Crusaders win EOSSAA, head to Kenora for OFSAA
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
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.