CASS Hockey Strong in Sudbury Tournament

CASS Hockey Strong in Sudbury Tournament
The CASS Hockey team participated in the 1st Annual Cardinal Classic high school hockey tournament on the weekend in Sudbury.  All together 11 teams, including 9 from Sudbury and one from North Bay were in the tournament, with the top 4 advancing to the semifinals after 4 round robin games.

The Huskies began the tournament against the host school, St. Charles and set the tone early with a 4-2 win.  Goals were scored by Caden King, with 2, Kayne Mortimore and Michael Shaw adding singles.  Mack Ableson contributed 2 assists, with King and Nick Purnis also picking up an assist.  Tyler Greco made 26 saves in the win.

Next action was against Scollard Hall from North Bay.  King led the way again with 2 goals.  Ableson and Austin Mortimore picked up a goal and an assist each, and Shaw rounded out the scoring.  Mason Mortimore had two assists as well in the 5-2 victory.  Shaymus Gregory had 16 saves in net.

On day 2 of the tournament, the Huskies third round robin game was against Lockerby, from Sudbury.  Kayne Mortimore scored 3 minutes into the game on the power play, assisted by Shaw.  The Huskies would hold this 1-0 lead for the rest of the game, securing the 1-0 shutout.  Greco made 11 saves in the shutout victory.

The last game of the round robin was against Espanola, and the Huskies were able to hold the Spartans off for a 4-3 victory, securing an undefeated round robin record, and the top seed going into the semi-finals.  Leading the way for CASS was Spencer Osborne with 2 goals, Kayne Mortimore with a goal and an assist and Ableson with 2 assists.  Isaac Wildman had the game winner.  King and Shaw also contributed an assist each.  Gregory made 17 saves to hold on for the win.

In the semi-finals, the Huskies faced Confederation from Sudbury, for an 8:30am match-up and they did not respond early.  With a slew of penalties in the first and second period, the Huskies found themselves in a 4-0 hole going into the third period.  The players did not back down and answered back in the third period with a gutsy effort to try and claw their way back.  Starting at the 10 minute mark, on the power play, Ableson rifled home a shot from the point, assisted by Shaw to get the Huskies on the board.  The score remained 4-1 for seven and a half minutes, until CASS found themselves on the power play again, and King found the back of the net himself, assisted by Purnis and Shaw.  A minute later, with 1:31 left on the clock, with Greco on the bench, Purnis tipped in a shot from Mason Mortimore to bring the game to one goal, at 4-3.  Despite furious efforts and multiple close chances in the final minute, the Huskies could not find the back of the net for a tying goal.  Greco made 30 saves in the loss. 

The Huskies will be back in action this Friday November 23rd in Thessalon at 7:30pm against the Superior Heights Steelhawks.

Submitted by Nigel Good-Athletic Director

Central Algoma Secondary School