Ross skates by Centennial in return from exam break
GUELPH – The Ross Royals secured at least a second-place finish in the District 4/10 high school boys’ hockey league standings Monday as they returned from the exam break with a convincing 12-3 victory over the Centennial Spartans at the Victoria Road arena.
With the win the Royals become the first team in the league to complete their regular season. They sit first at 9-2-1, two points up on the Centre Wellington Falcons who have two games to play this week, the final week of the regular season.
Monday, Ross led 5-0 after the first period before the teams scored twice apiece in the second. Ross added its final five goals in the third period while Centennial scored the game’s final goal with 30 seconds to play.
A total of 14 players collected points in the game for the Royals. Liam Thompson had three goals and two assists while Mason Stewart also had a hat trick. Luke VanDam had two goals and an assist while Kaylan Lacompt also scored twice, Josh Davis had a goal and two assists and Isiah Misner scored the other goal. Logan Mitchell gathered three assists while Landon Mitchell and Ryan Contini had two apiece and Nathan Morrow, Alex Rossi, Owen Orpana, Kaiden Szabo and Nathan Guth had one each.
Nathan Fenske tallied twice for Centennial while Matthew Stam scored the other goal. Single assists were awarded to Tyler Chadwick, Andrew McMillan, Noah Burkhart, Wyatt McKenzie and Nathan Schlitt.
Centre Wellington stands at 8-1-1 while the Orangeville Bears are third at 8-3-0. They’re followed by the St. James Lions at 4-6-1, Centennial at 4-7-0, Bishop Macdonell Celtics at 3-5-0 with three games to play, Norwell Varsity Reds at 2-8-1 and the Erin Raiders at 2-7-0, with three games to play this week.
The regular season was originally scheduled to finish Tuesday, but postponements caused by weather conditions brought an extension of the season to next Monday due to the rescheduling of games.
Centre Wellington is to play at Erin Tuesday and at the Victoria Road arena against Bishop Mac next Monday.
Orangeville is to host St. James Tuesday while Bishop Mac is to play at Erin Wednesday and host Norwell at the Gryphon Centre Thursday, the same day Centennial is to host Erin.
The playoffs are to start next week with the quarter-finals.
- Guelph Sports Journal