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Northern Vikings Take First LKSSAA Hockey Title
FEBRUARY 26, 2015


 

The Northern Vikings competed in their 9th consecutive high school hockey final on Thursday night at the Clearwater Arena before a packed house. 
 


Previously in LSSAA before the amalgamation to LKSSAA  the Vikings won the Lambton Cup four times in their eight year run and on Thursday they added win number five taking the first LKSSAA title with a final score of 4-2 over St. Pat's.

 

Also Thursday's night game was a rematch of 2013-14 when Northern won with the same score of 4 - 2 and both games ending with the final goal scored into the empty net.

 

Heading into the final the two teams met twice with Northern defeating St. Pats 4 - 1 in their first meeting and in the second both sides were even with a final 3 - 3.  Northern was ranked #1 in the standings in the regular season with a record of 4-0-2, St. Pats was second with a record of
3-1-2.

 

 

In the 2014-15 final Northern scored the first goal with :50 seconds remaining in the first period with Cameron Rannie scoring unassisted after taking the shot from the slot.  Second goal of the game came in the first minute of play in the second by Jason Braun assisted by Max Steeves. At 3:13 Blain Adams recorded goal #3 for Northern with Kevin Durco and Mike Pearce earning the assist.

 

"We were lucky enough to get an early lead," Northern Head Coach Joe Bronzi said "They came back and made it exciting during the third period." 

 

St. Pat's never let up and fought back in the third and scored 2 goals the first at 8:56 by Jared Pageau from Christian Lyle and with 1:08 remaining Josh Barraclough narrowed the gap with Connor Coopman and Ryan Greenaway earning the assist.

 

As like last year's final St. Pat's pulled their goalie and Northern secured the win after a scramble in front of the net and Max Steeves scored with :17 seconds remaining and Dillon Saunders picking up the assist.

 

 

"It was a well played games from both ends." Bronzi said "Our goalie Chaska (Thiel) made some great saves for us and kept us in the game. They were hard on the puck we were a little bit soft in the third period. They were relentless but we were able to sustain a victory.  Both our teams played very well, it was a very well fought game."

 

 

Blake Morrison head coach for St. Pat's was proud of his boys for their performance.
 

"It was another great game," Morrison said "They just had that extra in the first period that put put them over the top.  I'm really proud of my boys they came on and never quit and made it a heck of a game at the end."

 


Northern plays in the SWOSSA final on Tuesday at 3pm at Clearwater arena against Villanova high school of Windsor.

In the AA game it was a similar close game - with Lambton-Kent High School defeating LCCVI by a score of 2-1.

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