The EDSS boys’ hockey team is heading back to the provincials, having emerged victorious this week at the regional level.
The Lancers took the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association (WCSSAA) title, and claimed top spot in the Central Waterloo Ontario Secondary School Association (CWOSSA) championships held Monday and Tuesday in Fergus.
Now they’re heading back to provincials for the second year in a row, and they’re hungry to win the gold having taken silver last year.
The Lancers beat the Kitchener Collegiate Institute Rangers 3-2 during the final game of the CWOSSA championship March 10, and earned their spot at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship starting March 25.
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Coach Dave Munroe said their opponent Tuesday afternoon was very strong, the victory being sweeter given how they’ve played against them in the past.
“KCI is a very, very good team, so for us to go up 2-0 was nice because the last two times we played them we fell behind early,” said Munroe. “We started off very strong and … obviously, with a team that good like KCI, we knew that they’d continue to keep playing hard.”
Lucas Huber of EDSS opened the scoring early in the first period. Kyle Kraemer added a four-on-four goal to put Elmira ahead 2-0 late in the frame, but KCI would score one of their own to cut the lead in half before the first was over.
No scoring took place during the second period, but the KCI coach had to leave the game after taking a puck to the head.
KCI would tie the game with five minutes left in the third, but Ty Martin would become the hero of the game as he put EDSS back ahead with minutes left on the clock.
Munroe says the game was one of the team’s best efforts of the season, adding the level of excitement over what’s to come is at a high. He’s confident going into OFSAA, as he expects the team to be ranked in the top five.
He says the team is ready and after winning silver last year, the dedication which comes from the boys is infectious.
“The amount of dedication that these kids have and obviously the love they have for hockey is pretty outstanding,” said Munroe. “It takes a lot of dedication and time for these kids … it’s a great group with a lot of leadership and we’re having a lot of fun.”
The OFSAA championship runs from March 25 to 27, hosted by St. Anne Secondary School in partnership with Assumption College School, Windsor-Essex. Sixteen teams will vie to be named the best in Ontario.