Ross Royals grab second for themselves

GUELPH – The Ross Royals went on the offensive Thursday to wrap up the 2018 portion of their District 10 high school girls’ hockey season with a 3-1 victory over the Centennial Spartans.

“That win kind of solidifies the progress we made last year and it kind of shows that we’re still a solid team, we’re building and we have a good chance of winning D10 again this year,” Ross captain Claire Kelterborn said.

The result broke a tie for second place as the Royals are the runners-up at 5-2-0-0 and Centennial is third at 4-4-0-0.

The Centre Wellington Falcons have clinched a first-place finish as they’re a perfect eight wins in eight outings. Ross can tie in points, but will lose the tie-breaker as the Falcons won both regular-season meetings between the teams.

“Essentially Centre Wellington is an amazing team, but I think we are capable of sticking with them,” Kelterborn said. “In our last game we played (them), it was 0-0 for two periods. It was just that last period that they were able to pop a few goals in. I think we just need to bring it for the whole game and keep them tight and then hopefully it’ll just come down to who can score.”

Thursday, the Royals scored a single goal in each period and had the puck in Centennial’s end for the majority of the game. The Spartan defence had a strong outing as for the most part they kept the Royals on the perimeter and away from the rebounds.

“They had a strong set of D, but our forwards just used their speed,” Kelterborn said. “We’ve got a lot of fast girls and they were able to make some breakdowns in the other team’s defensive end and we were able to capitalize on them.”

Keegan Camp opened the scoring for Ross early in the first period with help from Emily Knight.

The Spartans tied it when Amy Coppolino fought off a check to fire the puck home with just over six minutes to go in the second. Kaitlin Reimer picked up an assist on the play.

Ross shot ahead for good with just less than two and a half minutes to go in the second when Olivia Sarabura connected on an unassisted effort.

Sarabura also scored early in the third and Kelterborn had the assist.

Ross will have three games left on their regular-season schedule – two against the Lourdes Crusaders and one more against the Spartans. They’ll play two of those matches before the break for exams and the other one in the week of league play prior to the playoffs.

Handling the breaks will be a key to any team’s success.

“Flow wise it is a little difficult, especially when you’re not playing with the girls on a regular basis,” Kelterborn said. “It is nice to have a little bit of a break from hockey, though, as you are playing a lot throughout the season. We’ll be practising a lot so we’ll get back to each other.”

And many of the players in the high school league also play rep hockey and that means they’re not about to lose their hockey legs during either break.

“This isn’t their only source of hockey,” Kelterborn said.

 

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