High school hockey players prepare for playoffs

By: Randy Pascal – Playback

 | Feb 05, 2014 - 3:04 PM |

With the teams now separated into their second-half Division A and Division B pools, the fun really begins for the SDSSAA boys hockey league.

On Monday night at Carmichael, the Lasalle Lancers secured their berth in the Division A semifinals, edging the Manitoulin Mustangs 3-2.

Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Lancers received goals from Nick Ames and Cody Pasanen just 32 seconds apart in the opening minute of the frame, holding on for the win.

Mike Huntington rounded out the scoring for the winners, with Justice Corbiere and Sheldon Campbell countering in a losing cause for Manitoulin. Game 2 proved slightly less dramatic as the St. Benedict Bears rode a two-goal performance from Riley Campbell and a 27-save effort from netminder Austin White to a 5-0 win over the Horizon Aigles.

Captain Matthew Bertuzzi, Connor Vandeweghe and Carter Jibb chipped in with one goal apiece for St Ben's. The Bears will meet the Lively Hawks in a Division B semifinal matchup, while the Aigles go toe to toe with the Lo-Ellen Park Knights.

The Knights closed out their regular season schedule, sending the Bishop Carter Gators to the sidelines in a 5-4 encounter. Dan Sidun scored twice to lead the way for Lo-Ellen, with Pierce Wallingford, Sam Sedore and Adam Favot adding one goal each.

Gators' captain Cory Hannon closed out his high school hockey career in style, recording the hat trick, with Jordan Connors adding the remaining BAC tally.

Action tonight sees St. Benedict facing Lively, with the spotlight game coming on Friday when Lockerby battles Manitoulin in Little Current.

The Vikings need a win to force a tie-breaker game on Monday for the fourth and final playoff spot in Division A. Elsewhere, a potential preview of the Division A final goes Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Ray Plourde Arena as the Confederation Chargers play host to the St. Charles College Cardinals in a matchup of the top two teams in the league.

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