They came, they played, they conquered and now the Seaway Spartans have their work cut out for them.
Friday, at the Morrisburg Arena, the first leg of the series for the Dundas County Hockey Cup was played between Seaway District High School and North Dundas, and when it was over it was the Devils in control.
The event opened in front of more than 400 cheering Seaway fans with the girls hitting the ice in an exciting game that ended with the Devils in the winner’s circle by a 2-0 count.
After a scoreless first period, the Devils’ Taylor Cummins (from Amanda Carkner) opened the scoring early in the second period. Tori Corkery (from Bailey Mike) made it 2-0 for the Devils midway through the third.
Cashelle Baldwin was in net for the Devils, and Megan Van Allen handled the Spartans’ action.
The boys match remained scoreless until the final seconds of the first period when Andrew Jarvis scored, unassisted, for the Spartans.
The goal didn’t sit well with the Devils who charged back 30 seconds into the second period with a Mark McRae counter. Five minutes later McRae made it 2-0. Garrett Milne scored once more for the Devils for a 3-1 advantage as action headed into the third.
Ryan Byers counted twice for the Devils in the third for the 5-1 victory.
The second set of games to complete this year’s Dundas Cup will be played in Chesterville this Friday, March 2. In addition to the high school teams, the day will feature Intermediate hockey action which will kick off the event at 10 a.m. The girls varsity game will follow at 11 a.m and the boys will hit the ice at approximately 12:15 p.m.
Seaway High’s hockey coach Carrie Gilmour says the Spartans have had a busy season.
“The girls made the playoffs and will be competing Wednesday (February 29) in Long Sault against CCVS. The boys missed the playoffs due to a three-way tie that went down to goals for and against. Even though we lost several close games, we certainly played better than last year (Seaway’s first year of hockey).”
Although Gilmour and her teams were disappointed with the Friday game outcomes, she was happy with the event.
“I was thrilled beyond all of my expectations from the students, the staff and our community for the Spartan pride that was demonstrated on Friday. It was an activity that was enjoyed by every age group; from the MPS kindergarten class, the grade 6 classes from Iroquois and Morrisburg Public Schools who attended as a transition activity, to the parents/grandparents and Seaway alumni who came out to cheer the kids on.”
“To look across the ice surface and see over 400 people dressed in black and orange and cheering for the kids that you know have worked very hard for this moment is something very special, and I will carry that with me for a very long time.”
South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke got the event rolling with the official puck drop for Spartans’ captain Michaela Morrow and Demons’ captain Tori Corkery. Seaway’s Jennifer Howard sang O’ Canada.
The event included a Chuck a Puck fund raiser and a shoot-out between Seaway principal Terry Gardiner and North Dundas coach Mike Deighton.