St. Joe's blanks the Aquinas Flames, 2-0, in the District girls' hockey final
Monday, February 25, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph's Rams are one win away from running the table in District girls' hockey.
Alyssa Giesbreghet picked up a shutout stopping everything the London Aquinas Flames threw at her, as Rams took game one the best of three District final, 2-0, today, at the Joe.
Jamie Giles potted the winner mid way through the second period, while Jocelyn Delgado added insurance into an empty net, with 25 seconds left in the third period.
"Brianna Caeiro made a pass out front to Jocelyn and it tipped off her right to me and I just shot it," said Giles, recalling her goal. "We had a good eight of 10 type game. We did play very well."
The Rams had to kill four Aquinas power plays, including back to back in the first five minutes of the third period.
"We played the box and we made sure we kept an eye on the extra girl. When we got the puck we made sure we rifled it down (ice)," said Giles. "They (Flames) have a lot of speed and they know where to be for the pass. They know how to move the puck and stick-handle. We always have to keep an eye on that. They have a few players who are very high level skilled, so we keep an eye on them and make sure they don't get the puck."
Aquinas was without defenceman Nicole Gosling, who won a gold medal for Canada, at the under-18 women's world hockey championship in January. Gosling is currently with Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games, in Red Deer, Alberta.
Grace Gillett, on the winning goal and Grace Dodgson, picked up assists.
The Rams finished first, at 7-0, in the conference, marching through the regular season outscoring opponents, 34-4, including twice dumping Aquinas, 4-1.
In the semi-finals, the Rams put the Regina Mundi Titans on the shelf. Abby Gagen and Grace Dodgson, both had two goals and two assists, while Rachelle Charron scored twice and added an assist in game one. The Titans had to forfeit game two due to an injured goalie.
Game two of the District final is at Bostwick arena, in London, on Tuesday. Game three, if necessary, is back in St. Thomas on Thursday. The winner advances to WOSSAA A/AA, at Stronach arena, in London, February 4th.