McKnight nets four goals in Dorchester's 6-2 win over Ingersoll, to capture the
TVRA South-East girls' hockey title
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - The farewell tour continues.
For the first time since 2014 the Lord Dorchester Beavers are heading to the WOSSAA tournament, after sweeping the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East girls' hockey best of three final.
Emma McKnight had a hat trick for a second consecutive game and Hannah Vickers picked up five assists, leading the Beavers to a 6-2 defusing of the Ingersoll Blue Bombers, in game two at the Flight Exec Centre.
Victoria Quance netted a pair of goals, while Kristen Bisschop drew two assists.
"We've been playing really well. We really came together as a team. We're getting to know each other's abilities and using each other," said McKnight. "This is my first year playing (high school hockey) and I've had so much fun. It's so exciting to get to WOSSAA."
Although years of club hockey experience, McKnight, along with Vickers, Quance and Bisschop, decided to play for their school for the first time, in their graduating year at Dorchester.
At the same time, Beavers' head coach Richard Cracknell is in his final year of teaching at LDSS.
"This is an amazing group of players. They play amazingly well as a team. I can put anyone in at pretty much any place and we're good (and) they're a pleasure to coach," said Cracknell. "This is my retirement year. It's great to win here on home ice, my last game that I'll coach here in Dorchester."
Cracknell coached the girls' team the last time they qualified for WOSSAA, in 2014, before stepping away from behind the bench until returning for this season.
Scoreless after one period, the Beavers struck first in game two, on McKnight's first of her four goals. But Sommer Lednicky tied it for the Bombers, five seconds later. Two goals in 17 seconds mid period, by Quance and McKnight sent the Beavers on their way, leading 3-1. McKnight completed her four goal performance and Marisa Freeman also scored for Ingersoll.
"Passing is our biggest thing and we have so many players to get me and Hannah the puck," said McKnight. "We have a good defence too.
For example, Kristen, she blocks every shot. Having every aspect, forwards, defence, goalie, is really amazing. Sid (Sydney Graham) has been awesome for us, considering she hasn't played goalie before."
Dorchester edged Ingersoll, 5-4, in game one of the South-East final, with McKnight a hat trick and Quance, two goals.
"It was a different game. Really close, back and forth, but we pulled it out," said McKnight, who is heading to Queen's University, in Kingston, in September.
Quance will be attending Nipissing University in North Bay and Bisschop, Marian University in Wisconsin.
What is the key for the Beavers to improve on their WOSSAA bronze medal from 2014.
"What we did today," Cracknell said. "We have to come out and score. We dominated pretty much this whole game. We had it in their end and that's what we have to do at WOSSAA."
Dorchester will play the winner of the District conference, St. Thomas St. Joe's or London St. Thomas Aquinas, in their first game, at Stronach Arena, in London, March 4th.
At the same time, London South plays the Clinton St. Anne's Eagles, the defending WOSSAA champions, who brought home OFSAA silver last year.