divdfk · 2021-03-11

City schools battle at OFSAA

Facing tough competition this week at the OFSAA (Ontario) Girls’ Secondary School Hockey Championships this week, the three Orillia schools had a tough time posting wins.

But they still basked in the glow of participating in a provincial championship in their own hometown.

Play began Monday with 32 teams from across Ontario taking part in A-AA and AAA-AAAA Division tournament games at the Rama MASK, Brian Orser Arena and the Coldwater and District Community Centre.

“There have been no problems and we have received some very good feedback from the visiting teams,” said tournament chairman Murray Eckstein, speaking with Orillia Today on Wednesday morning.

The Patrick Fogarty Flames, Twin Lakes Thunderbirds and Park Street Trojans all hit the ice for the opening three games of the tournament.

In an all-Orillia battle Wednesday morning, Patrick Fogarty picked up three goals from Danielle Jeffreys in an 8-3 win over Park Street.

Michelle Donoghue added two goals and two assists, as did Laura Kennedy. Cleo Duffy added a single goal.

Brittany Yoisten, Adrienne Robinson and Carley Gill tallied single goals for the Trojans.

During a jam-packed week, Eckstein said visiting teams have enjoyed the activities at the 2009 OFSAA finals.

“Many of the teams said the opening ceremonies we had at the Rama MASK were the best they have ever attended,” he said.

Eckstein said teams were especially excited about the skills competition and the addition of a consolation round to tournament action.

“Those two items were received warmly. With teams like Windsor it wasn’t just a matter of driving all that way to Orillia to play three games and then go home. The players had a chance to participate in the Skills Competition and also maybe get in an extra game in the consolation round,” he said.

In between looking after numerous tournament details, Eckstein said he has enjoyed watching the calibre of hockey on display this week.

“There is a lot of great talent out there,” he said.

In their opening game Park Street lost 7-0 to St. Clair Secondary School, while Patrick Fogarty lost 5-3 to Courtice Secondary School. Jeffreys collected two goals and one assist for the Flames, while Donoghue added a single goal.

Kayla Lacroix, Lindsay Shoniker and Taylor Brown added assists in a losing cause.

Patrick Fogarty also went down to defeat 3-2 to Dryden High School with Jessica Hierons and Donoghue collecting one goal each. Carly Heitzner and Brown added assists. Dryden held a 2-1 lead after one period and extended their margin to 3-1 after two periods.

But the Fogarty Flames rebounded to post a narrow 2-1 win over Bishop MacDonell of Guelph, led by single goals from Donoghue and Jeffreys. Myriah Kay collected two assists, with singles to Kayla Lacroix and Krista Catania.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie after the second period, before the Flames noted the winning marker in the final period.

Park Street later ran into an potent College Notre-Dame squad and lost by a 9-1 score, Haylee Lawlor scored the lone Trojans goal, while Sarah Conway and Carley Gill added assists. Notre Dame led 3-1 after one period and extended their lead to 7-1 after the second period.

The Trojans also lost to Lester B. Pearson of Burlington by a 4-2 score. Haylee Lawlor and Madison Finlay tallied single goals in a losing cause, while Gill added two assists. Janette Conway added a single assist.

In AAA-AAAA Division action, the Twin Lakes Thunderbirds lost 2-0 to Birchmont Park Secondary School from Burlington, also losing later to Our Lady of Mount Carmal (Mississauga) by a 5-0 score.

Action at the finals continues until March 27 at all three area arenas, with AAA-AAAA Division teams taking to the ice Thursday and Friday.