KEEP THAT BLOCKER BUSY
Come-from-behind win against nddhs to keep a winning record
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.
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.