By Josh Howald
There would be no Cinderella run this time around.
A KDSS forward squeezes past a OSCVI defender during the BAA semi-final in Kincardine recently. (Josh Howald photo)
The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team bowed out of the CWOSSA championship tournament after dropping its first game of the round robin last week in Simcoe.
"If we had just done a few things just a bit differently," said Doug Kennedy, who helped coach the KDSS squad. He was bench boss on the Knights run to an OFSAA provincial championship in 2012.
Last Monday, the Knights opened the tournament against the Norwell District High School Redmen, the perennial District 4/10 champions from Palmerston. The Redmen scored a 5-3 win, which essentially ended Kincardine's hopes of advancing to Tuesday's championship final. KDSS edged out District 9's Simcoe District Secondary School 8-6 later in the day, but it wasn't enough to put the Knights in Tuesday afternoon's CWOSSA final.
Kincardine and the Grey Highlands Secondary School Lions represented the Bluewater Athletic Association at the tournament, even though a BAA champion has yet to be crowned. The Knights and Lions, both from the BAA South Division, have each qualified for the BAA final, but weren't able to play a title match prior to the CWOSSA tournament. Kincardine walked through the BAA playoffs, smoking John Diefenbaker Secondary School of Hanover in the quarter-finals and the OSCVI Falcons of Owen Sound in a semi-final game played at the Davidson Centre. The Lions finished second in the BAA South behind KDSS, and handily defeated Kincardine in the final regular season match-up of the season to split the season series.
The Lions were placed in Pool A with Paris District Secondary School and Erin District Secondary School. In Waterford, the Lions defeated Paris 5-2, and followed that up with a 5-4 win over Erin. That put GHSS in Tuesday's final against the Redmen. Norwell defeated Simcoe 7-6 in the first game of the day in Simcoe to finish the preliminary round 2-0.
The teams were all tied up after regulation time, and overtime settled nothing either. So the CWOSSA title was decided by a shootout. The Redmen snapped a 1-1 draw with a shootout win over the Lions. However, both teams get berths at the OFSAA tournament, held in Oakville this year. The OFSAA tournament begins March 18. That means because of the March break, and the Lions participation at the provincial tournament, the BAA championship game will not be played until the week of March 24. Keep watching The Kincardine Independent to see when and where that game will be scheduled.
The CWOSSA girls hockey tournament was also held last week in Simcoe and Waterford, with the BAA's own Sacred Heart High School Crusaders claiming that title. The Crusaders will head to Sudbury for the girls OFSAA championships, which also begin March 18.