Ban­tam War­riors nab On­tario broom­ball ti­tle

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - – files from Ashley Mel­bourne – Sean Bray

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.

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