Friday, March 1, in a tightly contested final game in front of a packed De La Salle Arena, the U14 Boys hockey team bested the Nichol’s School 8-7 to capture this year’s CISAA U14 Hockey Championship.
Having defeated Appleby College 5-2 in the league semi-finals, the boys knew that their work was cut out for them when it was announced that their opponents in the finals would be the defending champion, Nichol’s School, the only team that they had lost to all season.
It was no cliché to say that the outcome of the game wasn’t certain until the final buzzer sounded. The teams traded goals from the first minute of the game until the very last. The score was actually tied 6-6 entering the final minute of play before Del scored the go-ahead goal and a quick empty-netter. Nichol’s showed why they were last year’s champions and continued to fight to the very end, even scoring a late goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock.
The championship win capped off a very successful campaign for a team that was only able to manage one tie last season; this year’s squad went 6-1 through the year and finished the regular season in first place. Coaches Byrne and Lue Tam wish all of the boys in Grade 8 the best of luck in high-school, and look forward to working with the strong core of returning players next year.
A big “thank you” goes out to all of the parents who survived the early morning practices and were always there to cheer us on; we couldn’t do it without you!
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