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CASS Hockey wins gold again (photo)

Monday, December 09, 2013   by: Staff



The CASS Hockey team traveled down Highway 17 again for another Northern Ontario hockey tournament. 

This time they were in North Bay for the 40th Annual NDA Hockey Tournament. 

The last time the Huskies won this tournament was in 2008. 

The boys opened up the tournament with two victories on Friday, December 6 against Scollard Hall with a score of 2-1 and West Ferris, beating them 5-2. 

In the Scollard Hall game, goals were scored by Wes Mitchell and Mark Khull. 

The West Ferris game saw a monster performance from the line of Matt Keenan (3 goals, 2 assists), Bryce Campbell and Wes Mitchell (1 goal, 3 assists each).

Saturday morning the Huskies faced the Chippewa Raiders and skated away with a 5-1 win.

Goal scorers were Keenan, Campbell, Nick Siemens, Clancy Neal and Eric Kern. 

On Saturday afternoon, in their quarterfinal game, they defeated Franco Cite, out of Sturgeon Falls, 4-2. 

The Huskies received goals from Mitchell, Keenan, Khull and Campbell.

Early Sunday morning the Huskies met the Widdifield Wildcats in the semifinal and needed an overtime goal from Campbell, 13 seconds into the extra frame, to move onto the finals with a 2-1 win.

Neal had the other goal.

This set the stage for an all NSSSA final against Manitoulin Island, Sunday afternoon. 

The Huskies grabbed the lead with the first goal of the game 7 minutes into the first on a goal from Alex Hansen, assisted by Mitchell. 

Not to be outdone, Manitoulin evened up the score on the powerplay with less than a minute left in the first. 

Manitoulin grabbed the lead with three and a half minutes left in the second. 

This put the Huskies in a must-score position in the third and they pressed hard, allowing only one shot for Manitoulin. 

Manitoulin put up a wall for the majority of the third period, but the Huskies would take advantage of a powerplay opportunity with two minutes left. 

Mark Khull scored to tie up the game and send it to overtime for the second game in a row. 

Mitchell and Keenan assisted the game-tying goal. 

The first 10-minute overtime period did not solve anything. 

The clock was reset for another 10-minute overtime period and Clancy Neal was the overtime hero, banging in a rebound from Kern with 23 seconds left. 

Bryce Campbell was awarded tournament MVP. 

Goaltender Ryan Campbell finished with a 6-0 record, 9 goals against on 112 shots and a 1.5 GAA.


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