Red Hawks advance to COSSA finals
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | February 27, 2015
With a combination of skill, grit and determination, the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School girls varsity hockey team finished right where they wanted to heading into next week's COSSA finals.
In their first game of the day on Feb. 24 at AJ LaRue Arena, the Red Hawks lost 3-0 to the St. Peter Saints, who would go on to capture the Kawartha league championship later that afternoon. However, in their second game against the Holy Cross Hurricanes, the girls managed to edge out a 2-1 victory in a nail-biting shootout.
"It's always good to win your last game ..." said the team's head coach Dan Marsden.
"It was exciting for the girls and I'm excited that they'll be able to get to COSSA. Now it's another chance."
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Hawks tied it up in the second with a backhanded goal courtesy of Cassidy Garbutt. Toward the end of the third, Kenndal Marsden took a hard hit and had to be helped off the ice by her coach (also her father) and another player.
"She suffered an upper body injury," said Marsden.
The game headed into five minutes of overtime, but neither team was able to capitalize. Hawks goalie Connor Marsden was instrumental in keeping the puck out of the net when the Hurricanes went on the power play.
"She just seems to have calm nerves to be able to come up with big saves when she needs to," he said.
Despite her injury, Kenndal scored the only goal in the shootout to give her team the win.
With a victory against the Hurricanes in the four-team tournament on Monday, they will move on to play teams in the double-A category instead of triple-A (schools with 900 or more students).
"We're at the double As, which is where we wanted to be. It's just another chance to try and get that extra win to maybe make some other things special happen this year," said Marsden.
The Hawks first COSSA game is on March 2 in Belleville.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.