By Laura Lennie, News Staff
The Saltfleet Storm girls hockey team has skated its way to 2013-14 Hamilton-Wentworth Interscholastic Athletic Council division one supremacy.
Saltfleet shut out the Ancaster Royals 3-0 to win the championship on Monday at Chedoke Twin Pad Arena. The Storm has won the final three times over the last four years.
Head coach Steve Cadogan said the team played “really well.”
“We have a couple of girls that are more skilled than a lot of the girls in this league, so that really helps. Our defence and goaltending was solid,” he said following the game. “I thought it would be closer because Ancaster is a really good team, just today wasn’t their best day. With bigger ice too, it’s harder for some of the girls to adjust.”
Rachel Smith netted all three goals for Saltfleet, scoring two in the first period and one in the second to secure the Storm’s win.
Cadogan said the game was a “little less stressful” than the team’s last few matches.
“Most of the games are a lot closer. It comes down to the last goal,” he said. “We got an early lead. Our goaltending was solid enough that they (Royals) couldn’t come back.”
Cadogan said Saltfleet’s overall team play is what made the difference in the win.
“The girls, when they want to, actually play a really good system – sometimes they get a little careless at times,” he laughed. “But I think they just did what they were supposed to. They kept it very simple.”
The Storm beat the fourth-place Westmount Wildcats 4-2 in the semifinals on Feb. 19 to earn their trip to the championship.
Saltfleet finished the regular season in first place – just one point ahead of Ancaster – with a 7-1 record.
The Storm will compete at the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association championships on Monday.
Cadogan said the team has yet to find out who they will face at the event.
“I think if we do the same thing we did today, we can be successful there,” he said. “You never know how things are going to go until you get there. If we play well, than we have as good a chance as anybody.”
The Saltfleet Storm boys hockey team defeated the Waterdown Warriors 3-2 in overtime in the division one semifinal on Monday. The team is facing off against the Sherwood Saints in the championship today (Wednesday).