Erin Raiders split games at OFSAA tournament

FORT FRANCES – The Erin Raiders split a pair of games on the opening day of the OFSAA provincial high school A/AA boys’ hockey championship tournament Tuesday.

The 11th-ranked Raiders opened the tournament with a 5-4 victory over the eighth-ranked Hearst Nordiks in a tight match before falling 5-0 to the second-ranked Holy Trinity Titans of Courtice.

The opener was a close game throughout as the Raiders and Hearst were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period and 3-3 after the second.

Brendan Hyder’s second goal of the game proved to be the winner. He broke a 4-4 tie when he tallied with just less than nine minutes to go.

Evan Ridley, Trevor Griffiths and Jordan Tutt also scored. Tutt, Chris Ferri and Christian Vagenas each had two assists while Ryan Payne had one.

In the second game, Holy Trinity scored once in the first period and three times in the second on their way to the win.

Erin, Holy Trinity, Hearst and the 13th-ranked Jean Vanier Storm of Collingwood are grouped together in Pool B for the preliminary round. Top two in each of four pools move on to Wednesday’s quarter-finals. The semifinals are set for Thursday morning with the bronze-medal game following at 5 p.m. and the gold-medal game wrapping up the tournament at 7:15 p.m.

In other games in Pool B Tuesday, Holy Trinity defeated Vanier 5-3 and Hearst doubled Vanier 4-2.

Holy Trinity leads the pool at 2-0-0 while the Raiders and Hearst are both at 1-1-0 and Vanier is at 0-2-0.

Wednesday, Hearst and Holy Trinity are to play at 9 a.m. and the Raiders are to play Vanier at 11 a.m.

A win by Erin in that game will put the Raiders into a quarter-final match Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. against the first-place finisher in Pool A.

Pool A includes the top-ranked Fort Frances Muskies, seventh-ranked Holy Cross Crusaders of St. Catharines, 12th-ranked Immaculata Saints of Ottawa and 14th-ranked O’Gorman Knights of Timmins.

Fort Frances and Holy Cross are each at 1-0-1 following Tuesday’s play while Immaculata is at 0-0-2 and O’Gorman is at 0-2-0.

Holy Cross and Fort Frances are to play Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. while Immaculata is to play O’Gorman at 11 a.m.

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