Spartans collect two wins at home

Game winner – Travis McInnis (#2) scored the game winning goal with 1:42 left on the clock in the Seaway Spartans’ 2-1 win over the La Citadelle Patriotes January 10th in Morrisburg. Seaway hosted the second day of SDG county boys hockey league games at the Morrisburg Arena. Seaway won two out of their three games for the day, losing to the St. Joe’s Panthers 4-0 and defeating the Holy Trinity Falcons 4-1. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG – After dropping their first two games of the season in December during league play, the Seaway Spartans boys hockey team looked to redeem themselves as they hosted the second day of league play at the Morrisburg Arena January 10th.

The Spartans took on the St. Joe’s Panthers in the early game of the day, losing 4-0.

Panthers forward Lucas Bennis scored two goals, while Jonah Bennis scored once in the win. Wade Moak had the other goal for the Panthers.

Seaway bounced back in the second game, taking on the Holy Trinity Falcons.

Joe Robertson scored early in the first period for the Falcons, sending the puck past Spartans net minder Brendan Shaver to take a 1-0 lead. Late in the period, Seaway forward Owen Fetterly’s unassisted goal tied the game at 1-1.

Midway through the second period, Colin Minish, assisted by Travis McInnis, sent the puck past Falcons goalie Steph Simard to take a 2-1 lead. McInnis added one of his own five minutes later, with Minish assisting to make it 3-1 Spartans.

Only 1:32 remained in the game when Minish set up Fetterly to seal the Falcon’s fate. The Spartans pick up their first win of the season, defeating the Falcons 4-1. Shaver, the Spartans’ rookie goalie landed his first win in high school league.

To cap off the day, the Spartans took on the La Citadelle Patriotes in the final game of the day.

After a scoreless first period, Kendrew Byers planted his first goal of the season early in the second period, Brady Smith had the assist. Spartans led 1-0.

Into the final minutes of the game, the Patriotes countered back when Mat Dallane’s one-timer went past Shaver to tie the game 1-1.

Seaway battled back, aggressively sending the puck up-ice. Just 1:42 remained when Fetterly set up McInnis for the game winning goal. Spartans hold on to win 2-1.

The Spartans exit the second day of SDG county league play in fourth place with four points. The undefeated Char-Lan Crusaders (5-0-0) lead the league, while the North Dundas Devils (3-1-1) hold second place. The St. Joe’s Panthers (2-1-2) sit in third. Rounding out the league, the La Citadelle Patriotes (1-4-0) are fifth, and the Holy Trinity Falcons (0-4-1) are sixth. The teams meet again in February in Williamstown.