wins fifth straight 'AA' girls hockey championship
By Fred Sherwin
Louis-Riel Rebelles can hang another championship banner
in the school gymnasium after the varsity girls hockey
team won their fifth staight title on Tuesday.
Rebelles downed the St. Mark Lions 4-2 to win the best-of-three
final series two games to one.
series got off to a controversial start when the Lions
had to forfeit the opening game after their top three
players were told not to play by their competitive team.
the Ottawa Citizen shed light on the controversy,
the competitive team relented and the three girls dressed
for Game 2. Unfortunately for the Rebelles, their top
player, Morgan McNeill, had a with a soccer tournament
and wasn't able to suit up. The result was a 3-2 win for
was back in the Rebelles' lineup for the rubber match
and she proved to be the difference, scoring three of
her team's four goals.
an amazing athlete," boasted Rebelles head coach
Mark Dregas after the game. "She was definitely the
difference in the game."
to the previous four championships the Rebelles won, the
fifth was definitely the most challenging, said Dregas.
was the hardest one to win," said Dregas. "This
team isn't as talented as the teams we've had in past
years, but what they lacked in talent they more than made
up for in grit and determination. They worked hard and
they refused to lose."
Rebelles finished the regular season tied for second place
with a record of 6-3-1. They barely squeaked by John McCrae
in their single-game elimination semi-final, eeking out
a 5-4 win, to earn a berth in the final.
up for the Rebelles are the OFSAA championships which
begin on March 20 in Belleville. The team will trying
to make it past the quarterfinals for the first time since
Louis-Riel won the gold medal in 2009.
7:30 a.m., March 7)
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