Thanks to a solid performance from goaltender Les McAllister throughout the tournament and a two goal effort from Fern Gauvreau in the final, the Morrisburg Senior Combines skated away from the Ontario 55 plus Senior Winter Games with gold medals.
The games were held in Huntsville, Ontario February 26-28, and the Morrisburg-based Combines laced up as representatives of the local District 8 which includes Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne.
They were one of 12 teams that played in the 65 year plus division and one of two teams representing District 8 in hockey.
The other was the Cornwall Seaway Blades who captured Bronze Medals in the 55 plus division.
The Combines opened with a 6-0 win over Windsor/Essex and then tied York 3-3 to qualify for the quarter finals. Providing the opposition in the quarter final was Grey Bruce, who fell to the Combines 4-0, a second shut out for McAllister in three games.
Next up was Muskoka/Nipissing in semi-final action. In this game, the Combines jumped into an early 4-0 lead, and never looked back as they cruised to an 8-0 win.
The Combines now found themselves in the gold medal game, with London providing the opposition. This time out it was a much closer encounter, but thanks to the two goal effort from Gauvreau, the Combines edged out their opponents, 2-1.
The win qualifies the Combines to compete in the upcoming Canadian Games in Edmonton.
The Cornwall Seaway Blades lost their opener 3-2 to London. They followed that with a 3-0 win over Haliburton to advance to quarter finals play where they defeated Huntsville 6-1.
A loss to Brampton in the quarter finals put them into the bronze medal game against York. A 2-0 win, with goaltender Dave Alguire in net, earned them the bronze medals.