On Wednesday, March 8th the boys varsity hockey team traveled to Cornwall to compete at the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (Eossaa) boys hockey championships. The team played three games in total, the third game being the finals. The first game was a 5-1 win over Saint Joes Cornwall. The boys had a bit of of a slow start, just trying to find their legs, but half way through the first period the boys settled in and got to work. One after the other, the team put up 5 and moved on to game two. In the second game the Jags played Embrun. Keeping their momentum from the first game the boys completely dominated the game, coming up with a 7-1 win. These two wins brought the team to the Eossaa finals against Lasalle from Kingston. Both teams played well but it came down to taking advantage of the opportunities given and Lasalle in the end capitalized on more of those opportunities. It was a 4-2 loss for the Jags but they had left it all out on the ice and they have no reason to hang their heads. It was a great experience and opportunity for these players and they hope to win their way back to Eossaa for another shot at the championship next year. Great job to all the players and coaches of this year’s Boys Varsity Hockey Team!
Yesterday Wednesday, March 1, students of St. Joesph High School and St. Thomas Elementary School went to St. Francis Xavier Church to participate in Ash Wednesday.
It was a great opportunity to see so many gather for the first day of lent. For those who did not get the opportunity to go to mass today with our school, try to come next time. It
really is a great experience and joining in during this time of lent is something you should not miss.
Some people fast for the whole period of Lent, some for a portion of lent, as a reflection of Jesus’s sacrifice in the Judean desert. The thing to be taken from this mass is that you do not need to give up something for the attention from others.
Also instead of giving up chocolate, fizzy drinks or chips, you can do as many others have, use Lent as a period of time to help others. Hundreds of people take part in the Lenten Positive Acts Challenge, as another way to show praise for God.
On Wednesday, March 1st, the boys varsity hockey team played in Arnprior at the county championship also known as the frozen four. The boys played OHS (Opeongo High School) in their first game of the day and won 3-0, goals scored by John Agnew, Jack Quinn and Tyler Blackburn. The win put the team in the finals against our cross town rivals RCI (Renfrew Collegiate Institute). The guys started off the game behind by one after a fast break two on one to end the first period. Mid second period the jags fought back with a goal by Jack Quinn to tie up the game. The Raiders were playing a very physical game up to that point where the momentum changed in the Jags favor. That finished off the scoring for the first two periods, then in the third the Jags came out flying. They added two more goals by Jared Burnette and Cohen Dunn to secure the win and claim the County Championship title. Honorable mention to the coaching staff, great work on leading these young men to victory. Good luck at EOSSA next Wednesday!
Mr. Ryan Mcintyre, the head coach for the varsity girls hockey team, had some input on this years varsity season for the Jags. “This years team was a young group of girls, where other teams had more older and experienced players. It was a rebuilding year for the Jags and going into this season we, as i
n the coaches, expected to develop skill and to just compete with the other schools. This was a huge success, the girls got better and better every time they stepped on the ice and had no trouble competing with the other schools.” Mcintyre was asked a few questions through this interview.
- What were some things the team did well?
“The team did very well at moving pucks out of their end and they never quit. They bought into the new culture of competing harder and being more focused. Their effort level was extremely high and couldn’t have been more positive. They did everything they were asked and that’s all a coach could ever ask for.”
- What are some improvements that could be made?
“We need to work on our offensive game. Like I said, we had no trouble competing, but lacked of goals. In the upcoming season we will work on this aspect of our game so we can create more scoring opportunities.”
- What was the atmosphere like on the bench?
“The atmosphere was very positive and competitive. The girls were focused and never put one another down. The girls were unselfish and always willing to stick up for each other. They played hard and had fun while doing it.”
- Can we expect a Championship in 4 or 5 years?
“This team will 100% compete for a championship in 4 or 5 years as there is much skill in these players and will only continue to get better each year. Their no-quit attitude and eagerness to improve will ensure a run for county champs in the upcoming years.”