Falcons capture OFSAA AAA girls’ hockey crown
MIDLAND – The 10th-seed Centre Wellington Falcons of Fergus claimed the OFSAA provincial high school AAA girls’ hockey championship by dethroning the top-seed and two-time defending champion Medway Cowboys of Arva in Friday’s final.
The Falcons tallied two power-play goals to collect the first ever provincial AAA girls’ title for a CWOSSA team. This year’s tournament was the 17th for girls’ hockey at the AAA level.
The teams scored a goal apiece in the first period, Carson Lean scoring a power-play goal as she tipped in a shot from the point with 3:11 to go in the period. Mackenzie Goodfellow and Kate Mabey assisted on the goal.
Medway tied it 1:13 later on a goal by Claire Flanagan with help from Ava Lewis.
The Falcons connected for the eventual game-winner less than two minutes into the second period as Cecilie Proctor knocked the puck in after a Lynsey Goodwin shot found its way into the crease.
Centre Wellington shut down Medway the rest of the way, withstanding pressure from the Cowboys in the final period, especially in the final minute.
Faith Mitchell picked up the win in net for the Falcons while Amy Schmit was solid in Medway’s net.
The win completed an unbeaten march through their league and playoffs. It was their 21st consecutive victory – 10 in District 10 league play, two in D10 playoffs, four in the CWOSSA tournament and five in the OFSAA tournament.
The victory also completed a sweep of the OFSAA girls’ hockey titles by CWOSSA teams as the St. David Celtics of Waterloo captured the A/AA title Thursday with a win over Lo Ellen Park of Sudbury in the final.
St. David’s win was the second by a CWOSSA school at the A/AA tournament as the Sacred Heart of Walkerton won the very first one in 2003 at Mississauga.
- Guelph Sports Journal