Ross Royals open their season with shutout victory
GUELPH – A pair of goals in the second period sparked the Ross Royals to a 3-0 victory over the Centennial Spartans in the District 10 high school girls’ hockey season opener for both teams.
The other goal for the Royals came in the first period.
“We really came together as a team even though it was just our first (game),” Ross captain Olivia Sarabura said. “Moving forward, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing. This is a really good show.”
Dylan Meredith had two of the goals for the Royals while Alexandra Elmsley had the other one. Assists went to Sarabura, Avery Lomax, Taylor Doyle and Carolina Rossl.
Sarah Walker was credited with the shutout.
The Royals were league finalists last season when they only team they lost to was the eventual OFSAA provincial AAA girls’ champion Centre Wellington Falcons. However, Ross had a fairly veteran squad on the ice last year and that’s not the case this season.
“It’s kind of the opposite of last year,” Sarabura said. “Last year we had a lot of older girls and a lot of them are graduated now so our team this year is pretty young. But you cannot tell. When I was playing, it was just like the team last year on the ice. Everyone is here to work hard and have fun and I think we’re going to do pretty well with that.”
A return to the D10 final is, of course, the first thing on the list of accomplishments the Royals want to attain this season.
“Our goal is to go to the D10 final again and put up another big fight,” Sarabura said. “We just need to work on just bonding a bit more as a team and work on our passing and our plays. Centre Wellington’s really good at moving the puck and they have a lot of skilful players so we have to learn to go against girls like that.”
Although it’s early in the season, the Falcons and Royals are the only unbeaten teams in the seven-team league. Centre Wellington has won both of its games. Bishop Macdonell Celtics are 1-2-0 while the Guelph CVI Green Gaels and St. James Lions are both at 0-1-1 following a tie Thursday. Lourdes Crusaders and Centennial have both lost the only game they’ve played so far.
League play resumes with three games Monday. Lourdes and GCVI are to play a doubleheader at Exhibition arena with the first game slated for 10 a.m. and the second one for 2 p.m. Bishop Mac and Centennial are to battle at Centennial arena at 3 p.m.
Guelph CVI 2 St. James 2
Jillian Anderson and Damara Marshall had a goal apiece for GCVI.
St. James received goals from Kayla Beaver and Faith McKillop.
- Guelph Sports Journal