Mustangs hockey playoff update
M’CHIGEENG—The Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustangs boys’ hockey tem dropped the opening game in their division 2 best of three series on Tuesday. The St. Benedicts’ Bears won the opener by a final score of 5-3 in Sudbury.
The Mustangs gave up the first goal but tied it a short time later on a nice shot to the top corner by Greg Doane. The score remained tied at 1-1 until, with seconds remaining in the second period, the Mustangs gave up a back breaker, making it 2-1 going into the third period.
Then, a quick St. Bens goal to start the third period made it 3-1. The Mustangs then had a goal that would have made it 3-2, but was disallowed.
Two third period goals by captain Parker Dickinson got the Mustangs closer, but in the end they were not able to complete the comeback.
Seniors Mason Pine and Alex Smith had strong games for the Mustangs. The Mustangs were set to play game two of the series on Wednesday at the Little Current Recreation Centre, but was postponed due to the storm.
Despite dominating their tie-breaker game against Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School on Tuesday, the MSS Mustangs girls’ team did not qualify for a spot in the B division finals.
“It was just typical of the way the girls have played all year,” said MSS coach Mike Meeker. “Our girls played really, really well, we out-played and outshot them badly, especially in the first and third periods. But we just couldn’t score enough to win (dropping the game 3-1).”
“Their (opponents) goalie was really good,” said Mr. Meeker. “Also, they have one girl on the team that is really good-she scored two goals and had an assist.”
“I was certainly not disappointed in the way we played,” stated Mr. Meeker. He noted the Mustangs defence and goalie Sophie Bondi, along with the forwards all played well in the game.
The two teams had split the first two games of the series, leading up to the third and final game this past Tuesday.