CASS Hockey NOSSA Run
The CASS Hockey team competed in the NOSSA ‘AAA’ Hockey Championships in Sault Ste Marie, on March 4th and 5th. 

CASS Hockey NOSSA Run
photo by Bob Davies Photography.

To begin the championship, the Huskies faced the Confederation Chargers from Sudbury.  This would be there 4th meeting with Confederation, after having played them at every tournament this season.  The two teams had a lot of history and bad blood that had built up over the previous three games, and game 4 was no different, with a slew of penalties for both teams throughout the game.

Special teams would end up being key for the Huskies.  Austin Mortimore opened up the scoring off a faceoff win by Kayne Mortimore less than 3 minutes into the game.  After Confederation tied it up, the Huskies went to work on the powerplay.  Scoring on the powerplay Mason Mortimore put the Huskies back in the lead with 7:56 remaining in the first.  On the powerplay again in the second period, A. Mortimore scored his second of the game, assisted by the Mortimore brothers.  Before the end of the second period, hard-working duo Nick Purnis and Spencer Osborne, connected for a short-handed goal by Osborne.  Confederation scored a late powerplay goal in the third to bring the final score to 4-2 in favour of the Huskies.  Player of the game went to goaltender Tyler Greco, who was outstanding in net with 21 saves. 

Next up, the Huskies faced the St. Mary’s Knights in the evening match-up on the 4th.  The Huskies were snake-bitten and could not find the back of the net all game, eventually losing 5-0.  Despite much back-and-forth action, the score was not indicative of the overall play of the game.  Player of the game went to Spencer Osborne.

With a 1-1 record after day one, the Huskies were set the face the Horizon Eagles, who also stood at 1-1 and had a better goals for and goals against differential, which meant that the Huskies were in a must-win situation in order to move on to the finals, since Horizon held the tie-breaker advantage.

CASS Hockey NOSSA Run
photo by Bob Davies Photography.

The Osborne-Purnis duo connected again on a beautiful back-door play with Osborne finishing the play to open the scoring with 2 minutes left in the first.  Horizon pushed back with 2 quick goals in the beginning of the second period. 

At the end of a 5-on-3 powerplay, K. Mortimore banged in a loose rebound to tie up the game at the end of the second period.  Mack Ableson and Greco drew the assists on the tying goal.

The third period was back and forth with both goaltenders standing on their heads to keep the game tied.  With the Huskies in a must-win situation, they pulled their goalie with 1:30 left in the game to try and gain an advantage with 6 skaters on the ice.  Horizon capitalized on a pair of turn-overs and scored a pair of empty-net goals for a 4-2 final.  Player of the game went to Mack Ableson.  The Horizon Eagles went on to defeat St. Mary’s 5-2 in the championship game.

Watch for details to come on the 4th Annual NSSSA Invitational Hockey Tournament, set for March 29th and 30th in Thessalon.  The CASS Hockey team will be hosting White Pines, Jeunnes-Nord, WC Eaket, Lively, and possibly more in this annual tournament.

Submitted by Nigel Good-Athletic Director
Central Algoma Secondary School

CASS Hockey NOSSA Run
photo by Bob Davies Photography.