HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY ALL-STAR GAMES FEATURE SPEED, SKILL
Two words emerged from the Senior boys' and Open girls' high school hockey All-Star Games hosted Tuesday evening at the Countryside Arena: fast and fun, as the North and South Conferences traded victories among the two games played.
In the girls' game, their first ever all-star effort, the South, represented by Lo-Ellen Park, Lockerby, Manitoulin, Marymount, St Benedict and Lasalle, prevailed over the North, represented by Champlain, Notre Dame, L'Horizon, Confederation, St Charles and Macdonald Cartier, by a final score of 7-4.
The Knights' Sarah Johnston was a star among starts in this game, notching four goals and adding one helper for the South, and collecting the game's first star honours. Teammate and sister Rebecca Johnston scored twice and added one assist, while Mantioulin's Kristin Bickell added a single.
Lasalle Lancer forward Jodi Thompson and College Notre Dame Jenelle Marier were also recognized as the number two and three stars of the game respectively.
The South led throughout this game, managing a 2-1 lead after the first period, and a 4-2 lead after two.
The South was coached by Lockerby's Peter Demarco, while the North coaching duties were carried out by Notre Dame's Shawn Vaillancourt and André Legault.
The boys' game was in stark contrast to last year's 9-1 final score, with the Northern Conference hanging on to win over the South by a final score of 5-4. The North led 2-1 after one and 5-4 after two in what proved to be the final score.
In this game, the North was represented by Chelmsford, St Charles, L'Horizon, Lasalle, Manitoulin and Confederation, while St Benedict, Lo-Ellen Park, Lockerby, Notre Dame and Lively represented the South.
Confederation Secondary School's Ryan Zimmerman scored twice for the North and added one assist and the second star of the game, while singles were added by Jason St Jean of St Charles, the game's third star, Matthew Luikko of L'Horizon and Craig McNabb of Lasalle on a penalty shot.
Goal scorers for the South were Kyle Gorman of Lively, Manitoulin's Glen Parkinson, Lockerby's Rob Seguin and the game's first start, Adam Kallio of Lo-Ellen Park.
Coaching duties for the boys were handled by Mike Fox of St Charles, and Sean Gray of Lively.
Honourable mentions go out to the goaltenders for both games, often cannon fodder during all-star games, for keeping the games close and foiling would be scorers time and time again. For the boys, the Southern trio of Kevin Rumley (Lively), Cameron Polowich (Lockerby) and Kyle Yli-Renko (Lo-Ellen) faced a total of 24 shots, while the North's duo of Christian Copp (Manitoulin) and Dave DiCarlantonio (St Charles), turned back 36 shots.
In the girls' game, goaltender duties for the South were shared by Jamie Tessier (Lockerby) and Jen Osborne (Manitoulin), who faced 22 shots, while the North's netminders were Julie Carriere (L'Horizon) and Josée Pelland (Notre Dame) who managed 16 shots.
Both leagues return to action today, with the Lockerby boys taking on Notre Dame at 3:30pm in the Carmichael Arena, while the St Charles girls meet St Benedict at 3:30pm at McClelland, and the Champlain girls facing Lasalle at 3:30pm in the Garson Arena.