Girls’ hockey league gets close at top of standings

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – Things tightened up a little at the top of the District 10 high school girls’ hockey league standings Monday.

A 4-1 win by the Ross Royals over the Centre Wellington Falcons at the Victoria Road arena combined with a 7-3 victory by the Centennial Spartans over the Bishop Macdonell Celtics at Centennial arena left the top three teams in the seven-team league separated by two points.

“Lately we’ve been doing pretty well,” Ross assistant captain Keegan Camp said. “We’ve been getting a lot of goals, which is nice.”

The Royals have scored 32 goals in league play this season and 12 of those have come in their last three games. The Falcons lead the league with 35, but have played one more game than Ross.

“We’ve been playing a lot more as a team rather than as individual players, so it’s been really good,” Camp said. “I think we’ve bonded a lot more. Over the past tournament we had in Toronto, we really came together.”

The loss by Centre Wellington was the first for the Falcons in league play this season while Ross and Centennial had suffered a single loss earlier in the campaign.

Centre Wellington remains in first place at 5-1-3 while Ross is a point behind in second at 5-1-2 and the Spartans are a point behind the Royals in third at 3-1-5.

Monday, Ross led 1-0 at the end of the first period and 3-1 after the second. The Falcons ran into penalty problems in the third that left them playing shorthanded for at least half the period.

Annie Lambkin had two unassisted goals for Ross while Camp and Olivia Sarabura added single goals. Emily Knight had an assist.

Tianna Dietrich hit for the lone goal for the Falcons while Mackenzie Goodfellow collected an assist on the play.

The top three each finish the 2017 portion of their schedules later in the week. Centennial is to play the St. James Lions (2-3-3) Wednesday while Ross is to tangle with the Guelph CVI Green Gaels (2-4-2) and Centre Wellington is to battle the Lourdes Crusaders (2-2-3) Thursday.

As is the case with all high school fall/winter leagues, the girls’ hockey loop will have a two-week Christmas break followed by two weeks of game play then another two-week break for exams before returning for the final week or two of league play before the playoffs. That can be a challenge for teams to stay on top of their game play.

“A lot of the girls, they have other hockey outside (of school) so that kind of keeps them going,” Camp said. “It’s a little tough at times, but really when we get back together it’s easy.”

 

Centennial 7 Bishop Macdonell 3

Scoring details not reported.