Bishop Smith county champions
The Bishop Smith High School Crusaders girls hockey team are Renfrew County champions, after defeating Valour High School at the Petawawa Civic Centre on Thursday in the Frozen Four tournament. Standing in the back row, starting from left, is coach Leslie Spencer, Jamie Broome, Ali Obasohan, Aurora Dament, Kaitlyn Bourgeois, Kaylie Kuehl, and coach Mike David. In the front row, starting from left, is Mackenzie Godin, Sherry Ethier, Abbie McGrath, Jenna White and Karsyn Keetch. Lying down in front is goalie Shannon O’Grady.
PETAWAWA – Bishop Smith Catholic High School has captured the 2018 girl's hockey county championship.
On Thursday afternoon at the Petawawa Civic Centre, the Crusaders defeated Petawawa's Valour Voyageurs 2-1 to claim the title, following a closely fought game which kept everyone on the edge of their seat to the final buzzer.
This follows the Frozen Four Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association tournament, in which Fellowes and Opeongo High schools also participated for the title. It was to have run Wednesday, but was rescheduled due to the lock down at Valour School.
Earlier in the day, Bishop Smith blanked Fellowes 3-0, with the Crusader's netminder Shannon O'Grady earning a shutout. Kaitlyn Bourgois scored twice in the first period, with Jenna White getting an assist on the first goal.
Following a scoreless second period, Bishop's Jaiden Smith scored solo late in the third period with only a minute left in regulation time
to secure the win.
Valour, in the meantime, defeated Opeongo 3-1 to advance to the final.
Hali de Ruiter scored unassisted some six minutes into the first period to give the Petawawa school a 1-0 lead.
Opeongo tied things up in the second, as Kathleen Barr, with an assist by Shaylyn Bielaskie, scored near the end of the period to make it 1-1.
Valour responded in the third period with a pair of goals for the win. First, Remie Lavoie made it 2-1 with Sophie Warren assisting, then Mila Jones scored the third goal of the game unassisted.
The championship final saw Bishop score singles in the first and second periods. Jenna White scored in the game opener with Bourgois picking up an assist. Then in the second period, Bourgois scored her third goal of the day to make it 2-0, with Aurora Dament receiving an assist.
Late in the third period, Valour rallied. Taking advantage of a Bishop Smith penalty which left the team down a player, the Voyageurs pulled the goalie and pressed home the extra attacker, The move payed off as de Ruiter scored with less than a minute left in the game to make it 2-1, with teammates Maggie Mohns and Sophie Warren
earning assists on the play.
Valour fought hard, but were unable to score to force overtime as the clock ran out, leaving the Crusaders the winners.
Bishop Smith now travels to Rockland on Monday, March 5 to take part in the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association girls hockey finals.