Bantam Warriors nab Ontario broomball title
The Warriors bantam girls broomball team claimed the 2019 Ontario championship, at the Feb. 8-10 tournament in Barrie.
The girls received their gold medals after defeating the Mildmay Mustangs, in the final.
In the tourney opener, the Warriors came out hard, winning 4-0 over the Blyth Bullets. Grace Henry started it off, set up nicely by Aneliesa Reid and Isabelle Ouelette. The powerhouse line later connected for two more goals. The fourth marker, on a power play, came off a beautiful tip-in, in front of the net by Melanie Fogarty, from a blistering shot by Emma MacLean with only five seconds left.
Game two was an intense standoff with the Mustangs. Coralie Dagenais scored with 8:21 remaining in the game; however, the Mustangs drew even less than two minutes later to send the game into sudden-death overtime.
Both teams ran into penalties, but it only took one minute of extra time for the Warriors to capitalize and earn a spot in the final, as Henry scored on another outstanding set-up by Ouelette and Reid.
Sunday morning brought a rematch between the Warriors and the Mustangs for the title.
Both teams fought hard, and with only 1:37 remaining in the match, Alexane Paquette drove home the golden goal, on a perfect passing play from Henry and Dagenais.
Warriors goaltender Aurora Giroux was outstanding in the final minute, as she had been throughout the tournament, to help secure the championship.
Over the course of the competition, the Warriors played incredibly strong as a team and worked hard every shift they were on the ice. The team’s drive was unmatched by any other.
Members of the squad are drawn from across Eastern Ontario.
Holy Trinity is scheduled to host EOSSAA’s ‘AA’ senior and junior boys tournaments.
The senior event is booked for Feb. 20-21, with round-robin action on day one, followed by playoffs the second day. Start time each day is set for 10 a.m., with games following every 90 minutes.
The Falcons are seeded second, behind Frontenac SS, from Kingston.
The junior EOSSAA tourney is a one-day affair, booked for Feb. 26.