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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Chargers settle for silver in North Bay, then battle the Cards
by Randy Pascal

A second tournament in as many weekends would produce some memorable results for the Confederation Chargers boys hockey team, earning silver medals at the 44th Annual NDA High School Tournament in North Bay last weekend.

The Chargers carried a record of 4-0-1 into the championship final before they were doubled 4-2 by the Chippewa Raiders, as a total of 12 teams representing Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste Marie, Espanola and Manitoulin Island gathered for the event.

Kyle Preseau and Ethan Boyd accounted for the Confederation goals in the gold medal affair, after the Valley lads downed the Lo-Ellen Park Knights 6-2 in their semi-final matchup.

Lucas Sprack paced the winners with a two goal effort, joined on the scoresheet by teammates Braeden Boissoneau, Aidan Chmielak, Mason Blinn and Ethan Boyd, with Owen Coles and Anton Niemi-Fielding replying in a losing cause.

The Chargers remained in the hunt Friday night following a 2-1 quarter-final win over the St Joseph Scollard Hall Bears, with Preseau and Boissoneau pulling the trigger for Confed.

Ironically, Lo-Ellen adanced by virtue of exactly the same score as goals from Burke Speck and Parker Anderson pushed the Knights past the Central Algoma Huskies, as Nate Askew spoiled the shutout bid of netminder Jacob Bartolucci, otherwise outstanding between the pipes.

The St Benedict Bears made it three of the final four from SDSSAA, blasting the Algonquin Barons 7-1 before being felled 3-1 by Chippewa. A hat trick from Ben Bostrom was all the Bears would need in their quarter-final triumph, though Dexter Mansfield, Waylon Naponse, Kyle Heightington and Jordan Pincivero would also find the back of the net for head coach J.D. Eaton.

League action resumed on Monday as the St Charles College Cardinals withstood a very physical challenge from Confederation, improving to 7-0 in league play with a 4-2 win in a penalty filled affair.

Veteran defenceman Tanner Webkamigad scored twice on the power play, with Spencer Lavallee adding another with the man advantage and Tayler Bedard opening the scoring less than two minutes in. The Cards leave today for Niagara Falls, taking part in the Father Leo McNamara Tournament over the course of the next few days.

Ryan Fournier and Landon Thomson countered for Confederation, whose record dropped to 4-2, good for a second place tie with the undefeated Horizon Aigles (4-0).

The back-end of the double-header featured a 25-save shutout performance from Jacob Bartolucci, as Lo-Ellen stopped their south end counterparts, recording a 4-0 win over the Lockerby Vikings.

Parker Anderson showed the way, offensively, for the Knights, finishing with two goals and an assist, with Jake Bennett and Owen Coles also hitting the mark for coach Mike Spourdalakis.

A pair of Wednesday encounters have been cancelled, with buses no running for the North Shore schools, as play resumes Thursday when St Benedict plays host to the Lasalle Lancers, and Lo-Ellen and Horizon meet up at the Gerry McCrory Sports Complex at 6:30 p.m.

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