han­nah Thom­son, Brenna Thom­son, Tosha Burns, and Kate Mof­fat. Coaches (not in photo) are Sean O’Far­rell, Michael McDonell, and Dar­rell McDonell.

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