At the first-ever South Glengarry Showdown, hosted by the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels, girls hockey teams representing Char-Lan District High School and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School skated to a 1-1 tie, with both goals notched short-handed.
Opposing goaltenders – Reina Faubert for the Crusaders and Lauren McCready for the Falcons – were stellar.
Playing in front of an enthusiast throng of family members and students filling the stands, the girls on both teams iced a terrific show of high-tempo hockey, showcasing the high school game.
Through two periods of play, the contest was scoreless. Holy Trinity was first to crack the ice, when Annie Bacchiochi collected a short-handed rebound and tapped it home with 9 minutes remaining in the game.
On a Char-Lan penalty kill later, the Crusaders found themselves under pressure, as HT looked for the insurance. However, the girls escaped, advancing the puck. Tessa Ramsey capitalized in the offensive zone, wristing a shot over the goalie’s glove hand for the equalizer, with just 80 seconds left in the contest.
Holy Trinity, still on a power play, again pressed. The frantic play continued at even strength in the dying seconds, as Char-Lan was twice forced to ice the puck, affording the Falcons faceoffs in their offensive zone.
The final buzzer relieved the pressure, sealing the 1-1 draw. Following player handshakes, the girls from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice, saluting the fans in the stands.
For both teams, this was a playoff tune-up of sorts. Holy Trinity is the third-ranked team heading into the SDGAA post-season with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan sits fourth on 10 games played with a 2-7-1 record. For more background, please see this earlier post. Note, the playoff tournament date has been changed to March 4, starting at 8 a.m. in Long Sault.
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