Falcons, Bears back for another boys hockey title tilt

FERGUS – Well, here’s something that certainly isn’t new.

For the third consecutive year and fifth time in seven years the Centre Wellington Falcons and Orangeville Bears will meet to decide the District 4/10 high school boys hockey championship.

The Falcons and Bears both scored semifinal victories over Guelph opponents at their home rinks Thursday.

Centre Wellington edged the Ross Royals at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex while Orangeville downed the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 3-1 at the Tony Rose Memorial Arena.

Ben Shafer, Dean Sealey, Logan Raynor, Tyler Young and Zac Tofflemire scored the goals for the Falcons in the win over Ross.

Adam Nightingale, Pat Nyman, Chris Cabella and Connor Snedden responded with single goals for Ross.

Scoring details were not reported for the Bishop Mac-Orangeville game.

The Falcons are to host the Bears in the championship match Thursday at 2 p.m.

Centre Wellington finished the regular season in first place at 8-1-1-0 while Orangeville was second at 8-2-0-0.

The teams met once during the regular season and Orangeville edged the Falcons 4-3 in Fergus Jan. 17, that being Centre Wellington’s lone loss of the D4/10 regular season.

Centre Wellington is the defending league champion as they edged Orangeville 3-2 in last year’s final. Orangeville had won the three previous championship-game meetings between the teams – 5-1 in 2017, 5-4 in 2015 and 6-3 in 2013.

This will also be the eighth consecutive year that either Centre Wellington or Orangeville are in the final. The last one without either one of them was 2011 when the St. James Lions doubled Bishop Mac 4-2 to capture league honours.

 

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