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Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019
Cards and Gators play to a 2-2 tie
by Randy Pascal

Sure, the rust of a two and a half week layoff between games might have been evident, but that didn't diminish the intensity of the matchups that marked the launch of the second half of the SDSSAA boys hockey schedule on Monday.

A third period goal by Joe Guzzo on a great centering pass from Riley Bridge pulled the St Charles College Cardinals even, as the defending champs and the Bishop Carter Gators played to a 2-2 draw Monday night at the Carmichael Arena.

Branden Poulin (BAC) and Adam Szalai (SCC) traded goals in rapid succession in the opening frame, before Blake Cornthwaite netted the go-ahead goal for the Gators, a tally that looked to stand as the game-winning goal for the longest of times.

St Charles outshot Bishop Carter 29-24, with both Dylan Fedorowicz of the Gators, and the Cardinals' Riley Ouellette making key saves at opportune moments.

The tie allowed St Charles to remain three points ahead of Bishop Carter, with SCC holding down third place with a record of 8-2-1 (17), and BAC right behind them at 6-3-2 (14). Meanwhile, the Horizon Aigles rode a two-goal performance from Caleb Rainville to a 4-1 win over the Lo-Ellen Park Knights, allowing the Valley school to slide into sole possession of first place in league standings.

Andrew Demers and Benjamin Lacroix rounded out the scoring for the winners, who improved to 10-1 and sit two points up on the idle Confederation Chargers (9-1).

Josh Boucher replied with the only goal in a losing cause for the Knights, who fell to 6-4-1 (13) with the setback, just ahead of the St Benedict Bears at 5-5-0.

With the top division playing host to six teams this year, the battle for the top two placements takes on added importance, as the teams grouped into the #3 to #6 slots will face a single game quarter final elimination encounter, with the two winners moving on to the best of three semi-final series.

With no league games scheduled for their team until next Monday, the St Charles College Cardinals are taking advantage of the break, attending the St Peter's Classi High School Hockey Tournament in Peterborough this week.

Play on Wednesday would see the Cards edge Father Leo J Austin Catholic Secondary School (Whitby) 3-2 in overtime, drop a 5-0 decision to St Mary's from Hamilton, and rebound with a 3-1 win over Holy Cross from Strathroy.

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