Ontario High School Hockey Madness Week
Here we go, another flood of provincial championships and all in a few days when things all but shut down next week. Maybe, there is a reason to rushing and getting everything ended before April.
Anyway, if you're a hockey fan - the school version - get the car going and shuffle off to Wingham, Ottawa and St. Catharines for various levels of girls' and boys' hockey. You might have just enough time, when all the finals are on Friday, to get back to Toronto for the curling championships on Saturday.
Some interesting things happened on Day One of the playoffs on ice.
Boys hockey in St. Catharines, let's start with the Triple/Quad-A - the bigger schools, as they often get referred too by organizers. The guys at top-ranked St. Marcellinus in Mississauga are still undefeated this year - but not without a scare. They beat Humberside of Toronto 3-0 and then Jordan Nichols scored the winner in a come-from-behind victory, 2-1, over St. Michael's of Toronto - and the Double Blues weren't even the private school champs. In fact, they finished way down the list in their league. Figure that one out.
Yes, more Saints. This time, St. Mary of Pickering. Corrado Cammisuli scored four goals - and not one was the winner - in a 6-2 pool win over St. Joan of Arc from Barrie. Also, another win by St. Mary - a 6-0 yawner over Fellowes of Pembroke.
Some interesting excitement in the game with Christ the King, that's the school from Georgetown, and nearby Orangeville. Alright, so Orangeville won 7-5 - but 25 penalties in the game, two for abusing officials and one for failure to go to the penalty box. I am sure the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association might have something to say about this.
At the boys' playoffs for Single/Double-A (yes, smaller schools), Appleby of Oakville crushed St. Anne's of Clinton 10-0 and then thumped Richview of Toronto, 7-1. I wonder why Appleby is top-ranked in this playoff? Bill Crothers, make that the sports school from Markham, may have set some kind of record in a 12-2 thrashing of Queen Elizabeth from Sioux Lookout. How about eight goals in a span of 12 minutes and 14 seconds of the second period? Great players and another chapter in education and sport.
And now the girls - and more Saints.
It was another edition of the "Thea Imbrogno Show". She's the very talented player, and a Toronto Star all-star, with the defending Ontario Triple/Quad-A champs from St. Basil the Great in Toronto. Three goals, and the winner, in a 4-2 victory over Sacred Heart and three more goals in a 5-0 victory over St. Joseph/Scollard Hall from North Bay. Could they win another gold?
One team hoping to end that St. Basil dream is Monsignor Paul Dwyer - the Oshawa school.
Stephanie Nehring, yet another Toronto Star all-star, is hoping to cap her high school career between the pipes with a provincial gold medal. Two games, two shutouts for her school. Dwyer beat South Carleton 4-0 and St. Joseph 1-0.
Bring on the curlers.