CASS Hockey Returns from North Bay

CASS Hockey Returns from North Bay
The CASS Hockey team traveled to North Bay for the 40th Annual NDA Hockey Tournament December 6th to 8th.
To kick off the tournament, the Huskies faced off against the Manitoulin Mustangs.  With a slow start, and only 7 shots in the first two periods, the team found themselves down 1-0 going into the 3rd period.  The Huskies turned it up in the third, tying the game with 8 minutes left, on a goal by Caden King, assisted by Nick Purnis and Mike Shaw on the powerplay.  Three minutes later, Isaac Wildman scored the game winner, assisted by Purnis and Tyrel Smith, for a 2-1 final victory.  Shaymus Gregory made 26 saves in the win. 

The second game of the tournament saw the Huskies square off against L’Horizon from Sudbury, a top ranked team in the SDSSAA loop.  L’Horizon lived up to their expectations and threw everything they had at the Huskies and goaltender Tyler Greco.  The Huskies weathered the storm and held them off the scoresheet for a 30 save shutout, finishing with a big 3-0 victory.  The Huskies received timely goals from Purnis, Kayne Mortimore and Mack Ableson.  Picking up assists on the goals were Smith, Wildman, King, Wilson Moore, Austin Mortimore, and Greg Hardy.

CASS’ third round robin game of the tournament was against the St. Benedict Bears from Sudbury.  The Huskies started on the offence early and finished strong with an 8 goal output.  With an 8-2 final score, Gregory had 21 saves in the victory.  A highlight from the game was Greg Hardy scoring his first career high school goal, albeit with a brand new wooden stick too!  Contributing to the offense were; Mason, Kayne and Austin Mortimore each with 2 goals and 2 assists, Purnis and Hardy with singles, King with 3 assists, and single assists by Cole Ouimette, Greg Goodmurphy, Mike Shaw and Wilson Moore.  This put the Huskies at a 3-0 record at the conclusion of the round robin.

Next up, in the quarter-finals, the Huskies drew the Widdifield Wildcats from North Bay for their opponent.  The Wildcats opened the scoring early, 3 minutes into the game on the powerplay, but not to be outdone, the Huskies responded 17 seconds later to tie it up on a goal by King, assisted by Kayne Mortimore.  Before the conclusion of the first period Kayne Mortimore gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead, assisted by Showan and Ethan Cooke.  The Wildcats evened it up in the second period to make it a 2-2 game heading into the third period.  On the powerplay, 3 minutes into the third period, Kayne Mortimore put the Huskies ahead for good, assisted by Ableson and King.  Greco stood tall once again to make 26 saves for the win.  The victory set up a semi-final rematch against the Confederation Chargers from Sudbury.  In November, the Huskies fell to the Chargers 4-3 in the Semi-final in the Sudbury tournament.

The semi-final match-up against the Chargers did not disappoint as it was a tight, competitive match-up all game with chances being traded at both ends.  The Huskies broke a scoreless tie with 2:20 left in the first on a goal from Kayne Mortimore, assisted by Shaw and Mike Clark.  On the next shift, a poorly time penalty by the Huskies gave the Chargers a powerplay, which they did not let go to waste, tying the game 30 seconds later.  In the second period, the Chargers took the lead with 4 minutes left in the period.  Down a goal in the third, the Huskies came out flying and with an unassisted goal by Kayne Mortimore, his second of the game, on the powerplay, the game was tied once again with 4 minutes left to go in the game.  Unable to capitalize on another powerplay, and unable to clear the puck late, the Chargers were able to score the game winner on an unfortunate deflection and bounce off an errant stick in front of the net with 17.6 seconds left.   Final shots were 23-22 for the Huskies, and Greco made 19 saves in the loss.  The Chargers went on to defeat the Algonquin Barons in the finals, 6-3.

  Submitted by Nigel Good Athletic Director Central Algoma Secondary School