Char-Lan strikes gold
What a day of girls high school hockey it was on Monday in Williamstown, as the Char-Lan DHS Crusaders skated to the SD&G championship.
The final match pitted topseeded Char- Lan against St. Joseph’s, a Cornwall school with a population more than three times that of the South Glengarry institution.
For most of the afternoon game, the Crusaders were in control, setting the pace of play early on as they hemmed the Panthers in their own zone.
However, Char-Lan was never able to build a secure lead. In fact, St. Joe’s led for a short stretch of the first period.
Otherwise, the pattern was that the Crusaders would score, and the Panthers would then draw even. So it was throughout, with the teams skating to the end of regulation time knotted at 4-4.
With a 10-minute extra session on the clock, and the teams playing four- on- four, CharLan’s girls put a quick end to this one, as, just 27 seconds in, Chelsea Cayer got free, rushing into the attacking zone to notch the game- and title- winning tally.
And the celebration was on – in the stands and on the ice – as Char-Lan repeated as SD&G champion, having a year ago beaten La Citadelle in the final.
Cayer’s OT winner gave her a hat trick in the title tilt, with Char-Lan’s other goals coming from Emily Slaney-Adams and Shana Alexander.
Earning assists were Hannah Thomson and Mackenna Mulhearn, each with two
Power plays proved key in the final, with the Panthers’ goahead goal scored on an advantage. Char-Lan also bagged a pair in the second period whilst St. Joe’s players sat in the sin bin.
Char- Lan’s semifinal game, played Monday morning, saw the Crusaders battle Holy Trinity through a scoreless opening period.
The offence found its legs in the second stanza, though, as the teams combined for six goals, in a 4-2 win for Char-Lan.
Alexander scored twice for the Crusaders, including the gamewinner unassisted, while Cayer had the other two tallies.
Lee-Anne Warden and Allie Fickes earned the assists.
For the Falcons, Taylor Barkley had both goals, one of which came on a power play.
Emma Bacchiochi and Emma Vanderburg recorded assists.
St. Joseph’s had a rougher ride in their semi, where they need- ed a shootout to dispatch Les Patriotes.
Rep at EOSSAA
The Char-Lan Crusaders will be representing us as SD&G champions at EOSSAA for the second straight year.
This year’s regional tournament is set for Feb. 29 in Napanee.
In 2015, playing in Smiths Falls, the Crusaders claimed the EOSSAA title, en route to competing at OFSAA, where they reached the quarter-finals.
ON TOP: As their rabid fans celebrate in the stands behind them, members of the Char-Lan DHS girls hockey team mark their SD&G championship on the ice. Standing from left are Brooke Seguin, mascot Fender the Husky, Mackenna Mulhearn, Allie Fickes, coach Darrell McDonell, Emily Slaney-Adams, Shana Alexander, Hannah Thomson, Chelsea Cayer, Mackayla Petrie, and coach Sean O’Farrell. Kneeling are Chantal Vivarais, Lee-Anne Warden, Brenna Thomson, Lauren McLeod, and Emily Tournageau. In front is goaltender Cassie Flaro.
SPEED: Holy Trinity’s Abby Jurchuk fights for puck control, under the challenge of Char-Lan’s Emily Slaney-Adams, as the pair skates behind the Falcons’ net in SDGAA girls playoff hockey action from Williamstown.