Char-Lan strikes gold

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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.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

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