Stoney Creek takes gold, Sudbury teams blanked
The Saltfleet District High School Storm from Stoney Creek became the second double-digit seed in as many days to walk away with a provincial crown, blanking the Holy Cross Crusaders (Kingston) 1-0 in the AAA-AAAA gold medal encounter Friday afternoon at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.
Hunter French scored off a scramble late in the first period and Saltfleet netminder Mackenzie McCullough made it stand, turning aside all 20 shots she faced. Ironically, the two teams had met in pool play on Thursday as Saltfleet scored with just 17 seconds to play, salvalging a 1-1 tie in the process.
In the bronze medal encounter, Medway High School Cowboys (Arva) received goals from Katherine Bailey, Lauren Straatman and Courtney Simpson, slipping past Centennial 3-1, while Ryley Robinson scored the go ahead goal with less than five minutes to play, lifting Bill Crothers past Lawrence Park 4-3 in the AAA-AAAA consolation final.
Earlier in the day, Bill Crothers had eliminated the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, edging the local hopefuls 4-3 in overtime. The remaining SDSSAA AAA-AAAA entry, the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères, were sent packing by Lawrence Park, losing 6-1 in the consolation quarter-finals.
On Thursday night, the Louis Riel Rebels from Ottawa claimed the A-AA championship banner, overcoming their 10th seed placement and edging St Michael CSS (Strathroy) 3-2 in the final.
Believed by many to be the top two teams in the draw, Appleby College (Oakville) and the St Theresa Titans (Belleville) would meet in the bronze medal affair, with Appleby walking away with a 3-2 victory.
The St Charles College Cardinals got as far as the championship quarter-finals, but no further, falling to Louis Riel 3-2 as Brooke Kennedy and Sarah Mulvenna scored for the Cards.
Sparked by a 22-save performance from Danaee St Germain, Embrun blanked Belle River 2-0 in the A-AA consolation final. A total of 32 teams gathered in Sudbury for the four-day event, including 28 squads from out of town.