Bishop Mac vaults to sixth with another hockey win
GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics made it two wins in a row as they toppled the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 7-4 in District 4/10 high school boys’ hockey play Tuesday at the West End arena.
“Honestly, I think that was our best games as far as forechecking goes,” Bishop Mac coach Tom Gill said. “They bought into it, they were very aggressive on the forecheck and it paid off in a very big way for us. We’re really happy.”
The Celtics led 2-0 at the end of the first period and 6-2 after the second.
Cole Martin, Trent Claessens and Matt Maldonado netted two goals apiece for Bishop Mac while Trent DiCiccio also scored. Reed Kurtz and Michael Billings each had two assists while single assists were awarded to Claessens, Devon Driscoll, Brendan Gill, Carter McGrath and Michael Pollard.
Tryston Pavis connected for two goals and an assist for GCVI while Nate Stemerdink and Alex MacIntyre added single goals. Getting one assist each were Austin Montiero, Colin Livingston, Lucas Cross and Ethan Tyo.
The win allowed the Celtics to leapfrog the Gaels and move into sixth in the eight-team league. The two wins follow a start that saw Bishop Mac suffer four losses, a tie and another loss in overtime.
“Things are shaping up,” coach Gill said. “We’ve got a pretty good group and they’re pretty focused right now and we just want to keep them going the way we’re going and go as deep as we can into the playoffs and try to make CWOSSA. That’s our goal.”
“We had a rough start to the season. We had trouble getting a team together, but we got everyone out here and we’ve all been working. Our first practice to now we’ve just improved tremendously. It’s looking good.”
The Centre Wellington Falcons (6-0-0-0) and Orangeville Bears (6-1-0-0) each have 12 points while the Erin Raiders (5-3-0-0) and Norwell Varsity Reds (4-2-2-0) each have 10. Ross Royals (3-3-1-0) have seven and are followed by Bishop Mac (2-4-1-1) at six, GCVI (2-5-0-1) at five and Centennial Spartans (0-7-0-1) at one.
The game was the last one for Bishop Mac before the two-week break for exams.
“It’s OK. Some of these kids are banged up,” coach Gill said. “Some of them play rep as well and it’s a good time to lay low, lick their wounds, do some studying and get that part of their academia looked after. It’s good. We’ll take it in stride.”
“It’s affecting us all the same so it’s just a matter of who’s going to work harder when we come back,” Kurtz said.
Bishop Mac is slated to complete its regular season with a match against Centennial Feb. 6.
“We just want to keep the streak going and stay healthy,” coach Gill said. “We’ve got a few injuries. It’s a pretty rough sport and they’re pretty rugged kids, but they do get injured from time to time.”
“It needs to be a win. If that’s a win, it’ll set us up good for playoffs,” Kurtz said. “Hopefully in playoffs we get a team that we match up well with and just keep getting wins from there on out.”
None of the quarter-final playoff matches are expected to be played in Guelph. The Celtics are lined up to play at either Erin against the Raiders or Palmerston against Norwell.
Ross 2 Norwell 2
Calvin Fogler and Noah Van Dam scored a goal apiece for Ross.
Norwell Boston struck for both goals for Norwell.
Orangeville 2 Erin 0
Details were not reported.
- Guelph Sports Jounal