By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - The St. Lawrence College Cornwall Sharks men’s hockey team went into the Challenge Cup tournament looking for a championship victory, and would eventually come up just short in their quest.
The St. Lawrence College Cornwall Sharks men’s hockey team.
The team worked their way into the quarter-finals match against Redeemer University College which took place Friday afternoon. The game would be yet another close match-up for the Sharks, but they would eventually lose the game 1-0, seeing their season come to an end.
"Our loss was not for a lack of effort. Each player worked their heart out each shift, created some great chances, but we just could not get the bounces to go our way," said Sharks co-head coach Sean Boulerice.
In their first game of the tournament, the Sharks took on the sixth-place ranked George Brown College. St. Lawrence goaltender Ryan Cooper put on a fantastic game, not letting any shots get past him. The Sharks would win 1-0.
St. Lawrence would hit a bump in the road the next morning, when they took on Fanshawe College. The Falcons would end up winning the game by a score of 3-2, sending the Sharks to the wildcard round.
In the wildcard round the Sharks understood that it was win or go home. In quite the back-and-forth game, the Sharks were able to hold on to the 3-2 victory, advancing themselves to the quarter-final where they would be eliminated from the tournament.
"We have a special group of players in our dressing room. They win and lose as a team, and I'm so proud of their effort this season,” said Bouldrice.
Now St. Lawrence will turn their attention to the women’s hockey team who will be playing in their Challenge Cup starting next Thursday.