By Laura Lennie, News Staff
The Saltfleet Storm boys hockey team made an appearance at the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association AAA championships last week.
Saltfleet lost to the Port Colborne Lakeshore Catholic Gators 6-2 in the final, after beating the St. Catharines Denis Morris Redmen 5-4 in a shootout following three overtime periods in its first game of the event.
Storm head coach Paul Pendakis said despite the loss in the final, he was very proud of the team’s performance.
“We overachieved this year,” he said. “I did not think we would come out of the city finals. Our last four games all were won in overtime, which demonstrates the never-give-up attitude this team has and how tenacious they play.”
Saltfleet upset the first-place Sherwood Saints 2-1 in overtime in the Hamilton public high school division one championship last month. The Storm also defeated the second-place Waterdown Warriors 3-2 in overtime, 6-5 in overtime and 4-3 during three games en route to the final.
Pendakis said the championship victory was the first for the team since 1973.
“Having to play Waterdown in the semis and beat them in three games and then having to face Sherwood in the final to win in overtime was a hard-fought battle,” he said. “The coaches from Waterdown and Sherwood are outstanding hockey people, they are class acts and very hard to compete against. So, overall, it was a fantastic season and we have all but three players returning for next year, so it should make for another great run.”