North Dundas, St. Joseph’s top boys hockey standings
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor What a difference a day makes! Heading into Dec. 19 SDGAA high school boys hockey league play in Morrisburg, Char-Lan DHS was sitting pretty, atop the standings in a three-way tie with North Dundas and St. Joseph’s.
After the ice chips had settled following this event, though, the Crusaders had slipped to second play, leaving the Panthers and Devils to battle for first.
The pivotal action came in the second game of the day, with Char-Lan facing off against St. Joseph’s.
The Panthers opened the scoring midway through the first period, but the Crusaders responded less than a minute later, when Seamus O’Connell found the target, set up by Aidan Leroux and Andrew Dixon.
Before the period was over, though, St. Joe’s restored its lead. There was no scoring in the second and third periods, as the Panthers held on to prevail 2-1.
Later in the day, the Crusaders looked to bounce back against la Citadelle.
However, it was les Patriotes who got on the board first, poking the puck under the pads of CharLan goaltender Hunter Mader, late in the first period.
The Crusaders responded in the second, though, taking play to their opponents.
The equalizer came two minute in, on a power play, when Nathaniel Faubert tipped it down low. Lachlan McDonell and Kurt Alexander earned the apples.
Just 14 seconds later, they had the go-ahead (and game-winning) goal, as Andrew Dixon scored his first of three. Donovan Francis potted a pair in the third period, to ice the 6-1 victory.
Picking up assists were Alexander (2), McDonell, Faubert, Leroux, and Roan MacLennan.
With the split results on the day, Char-Lan’s record dropped to 3-1, while North Dundas and St. Joseph’s improved to 4-0.
The Devils blanked Holy Trinity 4-0 and Tagwi 1-0. The Panthers also put up a shutout over their Catholic rival Falcons.
In other action, Tagwi lost 3-2 to Seaway, despite goals from Kade McMillan and Noelan Spink. Assists went to Nolan MacMillan, Zayne Pitblado, and Andre Doyon.
The Warriors enter the Christmas break with a 1-3 record, in a tie for fourth place.
The last game of the day at the Dec. 19 tourney in Morrisburg saw the host Seaway Spartans blanked by la Citadelle 1-0.
League play is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Williamstown, with a slate of games at the Char- Lan Rec. Centre, beginning at 8 a.m. with a feature match between the Tagwi Warriors and host Crusaders. Another key game has North Dundas and St. Joseph’s colliding at 11 a.m.
PUSH IT: Char-Lan District High School’s Andrew Dixon, fending off the challenge of a skater from la Citadelle, breaks out of his defensive zone. More game images online at glengarrynews.ca/photos