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Come-from-be­hind win against nd­dhs to keep a win­ning record

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St. Joseph’s Pan­thers goalie Ethan Sauve mak­ing a sprawl­ing save in the third pe­riod against North Dun­das. The Pan­thers ral­lied for a 2-1 win in the SD&G boys’ high school hockey reg­u­lar sea­son con­test on Wed­nes­day in Wil­liamstown.

wIl­lIaMsTown — a bat­tle be­tween two heavy­weight sd&G boys’ high school hockey teams was a thriller un­til the fi­nal whis­tle on wed­nes­day morn­ing.

st. Joseph’s from Corn­wall and north dun­das from the winch­ester area both came into the reg­u­lar sea­son tour­na­ment with 4-0 records so far, and it would be the Pan­thers who stayed un­beaten – in fairly un­likely fash­ion.

down 1-0 with three min­utes left, the Pan­thers scored twice for a 2-1 vic­tory, the game-win­ner a short­handed marker from Brae­den levac with 1:08 re­main­ing in the third pe­riod.

“The boys didn’t give up,” Pan­thers coach and league con­venor Keith dick­son said. “The pucks that weren’t go­ing in for us early went in late.”

For a tight-check­ing game, it was fast-paced and had few stop­pages. score­less for a long time, too, un­til north dun­das’ player Cam sher­rer made it 1-0 with four min­utes left in the se­cond pe­riod.

It looked like it might hold up as the win­ner, es­pe­cially when the Pan­thers had a splen­did two-onone chance mid­way in the third, but couldn’t beat goalie liam an­tille.

But st. Joseph’s would get the late equal­izer from Jared seguin, a back­han­der af­ter col­lect­ing the puck just out­side the crease.

It was ad­van­tage devils, how­ever, when north dun­das went on the power play with 2:07 left. But levac would steal the show, ring­ing in a shot off the cross­bar for the Pan­thers, who got strong goal­tend­ing in the game from ethan sauve.

“he made some great saves for us down the stretch,” dick­son said.

The loss was dis­ap­point­ing for the devils, who def­i­nitely played well enough to win.

“I thought for stretches we car­ried the play, with our top two lines,” said coach Kevin Bell. “But st. Joseph’s held tight.”

a se­quel would be fun, come play­off time.

“I sus­pect we might see them again (in the post-sea­son),” Bell said.

Char-lan was the third-place team com­ing into wed­nes­day’s play, with a 3-1 record in the sev­en­team league.

on the girls’ side, the stand­ings af­ter Tues­day’s reg­u­lar sea­son tour­ney in wil­liamstown has holy Trin­ity in top spot with a record of 5-1.

The Fal­cons were 4-0 com­ing into the day, but they lost their first game to Tagwi, 3-1, be­fore bounc­ing back in the af­ter­noon for a 6-2 win against Char-lan.

north dun­das, st. Joseph’s and Tagwi all are 4-2 and tied for se­cond spot. la Ci­tadelle is fifth at 1-5, and Char-lan is in last place with an 0-6 mark.

“Things are look­ing tight as we head to­ward the last (reg­u­lar sea­son) tour­na­ment,” con­venor dick­son said.

That last com­pe­ti­tion is still far off though, be­cause of the up­com­ing exam break. The tour­na­ment at long sault arena and hosted by la Ci­tadelle is sched­uled for Feb. 12, with a snow date of Feb. 19.

The play­off fi­nal will be on Feb. 27, with the first-place team host­ing. The east­ern on­tario cham­pi­onships are slated for Mar. 4 in Pem­broke.

TODD HAM­BLE­TON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

TODD HAM­BLE­TON/ CORN­WALL STAN­DARD­FREE­HOLDER

Brae­den Levac get­ting con­grat­u­lated by team­mates at the St. Joseph's bench af­ter scor­ing the go-ahead goal late in the third pe­riod of a game against North Dun­das on Wed­nes­day in Wil­liamstown.

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