Sports Hockey

Lancers victorious on the ice

By Melissa Schilz, Postmedia Network

The Lancer girls hockey team had a close game against Sandwich Monday, but came out champions. They head to OFSAA after March break. (Melissa Schilz/The Topic)

The Lancer girls hockey team had a close game against Sandwich Monday, but came out champions. They head to OFSAA after March break. (Melissa Schilz/The Topic)

LCCVI's girls hockey team are sharpening their skates for OFSAA after defeating the Sandwich Sabres at the Greenwood Rec Centre Monday afternoon.

 

The close game had spectators on their toes, with Sandwich leading 1- 0 up until the last minute of the third period. But the Lancers scored, taking the game into overtime, where rookie player Kami Burr scored the winning goal of the game and her first of the season.

 

“It was a little bit closer than we’re used to,” said Coach Lacey McPhail, adding that a higher than usual number of penalties handed out posed a challenge. “The girls did amazing…they rallied and we’re super excited.”

 

McPhail said the team went in to the game with high expectations – the team has made their way to OFSAA for the last two years.

 

“There’s confidence there knowing we’re a well-rounded team and we’ve been there, we’ve done this,” she said.

 

But after losing a few of their big players last year, McPhail said they have some nerves, but not enough to stop them from taking the win.

 

“We lost a lot of leadership that we had,” she said. “We’re thrilled to see the younger girls stepping up and filling those big shoes.”

 

McPhail said OFSAA will bring them some tough competition, with teams from across the province, but the girls are up for it.

 

“It’s an honour that we get to go, they know we’ll be playing against some of the best teams in the province,” she said. “It’s really just a culmination and you have as much fun as possible.”

 

The Lancers will be heading to Timmins after March Break, with the tournament starting March 21.