The OPP hockey team, the Badgers as they are known, skated to an 11-5 victory over the Glengarry DHS Gaels, in an exhibition game held December 16 at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria.
The cops lived up to their moniker, badgering the teens throughout the contest. For the Gaels, this game was their first (and likely only) hockey action this winter, as the school didn’t enter a team to compete in the high school league.
Coached by Ryan Winter and Brian Caddell, the Gaels hadn’t even had time for practice as a group, but the boys nevertheless iced a determined effort. Goaltender Nathan Noel got into the seasonal spirit, donning a Santa hat. His counterpart at the other end of the ice, Luc Sarao, was solid between the pipes for the OPP.
Ethan Attridge scored twice on Sarao, notching the boys’ first and second goals of the match, both on penalty shots. Also scoring for GDHS were John Caddell, Seamus Hardy, and Alexim Veilleux.
The Badgers were coached by Simon Hardy.
This friendly game is an annual event for the police and Gaels boys, with students and teachers from the school filling the stands to take in the action.
The students and staff from Glengarry District High School are slated to take in some hockey action on Monday, as the Gaels boys hockey team will play members of the Ontario Provincial Police, starting at 1 p.m.
The December 16 game at the Glengarry Sports Palace is an exhibition contest for the Gaels boys, as the school hasn’t iced a hockey team to compete in league play this year.
This is typically an annual event for the kids and the police, providing entertainment for all.
Ryan Winter will stand in as coach for the Gaels boys.
The school’s girls hockey team, under the guidance of Glen Campbell, is scheduled to compete Monday at an SDGAA league tournament in Finch.
The OPP are scheduled to ice a hockey team Monday that will take on the boys squad from Char-Lan District High School, all for a good cause: the Julie MacLachlan Foundation.
The fundraiser will take over the arena at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, starting at 2:15 p.m., and most students from the high and intermediate schools across the road are expected to be on hand to cheer on the action.
The boys are coming off a pair of wins at their first league tournament of the season, and I will have that story in The Glengarry News this week.