Erin Raiders break even, but out of provincial tournament

FORT FRANCES – The Erin Raiders were knocked out of the OFSAA provincial high school A/AA boys’ hockey championship tournament Wednesday when they battled the Jean Vanier Storm of Collingwood to a 6-6 standoff.

Despite splitting their games at the tournament, the 11th-ranked Raiders finished in third place in Pool B with a 1-1-1 record. The eighth-ranked Hearst Nordiks and second-ranked Holy Trinity Titans of Courtice tied for first at 2-1-0 while 13th-ranked Vanier was fourth at 0-2-1.

Hearst claimed first in the pool earlier Wednesday with a 7-5 victory over Holy Trinity.

Vanier scored four times in the third period, including twice in the final minute and a half, to tie Erin.

The teams had been tied 2-2 at the end of the first period before the Raiders shot ahead 5-2 in the second.

Chris Ferri had two goals and two assists for Erin while Trevor Griffiths, Cameron Law, Jordan Tutt and Nathan Savoy also scored. Christian Vagenas assisted on two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Ryan Payne, Griffiths, Jake Cuthbert and Jonathan Tranter-Allen.

In Wednesday’s quarter-finals, the fourth-ranked Belle River Nobles doubled the fifth-ranked Campbellford Flames 4-2, the 12th-ranked Immaculata Saints of Ottawa defeated Hearst 5-3, the third-ranked St. Mary’s Crusaders of Hamilton dropped the ninth-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora 7-1 and the seventh-ranked Holy Cross Raiders of St. Catharines blanked Holy Trinity 5-0.

The top-ranked Fort Frances Muskies didn’t advance out of Pool A. Like Erin, Fort Frances also had a 1-1-1 record in pool play. Holy Cross (2-0-1) and Immaculata (1-0-2) advanced from Pool A.

Thursday morning’s semifinals pit Belle River against Holy Cross at 8:15 a.m. and Immaculata against St. Mary’s at 10:15 a.m.

Winners advance to the gold-medal game at 7:15 p.m. while the losers will play in the bronze-medal game at 5 p.m.

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