Cards look impressive on day one at OFSAA
by Randy Pascal
The St Charles College Cardinals could not have picked a better time to showcase their best hockey of the year.
Led by the boundless energy of graduating senior Callum Roque, the Cards did not simply win their first two games at the OFSAA "A/AA" Boys
Hockey Championships Tuesday in Collingwood.
Outscoring their opponents 13-2, the traditional SDSSAA powerhouse served notice they should be ranked among the contenders, with two games remaining
in round robin play.
St Charles displayed little unecessary respect for the 6th seeded Nelson Lords from Burlington early today, riding a hat trick from Roque to a
6-1 win. Evan Lamarche, Bryceton Lalonde and Spencer Lavallee rounded out the scoring for the locals.
The team did not miss a beat in doubling their win total later in the day, trouncing the St Joseph's Jaguars from Renfrew 7-1 as defenceman
Tanner Webkamigad bulged the twine on three separate occasions.
Also getting in on the goal scoring parade were Tayler Bedard, Matthew Belanger, Lalonde and Roque, as the Cards jumped out to a 6-0 lead after
two periods of play.
"We are really playing well," noted Rob Zanatta, perhaps understating this obvious, just a touch. "We've been putting a lot of pressure on teams
with our forecheck. The goaltending has been good as well - both boys (Brody Davidson and Riley Ouellette) made some big saves today."
"The competiton will most definitely get tougher over the next couple of days." If Bryceton Lalonde was clearly the driving force for St Charles during
the SDSSAA playoffs and NOSSA playdowns, the team captain certainly has company at provincials.
"Callum Roque has been outstanding in both games," said Zanatta. "He is playing like a man possessed in his final year. He is a real leader on the ice
and on the bench."
The Cardinals close out preliminary round play with games on Wednesday at noon (vs Henry Street Hawks from Whitby) and Thursday morning at 8:30
a.m. (vs Iona Dolphins from Mississauga).