Bishop Mac hockey boys claim their first win of season

GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics started the 2018 portion of the District 4/10 high school boys’ hockey season by posting their first win of the season.

“That’s awesome,” Bishop Mac coach Tom Gill said. “The boys played really good. It was a good game, back and forth and we pulled it out in the end.”

The Celtics edged the Centennial Spartans 3-2 Tuesday at the West End arena to keep the Spartans winless.

“This is huge,” Bishop Mac’s Cole Martin said. “We’ve been looking for this all season. The boys were buzzing, the power play was buzzing, everyone was buzzing out there.”

As was the case in a tie with the Norwell Varsity Reds earlier in the season, the Celtics used a breakout up the middle that led to the goals.

“We kept trying and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t,” Gill said. “Sometimes you’re a champ and sometimes you’re a chump. We got lucky on a shorthanded goal and that really helped. I shouldn’t say shorthanded, it was just after the penalty and the guy got behind the D and got away so that was good. We had a lot of chances that were off the post, but so did they.”

“We just try to pick up speed through the neutral zone and get pucks to the net and get bodies to the net and hopefully put the puck in the net,” Martin said. “It worked out this game and hopefully we can continue it to the next game.”

After a scoreless first period, Bishop Mac jumped ahead with a goal in the final minute of the second. The Celtics added to their lead with two more goals in the first five minutes of the third before Centennial responded with a pair of goals in the final five minutes.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Martin said of the two goals he scored. “I got lucky and the puck went in the net.”

Lucas Wells had the other goal for Bishop Mac while assists were awarded to Trent Diciccio, Trent Claessens and Devon Driscoll.

Ryan Cole and Zach Goodchild scored for Centennial while Jake Neamtu, Cole and Zach St. Amand each had an assist.

The result left Bishop Mac at 1-3-1-1 and Centennial at 0-6-0-1.

“For confidence, it’s everything,” Gill said. “We haven’t had a lot of success this year. Somebody’s got to win, it might as well be us.”

“We’ve just got to stick to our game plan, hopefully keep defence first and hopefully keep the boys rolling,” Martin said.

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