Ottawa Citizen

The one that got away difference in Huskies’ loss

Sacred Heart just misses bronze medal

- BY MARTIN CLEARY

When hockey goalkeeper Caroline Switalski steps onto the ice for a game, she has one objective.

“ I feel I’m the one who should control the game,” explained the last line of defence for the Sacred Heart Huskies High School girls’ hockey team of Stittsvill­e.

Switalski, a Grade 11 student/athlete, was in full control of Thursday’s bronzemeda­l game at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associatio­ns girls’ AAA/ AAAA hockey championsh­ips at the Bell Sensplex, denying Bishop Tonnos Titans’ shooters time after time with her poised play.

Then, with the score 1-1, came the shot from Talia Paone. It was an innocent wrist shot from just inside the Sacred Heart blue-line that handcuffed Switalski and decided the game.

Fourth-seeded Tonnos edged Sacred Heart 2-1 to earn the bronze medal, while Sacred Heart picked up the antique bronze medal.

“ I saw it ( Paone’s shot) coming, but it hit me in the face,” Switalski said. “Then I said, ‘ Where is it?’ ” By that time, it had deflected off her mask and into the net.

Paone opened the scoring in the first period, and Rebecca Waterhouse evened the game for Sacred Heart.

In the gold-medal game, top-seeded St. Basil the Great Barons of Toronto successful­ly defended their title, topping third-seeded Monsignor Paul Dwyer of Oshawa 2-1 in overtime.

It was the second consecutiv­e overtime victory Thursday for the Barons, who defeated Tonnos 3-2 in the extra period in the semifinals.

Theadora Imbrogno scored the game-winning goals in both overtime matches. She finished the six-game cham- pionship with a tournament-leading 15 goals and 19 points.

St. Basil’s Kristen Richards, who was second in scoring with nine goals and eight assists, scored late in the first period of the final for a 1-0 advantage. Jessica Pinkerton replied for Dwyer.

In the three-on-three overtime, both teams used the same three skaters for all 10 minutes and 40 seconds.

“That never happens,” said a bruised and exhausted Imbrogno, who was off the ice only twice in the entire game, including a penalty.

In the semifinals, Dwyer scored two second-period goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart. Brianna Soper, Shalyn Pavlisko and Pinkerton scored for Dwyer, while Kayla Schaefer replied for the Huskies.

The second semifinal saw St. Basil edge Tonnos 3-2 in overtime. Imbrogno scored at 5: 12 of overtime to send the Barons to the gold-medal final.

Kelly McDonald of Tonnos connected with 18 seconds left in the third period to force the overtime. She also scored the game’s opening goal.

Defenceman Virginia Repaci and Richards had regulation-time goals for St. Basil.

The St. Peter Knights needed to win their final roundrobin game at the OFSAA boys’ AAA/AAAA hockey championsh­ip in St. Catharines, but fell 3-2 to St. Michael’s College of Toronto for a playoff berth.

After Jordan Highley tied the game 2-2 on a second-period powerplay goal, the Knights pulled their goalie to go for the required win. But St. Michael’s scored an empty-net marker with 31 seconds left for the win.

Peter Cook gave St. Peter a 1-0 f irst-period advantage with his fourth goal of the championsh­ip. St. Peter, seeded No. 20, finished at 0-2-2.

Fellowes of Pembroke, the 16th seed, lost 3-1 to No. 6 Upper Canada College for an 0-4 record.

At the OFSAA boys’ A/AA hockey championsh­ips in St. Catharines, 18th-seeded Ashbury won its final game, after opening with three losses, defeating No. 10 St. Charles College of Sudbury 2-1.

Adam Lebel scored with 15 seconds left in regulation to give the Colts the win. Ryan Hartvich also scored for Ashbury.

South Grenville of Prescott, the 14th seed, needed to beat No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas of Tottenham to reach the quarter-finals, but lost 5-2.

CURLING

All Saints defeated Notre Dame of Brampton 9-1, Donald A. Wilson of Whitby 9-2 and John McGregor of Chatham 6-3 to move to 4-0 in round-robin play at the OFSAA boys’ curling championsh­ip in Toronto. North Dundas of Chestervil­le is 2-1, after beating Timiskamin­g 9-1 and Brebeuf of Toronto 8-2.

On the girls’ draw, St. Joseph defeated Fort Frances 7-4, but lost to Monsignor Paul Dwyer of Oshawa 9-5, while St. Mary of Brockville lost to Centennial of Welland 12-1, but rebounded to beat St. Joseph Morrow Park of Toronto 8-4.

 ?? WAYNE CUDDINGTON, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ?? Sacred Heart’s Myfanwy Thomson (16) and Kayla Schaefer look for the puck in front of goalie Marianna Bannon during Bishop Tonnos’s 2-1 victory in the bronze-medal game.
WAYNE CUDDINGTON, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sacred Heart’s Myfanwy Thomson (16) and Kayla Schaefer look for the puck in front of goalie Marianna Bannon during Bishop Tonnos’s 2-1 victory in the bronze-medal game.

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