Lions come back to head into break with win
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – A third-period comeback allowed the St. James Lions to even their record as they headed into the Christmas break.
Four goals in the final nine and a half minutes of the game, all four by Caitlan Krasinski, gave the Lions a 4-3 win over the Centennial Spartans in District 10 high school girls’ hockey play at the Victoria Road arena Wednesday.
“I wanted to at least tie it,” Krasinski said of the final five minutes of the game when she scored three times for the win. “I get the two so I’m like ‘Oh awesome. That’s good, I’m glad we tied.’”
That was good, but the Lions wanted more.
“I go on and get that last goal and it was really good,” Krasinski said. “It’s good for the team.”
“They just put all of their teamwork together and got each other to rally,” St. James coach Victoria Henry said. “We just needed that one goal to kind of help us out. They just kind of go. We give a couple of words of advice and encouragement here and there and they just take it and go with it.”
The winning goal came shortly after Kransinski had been stopped on another breakaway while the Lions were shorthanded. She remembered that on her winning goal that came with 26.4 seconds to play.
“That was a hard one,” she said of the stop. “I tried deking and it worked a couple of times, but not all the time, so I thought ‘I’m going to shoot this one.’ I shot it top corner and it went in so I’m glad I went that way.’
The Spartans appeared to have the game in control as they led 2-0 at the end of the first period and 3-0 at the end of the second and they had the Lions pinned in their own zone for most of the first five and a half minutes of the third.
But Krasinski found openings to exploit for breakaways and the goals that gave St. James the win that left its record at 3-3-3.
“We’re doing pretty good. This is one of our best years, I feel,” fourth-year Lion Krasinski said. “We’ve had some good games and we’ve also had some bad ones, but for the most part we’ve been doing very well.”
“It’s been going good,” Henry said. “It’s been a good coming-together season. We weren’t sure how it was going to look at the beginning. We have some girls who really love hockey and that I think helps push on to the other girls to want to work harder and get better. We’ve got a lot of different skill levels so it’s great to see the girls working together.”
Krasinski praised the play of her teammates, especially goaltender Morgan Eastwood.
“She gets a workout every game,” Krasinski said. “She’s a great one, especially for being in Grade 9.”
Lauren Jackett assisted on all four goals for the Lions while Shannon Green, Faith Lang and Jessica Bieman had one assist apiece
Morgan Dezell, Hilary Davidson and Amy Coppolino scored for Centennial. Cate MacLeod, Kaitlin Reimer, Coppolino, Megan Rowbotham and Kathleen Roberts each had one assist.
Lourdes 4 Bishop Macdonell 1
Fiona Costello led Lourdes with two goals and an assist while Melissa Martone and Sydney Benninger also scored. Grace Blamauer, Courtney Emeny and Lindsay Costello each had one assist.
Kyle Bertrand scored for Bishop Mac.