Green Eagles finish strong ahead of league shutdown
Photo by Sean Allen, Brant News
SJC Green Eagles forward Tyler Nagy absorbs a body check from ACS Lions defenceman Austin Elkin during a boys hockey game at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on Thursday.
If the Brant boys high school hockey league does not resume again this season, the St. John's College Green Eagles can rest assured they showed they were a contender.
With a 4-1 victory over the Assumption College Lions on Thursday at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, the Green Eagles cemented themselves in second place in the standings.
All six teams played four games before play was suspended this week due to a public school teachers' boycott of extracurricular activities.
"With the whole strike thing going on with the public board we wanted to work hard and make our last official game a win," said Grade 12 St. John's player Brent Smolarz.
The Green Eagles fell behind in the first period when Colin Montour received a pass at the blue line and wired a shot into the back of the St. John's goal to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
The Green Eagles tied the game with seven minutes left in the second period, when Smolarz fired a slap shot at the net that deflected onto the stick of Alex Krug, giving him a wide-open net to make it 1-1.
St. John's took the lead with just under three minutes left in the second when Alex Fediurek scored. Smolarz, again, had the assist.
The Green Eagles protected the lead and added a pair of insurance goals from Tyler Nagy and Anthony Cappucci during the final minute of the third period to make the final score 4-1.
"We played pretty strong," Smolarz said. "The last two games we got behind in penalties, but we worked hard on our discipline, didn't get any penalties and took advantage."
Because St. John's and Assumption are Catholic schools, their teachers are not part of the extracurricular boycott and will still be available to coach.
Smolarz said his coach is already talking about finding the Green Eagles some exhibition games and using the ice time they already have booked for practices.
In the other final game on Thursday, the Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs put a stamp on their season by finishing with an 8-0 win over the Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds.
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