The championship game for the OFSAA women’s high school hockey was full of excitement Friday morning in Belleville.
Hometown favorite Hanna Bunton scored for St Theresa’s within the first thirty seconds of the 1st period. St Theresa’s would find the back of the net four more times to beat the visiting Appleby school from Oakville. She said the first goal really motivated the team.
“I think it really got our team going, we never had to play down which was really good”
After two years of losing at the OFSAA finals, Bunton said this year it felt good to win.
“We worked really hard all season, it’s just very satisfying to finally win” Bunton said.
History seemed to repeat itself. It was this time last year these two teams faced off in the final match up, but Appleby won that game 2-0.
Emily Jukosky is in grade 9 at St Theresa’s. While she is no stranger to hockey, paying since she was six years old, he first year as a Titan has been rewarding.
“I’ve played with most of these girls before, but it’s a different experience playing for the school, I think you’re closer with the team” Jukosky said.
Fans of all ages packed into the newly renovated Quinte Sport and Wellness Centre. Students from St Theresa’s walked across the parking lot to take in the action and cheer on their girls.
Amelia Waugh’s time between the pipes on Friday was her last with her high school team.
In her graduating year, Waugh can add another OFSAA medal to her collection. Waugh has won two silver medals in previous years.
She said when playing between the pipes can be stressful but she knows her team will have her back.
“It’s stressful but not with the team I have in front of me, I trust them” Waugh said.
Sarah Steel had the lone goal for Appleby College while Laura Horwood, Ebony Walsh, Alex Moore and Cassidy Vinkle scored for the Titans in the final two periods. Krystal Gogarty had the assists.
Appleby goaltender Daniela Paniccia said their loss was tough.
“Not feeling good, but we knew we were the underdog going into it” Paniccia said.
The final score of Friday’s championship game was 5-1