Rebelles capture Louis Riel's sixth straight hockey crown
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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
hero of the hour was Mackenzie Menard who tipped in a
pass from Kimiko Marinacci at the 14:54 mark of the extra
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
Rebels opened the scoring on a goal from Alyssa Baker
with 1:25 left in the first period/
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.
teams played the rest of the third period content to take
the contest into overtime.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
really wanted to get back to OFSAA and we definitely want
to come back with a medal," says Baker.
coach Mark Dregas has high hopes for this year's team.
had a good run last year and we didn't lose any players
to graduation so we should definitely be in the mix,"
OFSAA girls hockey championships will take place in Sudbury
immediately following the March Break.
a.m., Feb. 28)
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