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Varsity Hockey
Cairine Wilson caps perfect season with Tier 1 hockey crown

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cairine Wilson Wildcat co-captains Jordan Stouros, Dan Lacroix, and John McCartney accept the NCSSAA Tier 1 contact hockey trophy after knocking off the Colonel By Cougars in the final. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Cairine Wilson Wildcats varsity boys hockey team are the NCSSAA Tier 1 (non-OFSAA) champions after sweeping the Colonel By Cougars in their best of three final series on Tuesday.

The Wildcats went unbeaten through 12 games including three wins in a row in the playoffs. The only blemish on their near perfect record was a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame in their final regular season game.

After opening the playoffs with a 7-2 win over St. Joseph in the semi-finals, the Wildcats downed the Cougars 6-2 in the first game of their best of three final series.

In Game 2 at the Earl Armstrong Arena on Tuesday, the Wildcats spotted the Cougars an early 1-0 lead before scoring five unanswered goals to clinch the game and the championship.

John Macartney got things started for the Wildcats with an equalizer late in the opening stanza. Jake Daigle's marker at the 8:34 mark of the second period would touch off a four goal outburst capped by Ryan Burnside with 39 seconds left before the intermission. Connor Roy and Josh Thomas also scored to contribute to the Wildcats' cause.

Konrad VonSchoenberg narrowed the deficit to 5-2 halfway through the third, but by then the writing was already on the wall. An empty net goal by Jordan Stouros with 1:35 left to go in the game, sealed the Cougars fate and clinched the championship for the Wildcats.

It was a satisfying win for the Wildcats who didn't want to suffer the same fate as the school's senior boys basketball team which was upset in the city championship after going undefeated through the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs.

For Stouros and the other graduating seniors on the team, winning the championship is a perfect ending to high school hockey career that started in Grade 9.

"It's fun to win it with these guys. There were a lot of smiles at the end," said Stouros who will be graduating this spring along with Dan Lacroix, John Macartney, Ryan Burnside and Jason Wells.

Wildcats head coach Sean Sacharuk says the team owes its success to the commitment made by each and every player and especially the veterans.

"The commitment has been fantastic right from the beginning. Four of the seniors started with me in Grade 9 and stuck with me all the way through," said the proud coach who was assisted behind the bench by Paul Lacroix.

Team roster: Jordan Stouros, Dan Lacroix, John Macartney, Ryan Burnside, Connor Roy, Jason Wells, Will Cudmore, Ben Neuman, Jake Daigle, Nic Renaud, Aidan Gray, Justin Fischer, Tommy Spiliotopoulos, Scott Foxall, Jacob Thomas, Kyle Godin and Wil Hanbidge.

(Posted 11 p.m., March 4)

 

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