Cairine Wilson caps perfect season with Tier 1 hockey crown
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
head coach Sean Sacharuk says the team owes its success
to the commitment made by each and every player and especially
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.
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.
11 p.m., March 4)
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