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OFSAA ROUNDUP: Frontenac close to medal round at boys hockey tournament

Posted: March 11th, 2015 @ 1:46am

Frontenac Falcons can assure themselves of a place in the medal round at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys hockey championship with a victory in their final preliminary game Wednesday morning in St. Catharines.

The Falcons, the last remaining unbeaten team in their pool, defeated Brother Andre of Markham 3-1 Tuesday in their only game, improving to 1-0-1 after two days of the four-team tournament.

Frontenac will meet Denis Morris, 0-1-1, of St. Catharines at 10:15.

Brother Andre ended Tuesday’s play at 1-1, while Medway of Arva has tied both of its games.

The top two teams in each of four pools will advance into quarter-final play Wednesday in Port Colborne.

At the girls championship tournament in Ottawa, the Holy Cross Crusaders bowed from contention after they split their two Tuesday games, defeating St. Marcellinus 3-2—the Mississauga school’s only preliminary-round loss—before they dropped a 3-2 decision to Elmira.

St. Marcellinus and Elmira advanced out of the pool, each with a 3-1 record in round-robin play. Holy Cross finished 2-2, in games that were all decided by a single goal.

Frontenac Falcons headed home from Windsor with nothing to show for three games at the boys triple-A basketball tournament. After dropping their first game Monday, the Falcons were eliminated from medal contention Tuesday by a 77-51 loss to Hamilton Cathedral, the tournament’s No. 5 seed. In the opening round of consolation play, Frontenac was then beaten 75-55 by Clarington Central.

Against Cathedral, the Falcons narrowed a first-quarter deficit to just four points, 36-32, by halftime but they were outscored 20-9 in the third quarter and gave up 21 more points in the fourth. Carter Matheson led Frontenac with 21 points, while Jorge Leito scored 23 for Cathedral.

The Falcons scored just three points in the first quarter against Clarington, and they trailed 36-14 at halftime. Matheson again led Frontenac, this time with 16 points.

Two of the teams that defeated Frontenac—Saltfleet and Cathedral—remain in championship contention. Saltfleet, the tournament’s defending champion and second-seeded team, will face No. 3 West Humber in one semifinal Saturday, while top-ranked Windsor Catholic Central will play Cathedral.

In the double-A tournament in Ottawa, the Sydenham Golden Eagles responded to their ouster from medal-round contention Tuesday morning with a 64-54 win over Welland Centennial Tuesday night in a consolation quarter-final.

As in their morning loss to Guelph Bishop Macdonell, the Eagles fell behind early, 8-2, but they rallied with a 24-point second quarter to take a 32-17 lead into the second half. Sydenham then scored the first eight points of the third quarter, and led by as many as 23 at one point, before Centennial staged a comeback.

A 17-3 run enabled the Cougars to pull within five points, 53-48, with a little more than two minutes to play, but Steve Kennedy hit back-to-back baskets to restore Sydenham’s lead to nine points as the game ticked into the final minute, and the Eagles were able to close out the victory.

Kennedy, with 21 points, and Ben Lusk, with 16, led Sydenham. Alex Elliott scored 18 points for Centennial, 13 of them in the second half.

Sydenham will play a consolation semifinal against Ottawa St. Paul Wednesday at noon. The Eagles, who began the tournament as its eighth-seeded team, are 2-1 going into the game; St. Paul, the No. 12 seed, lost its first two games before beating winless Timmins in its consolation quarter-final.

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers finished their preliminary round at the girls AAA volleyball tournament in Ingersoll with a 2-1 victory over winless Father Redmond of Toronto (25-15, 18-25, 15-13). Regi, 1-2 in the round-robin, then won its consolation quarter-final, 3-0 over Peterborough St. Peter.

The Panthers have advanced to the consolation semifinals Wednesday.

After winning its first two matches at the AA championship Monday in Dryden, Sydenham dropped its final round-robin match 2-0 to North Bay Widdifield (25-19, 25-9) Tuesday morning and then was eliminated from the championship round by a 3-1 loss to Eden of St. Catharines in the quarter-finals, 28-26, 21-25, 25-9, 25-14.

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