Mustang boys end season ranked third in the district

The 2014-2015 Manitoulin Mustangs.

MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Secondary School Mustangs boys’ hockey team finished their season in Sudbury last Thursday night, losing a best-of-three semi-final to worthy adversaries Notre Dame in the Sudbury District series.

Manitoulin had beaten Notre Dame in game one in Sudbury, losing game two in Little Current and then again fell to the “Notre Dame Boys” in game three back in Sudbury.

“In game three we just had a really bad start,” said coach Brad Bond, who noted that Notre Dame scored 14 seconds into the first period. “They got up to 2-0 and Jacob Moreau made it 2-1 early in the second.”

Justice Corbiere notched another Mustang goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough and Notre Game took the game by a score of 6-2.

“We stayed out of the penalty box and kept pressing, but they just came ready to play.” The final tally of shot on net was 34-28 in the Mustangs’ favour.

“Their goalie was amazing,” Mr. Bond praised the Notre Dame netminder. “He was chosen as the All Star goalie in the league and it is well deserved—he made some amazing saves.”

In the championship Sudbury District series, Notre Dame is now battling St. Charles and has won their first game 4-3. Mr. Bond said he spoke to the St. Charles coach the day following the first match who was also blown away by the talents of the Notre Dame goalie.

Being third overall of 11 teams is still something to crow about and Mr. Bond is proud of his team and already looking forward to next year.

The coach said he is hoping for the return of many of his players and has his eye on other Island players who may be looking to return to Manitoulin hockey. After a break, the coaches will be hitting the ice for an April skate to seek out potential Mustangs for next season’s squad.

“I see NOSSA (Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics), OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) as a real possibility,” he said. “I’m already excited about next year. If we get all the guys back plus more, I don’t think there will be a team that can touch us next year.”

“We now realize the support we get from the Island,” the coach added, noting that a Tuesday afternoon game would still see a crowd 300 strong. “I hope that some of these guys come back, play for their school, play for Manitoulin.”

Mr. Bond thanked the Mustangs for being a pleasure to coach, adding that there was never an issue with his team.