Celtics’ return to girls’ hockey league a winning one

GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics struck for a pair of third-period goals to make their return to the District 10 high school girls’ hockey league a winning one Tuesday at the West End arena.

“We couldn’t be happier to be back,” Bishop Mac coach Jeff Hunt said. “Unfortunately things just didn’t work out last year and this year we thought ‘Let’s give it a try again.’ The girls are super enthusiastic — new kids and the kids who would’ve played last year.”

The Celtics return to the league with a fairly young squad as they have four players who are in Grade 9, four or five who are in Grade 9 and three who are in Grade 12, although two of them begin the season on the sidelines due to injuries suffered with rep teams in either hockey or ringette.

Like most teams in the league, the Celtics have a few players from the Guelph Predators ringette association on the roster and they stand out a little bit when they’re on the ice.

“You can see them with the ringette pants,” Hunt said. “My experience is that ringette players can skate with anybody. It’s the transfer of the ringette stick and ring to the stick and the puck which they need to work a little bit on. But again, all I want from them is to go out every shift and work as hard as they can. I can live with physical errors and I can live with even the odd mental mistake, but not laziness and I haven’t seen a hint of that with the girls.”

The Celtics scored twice in the final six minutes of the game to edge the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 3-1 in the league’s first game of the season.

“A good start today,” Hunt said. “It was a good test for us.”

Damara Marshall had given GCVI the early lead with a goal late in the first period. Sierra Oliver picked up an assist.

Sam Stamp tied it when she scored for Bishop Mac late in the second period with help from Devan MacDonald.

Julia Tonin’s unassisted goal with 5:50 to go in the third put the Celtics ahead.

Stamp scored her second of the game as she connected in the final minute of play. Assists on the goal went to Emma Belluzzi and Olivia Chappel.

“We’ll take today and enjoy the victory,” Hunt said.

The Celtics are to be back on the West End arena ice Wednesday when they’re to play the defending OFSAA AAA provincial champion Centre Wellington Falcons. Game time is 3 p.m.

 

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