Its déjà vu for the St Peter’s Saints high school hockey program.
Less than 24 hours after the school’s girl’s hockey team captured COSSA gold in a thrilling overtime victory over Belleville’s Centennial Secondary School, the boys program claimed the number one honours in the Central Ontario Secondary School hockey final at the Kinsmen arena Tuesday afternoon.
In what turned out to be a rematch of the Kawartha regional final, the St Peter’s boy’s hockey team beat the St Mary’s Thunder of Cobourg 4-1.
After remaining scoreless for the first period, St Mary’s was the first to draw blood. Cobourg’s Mitch Gibson slipped the puck past the Saints goalie Brad Smith on a Thunder power play at 13:53 in the second period. In spite of the goal, St Pete’s consistently controlled the puck at both ends of the ice.
Two minutes later, Saint’s team captain Josh Duggan, blew one by the Thunder net minder to put the home town rink on the score board. A second shot from the point by Peterborough’s Josh Gauthier put St. Pete’s ahead by one and would carry the lead into the second intermission.
“We knew we could get the lead if we played like we usually do,” stated Duggan.
The third period saw the Saints strongest play of the game, finding the back of the net in the first few minutes of play and then putting the game out of reach by a 4-1 margin with two minutes remaining in the game.
“This was a similar to the start we had against St Mary’s in the Kawartha final,” stated Saints head coach Gerard Sullivan, pointing out that St Mary’s solitary goal was off a power play and not due to his team being out played.
The Saints had a slow start against St Mary’s in the regional Kawartha finals as well, but just like today, they kept the pressure on and wore the Thunder down. St Peter’s bested St Mary’s in the Kawartha final 5-2.
The Saints will now move on to the ‘AAA’ OFSSA provincial hockey tournament. St Pete’s is the host this year and regardless of the win would have received an automatic by into the championship tournament. St Mary’s will also move on to the provincial championships with the hopes of finally besting St. Peters this year.
The tournament, which won’t hit the ice until the 21st of March, will see 40 of the best teams from all over Ontario will converge in Peterborough to find out who is the top team in the province.
The OFSSA championship tournament will take place from March 21-24 and play in four different venues, including the Kinsmen, Evinrude, Norwood arenas. The rest of the pool play and the medal matches will be played at the Memorial Centre.