By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Despite a great comeback effort, the St. Lawrence College Cornwall (SLC) men’s hockey team fell short at the 11th annual Schooners Invitational.
SLC Sharks compete against Centennial College at the 11th annual Schooners Invitational.
The SLC – Cornwall Sharks were one of eight teams competing on Jan. 9 and 10 at the Brockville Memorial Centre.
Their first day was split with mixed results. The Sharks faced the Bishop’s University Gaiters, returning champions, resulting in a convincing 5-3 win.
Game one kicked off strong with goals by Justin Rutley, Eric Evans and Brandon Gilmour in the first frame. The Gaiters scored in each period, but it wasn't enough to make a dent on the scoreboard. The Sharks were determined and biting back in the third. Gilmour scored two more - sealing the deal. Thanks to his impressive hat trick he was named Shark player of the game
Their next match against the McMaster University Marauders didn’t go as planned. In the first four minutes, the Marauders scored two goals. Gilmour fought back with one of his own early in the second. But the Marauders continued to sink their opponents ending in a 4-2 win.
The second day of the tournament went swimmingly after suffering a tough loss. The Sharks beat Centennial College with an impressive 5-2 victory.
"For playing at 8:00 a.m., after two tough games yesterday, I thought we played with lots of energy and utilized it to our advantage" said Sharks co-head coach, Sean Boulerice, in an SLC media statement.
The goals were scored by Quinlin MacDonnell, Eric Evans, Mitch Lefebvre, Jayden Lemire and Justin Rutley. MacDonell was named Shark player of the game.
But bouncing back from an upsetting loss against the Marauders with a strong return wasn’t enough to clench the Sharks a spot in the semi-finals.
The Gaiters and the Marauders played their fifth game in 24 hours at the finals. After being down two in the first period, the Marauders came back in full force to win 3-2 and become the 2014 Schooners Invitational Champions.
La Cité Collégiale, Canadore College, University of Toronto – Scarborough and SLC-Brockville also participated in the tournament.