OPP, Gaels ice thrills
Last Friday afternoon, members of the Ontario Provincial Police took to the ice in Alexandria, facing off with students from Glengarry District High School, in their annual hockey game.
For the Gaels, just getting a group together was a challenge this year, as the school didn’t ice teams for league play this year, due to lack of numbers. The roster for this game was formed at the last minute and included some with little to no hockey experience, joined by those who skated with minor and junior teams this winter.
School coach Glen Campbell
tells The News that his roster was finalized the morning of the game, and the players didn’t have any opportunity to practise together.
Campbell invited girls to participate as well, with just one, goaltender Abby Hardy, taking up the challenge.
Meanwhile, the OPP Badgers looked like a finely honed machine, skating to an 11-5 victory.
Lachlan MacDonald and Ethan Attridge each scored twice for the Gaels, while Rowan McPherson notched one marker.
Speaking on behalf of the police, Eric Ranger says that the goal of the OPP’s participation in these games is to connect with youth in the community, forming a bond that will leave a legacy of faith and confidence in law enforcement organizations.
UNDER PRESSURE: Glengarry Gaels goaltender Nathan Noel swims for a loose puck, flanked by teammates Lachlan MacDonald, left, and Kevin Doyle, as the OPP’s Tyler Copeland works for a scoring opportunity. More game images online at glengarrynews.ca/photos