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Varsity Girls Hockey
Lady Rebelles capture Louis Riel's sixth straight hockey crown

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The dynasty that is the Louis Riel varsity girls hockey program lives on after the Rebelles won their sixth city championship in as many years on Thursday.

The Rebelles needed overtime to dispatch the St. Mark Lions in the second game of their best of three final series, having already won the opening game by a 4-1 margin on Tuesday.

The hero of the hour was Mackenzie Menard who tipped in a pass from Kimiko Marinacci at the 14:54 mark of the extra session.

Members of the Louis Riel Rebelles varsity girls hockey team pose for team picture after winning the NCSSAA OFSAA Division championship. Team roster: Gabrielle Poirier, Veronique Landriault, Kimiko Marinacci, Kaitlyn Carney, Justine Lavalée, Alyssa Baker, Kelsey Ellis, Shania Lavalée, Vanessa Saucier, Hailey Carisse, Stephanie Wilson, Kaitlyn Bell, Mackenzie Ménard and Addison Mills..

The Rebels opened the scoring on a goal from Alyssa Baker with 1:25 left in the first period/

After a scoreless second period, Erica Carney tied the game with a goal at the 9:35 mark of the third. The Lions top player, Lauren Dyck very nearly gave her team the lead 30 seconds later, but her shot bounced off the post behind Rebelles goalie Gabrielle Poirier.

Both teams played the rest of the third period content to take the contest into overtime.

For some reason no one can explain, the rink is not flooded for girls games between periods, so by the time the extra session started the snow was starting to form drifts on the ice which made passing the puck with any accuracy extremely tricky.

Poirier was called upon to make several big saves in overtime. She stopped Dyck twice during a penalty kill seven minutes in, and then she robbed her blind with a highlight reel glove save after the Lions forward had already stickhandled past both Louis Riel defenceman.

Lions' netminder Sydney Pulfer then made a spectacular save at the other end of the ice on a nearly identical play to keep her team in the game if only briefly. The winning goal would come less than a minute later.

With the win the Rebelles will get another chance to win a medal at the OFSAA provincial championships, something that has so far eluded the team got the past four years.

Baker says the team has been using the prospect of getting back to the provincial championships and improving on their fourth place finish of a year ago as extra motivation.

"We really wanted to get back to OFSAA and we definitely want to come back with a medal," says Baker.

Rebelles coach Mark Dregas has high hopes for this year's team.

"We had a good run last year and we didn't lose any players to graduation so we should definitely be in the mix," says Dregas.

The OFSAA girls hockey championships will take place in Sudbury immediately following the March Break.

(Posted:1:30 a.m., Feb. 28)

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