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SWOSSAA Boys Hockey Final
Northern vs Windsor Villanova
March 10, 2009
by Kyle MacKinnon
"It's hard to win games from the box," Northern Vikings head coach Chris Edgar said after his team fell in the SWOSSAA championship to Villanova yesterday 4-1.
The Vikings took 19 minor penalties to Villanova's 14 in a chippy affair. "I thought we let our emotions get the best of us," Edgar said.
"I think we were prepared to play with them. I think we were even better 5-on-5. But we didn't play 5-on-five that much."

Three of Villanova's four goals (the fourth into an empty net) were scored on the powerplay.

Both teams came out flying in the first period.

VIllanova (who were cheered on by 75 fans who took a school bus from Windsor for the game) seemed to throw the Vikings off their game early. The score remained 0-0 through the first period thanks to the play of Northern Tender Chris Clark.

"He is the type of player you never want to graduate," Edgar said. "He has always been something I never had to worry about."
Nova opened the scoring on a controversial goal. The puck bounced off the boards right onto Nova's Tyler Pope's stick.
He fired it into the open net. Problem was the net was off at the time of the goal.

According to Edgar he didn't see the net off and the referee told him that none of the officials saw it off before the goal went in.  Nova's second goal was a seeing-eye shot that made its way through a screen beating Clark.

Northern responded early in the third went Brent Sauve pounded in a pass from Colin Epps and Tyler Annett.

But then Northern's penalty problems kicked in. The Vikings played a majority of the third in the penalty box. In fact, Northern took eight penalties in the final frame.

Nova scored four minutes into the third and never looked back. They sealed their trip to OFSAA with an empty net goal.

One thing that Edgar said after the game was the way that the Northern fans supported their team in a positive manner.
"We knew we had problems last week (referring to altercations in the stands during the SWOSSAA semi-final game again Chatham-Kent)," Edgar said. "I think our fans handle themselves in a respectfully manner."
He then hinted that the Nova fans didn't.

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