BOYS HOCKEY - CHICAGO APRIL 23-25
The St. Christophers boys hockey
team concluded their highly
successful hockey season by winning
The Chicago Spring Classic Hockey
Tournament hosted in Chicago between
The team attended this season
concluding tournament and had an
absolutely fantastic experience in
Chicago. A lot of great
sight-seeing, (magnificent mile,
museum and aquarium visits), and
some great dining (deep dish Chicago
But it was the hockey that was by
far the best. In a terrific season
which saw the Cyclones advancing to
the OFSAA quarter finals, the team
travelled to Chicago to enjoy one
last team experience before some of
their senior team members graduate
and move on at the end of this
In the Chicago tournament, St.
Chris had 2 wins and 1 loss in round
robin play with their 4-0 game loss
occurring on the the day of the
teams Friday arrival in Chicago. It
was a 9:50pm game versus what turned
out to be their strongest
competition in the tournament.
The St. Chris round-robin record
allowed the team to advance to the
semi-final game on Sunday, which St.
Chris won by a score of 3-1.
The table was set for an
excellent Championship game with St.
Chris playing the Chicago team they
had lost to in round robin play.
The final game was truly a hockey
battle royale. The play was fast and
furious with each team exchanging
excellent scoring opportunities in
the first period, but both goalies
denied these offensive efforts.
Chicago managed to score two
early goals in the second period on
consecutive powerplays with an
extremely potent powerplay unit.
St. Chris answered late in the
second with a well executed
power-play goal of their own. The
score stood 2-1 for Chicago going
into the third.
Down 2-1, the Cyclones took a
minor penalty with 3:50 minutes
remaining in the game. St.
Christopher successfully killed the
penalty and with 1:35 left in the
game Chicago took a minor penalty
committed in the Chicago zone. With
the face-off in the Chicago zone,
St. Chris took a time-out, pulled
their goalie for the extra attacker
and lined up for an offensive
face-off 6 attackers to Chicago's 4.
St. Chris lost the draw, and the
Chicago defenceman who was killing a
penalty took his shot from the end
boards of the Chicago zone. The puck
travelled the length of the ice just
missing the Cyclone net by a few
inches. With the puck still in play,
the St. Chris players regrouped in
their zone, broke-out and and
re-established pressure in the
Chicago zone, and set it up for a
point shot by Cyclone defenceman
Harding fired a low, hard shot
along the ice that found the back of
the net to tie the game with 43
With St. Chris goalie Pat Brennan
back in net, St. Chris won the
ensuing face-off at center-ice. The
St. Chris puck carrier gained the
Chicago zone and took a shot on net
where Cyclone captain Pietro Restivo
managed to knock in the rebound with
10 seconds remaining in the game.
The Chicago team was stunned. In a
span of 1 minute & 25 seconds the
Chicago squad went from what
appeared to be a 2-1 championship
victory to a 3-2 loss.
It was a great accomplishment for
the Cyclones over a very worthy
opponent. Leading up to the
championship game, not only was the
Chicago team undefeated, they had
not given up a goal against until
facing the Cyclones in the