In Peterborough, Ontario on January 10th at the 15th annual St. Peter’s Classic Hockey Tournament, the Sault Ste Marie High School Hockey League’s St. Mary’s Knights opened the 2018 tournament against the Catholic Central High School Crusaders from London, Ontario.
At 10:15 of the first period, Knight forward Jacob Bumbaco fires an unassisted goal to give St. Mary’s a 1 – 0 lead. Scoring the only other goal of the contest was St. Mary’s Josh Mannarino 7:45 into the opening period to give the Knights a 2 – 1 win over the Crusaders. Justin Morrisette and Cole Ambeault notched the helpers on the St. Mary’s second goal of the contest. Goaltender Ryan Cook earned the 2 – 1 win.
In game two on day one in Peterborough, Josh Gavey sinks the first goal against St. Patrick Catholic High School Vipers of Toronto, Ontario 13:43 into the first. Noah Belec and Noah Brule drew the assists on Gavey’s goal. Ambeault scored the Knights second of the game at the 7:43 mark of the period with Noah Thomson and Gavey adding the contributors on Ambeault’s goal. 74 seconds later, Cole Ryckman increases the lead to 3 – 0 with helpers from Cole Delarosbil and Bumbaco for St. Mary’s. The Knights’ Belec brings the lead to 4 – 0 at 6:21 of the first with a pass from Brule. With 5:58 left in the first, Bumbaco sinks the final goal of the period for St. Mary’s with Ambeault setting up the fifth of the period.
At 12:07 of the middle stanza, Bumbaco scores the sixth of the game on an unassisted goal to give the Knights forward a hat trick to give St. Mary’s a 6 – 0 lead. One second past the halfway mark of the period on an unassisted goal, Justin Ryyppo notches another one for the Sault Ste Marie High School Hockey League’s league leaders. With 1:32 remaining in game two, Gavey finds the back of the Vipers net to give the Knights an 8 – 0 shutout win and bring St. Mary’s record to 2 – 0. Delarosbil had the helper on Gavey’ second of the game. Earning his first shutout of the tournament, was netminder Travis Johnson.
At 2:30 p.m on Wednesday in their second meeting of the 2017 – 2018 high school hockey season, the Knights took on the Denis Morris Redmen. Scoring his third goal of the tournament, Gavey gave the Knights a 1 – 0 lead 4:49 into the first with Brule adding the assists on Gavey’s goal. Redmen Evan Charnock evens the game 1 – 1 for Denis Morris with Peyton McIntosh and Nico Albano adding the helpers on the Redmen’s opening goal. Mannarino sinks the go – ahead goal at the 13:57 mark of the second with Ambeault and Delarosbil setting up the assists. Joey Colusardo finds the back of the Knights goaltender Ryan Cook’s net with 1:13 left in the period to tie the game 2 – 2. Cooper Lobsinger and Jacob Barnowski registered the contributors on Denis Morris’ tying goal. With seven seconds remaining in the second, Barnowski gives the Redmen a 3 – 2 win over the Knights, Charnock added the assist on the Redmen’s win on Wednesday afternoon.
St. Mary’s coach Frank Medaglia told Saultsports that “we’re very happy with the team effort we are seeing on the ice. We had a tough loss (leading most of the game) by giving up a couple of late goals, but these are those coachable moments where we can learn from our mistakes. Getting pucks in deep and being more disciplined to not take penalties at crucial moments or simply winning puck battles late in games. Dennis Morris is a good team and they have had our number, but we’re right there and that’s what we need to take out of this loss. The little things matter…and in the end, if we learn from our mistakes. Our goal is to make a nice run at OFSAA provided we work hard and play smart as a team.”
The (2-1) Knights will meet the (3-0) Orangeville District Secondary School Bears in a 9:05 a.m puck drop in Peterborough on January 11th.