In a first place shown down Gillett scores twice in a 4-1 win over London Aquinas
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph's Lady Rams will be the top seed entering the post season for District girls' hockey.
Grace Gillet scored twice and set up Anna Fox, as the Rams defeated the London St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) Flames, 4-1, to improve to 6-0 on the season. The win clinches first place for the Rams, leaving Aquinas at 4-2, with both teams having one game remaining in the regular season.
"We played really well. There were a few minutes when we were getting lazy but in the end we got a win," said Rams' captain Jocelyn Delgado, who opened the scoring in the first period. "We take lots of shot from anywhere. Most teams try too many moves, but we like to get the puck to the net and get as many shots as we can."
Over the six games, the Rams have scored 29 goals while allowing just four.
Rams' freshman goalie Alyssa Giesbrecht made several quality stops, including during three STA power plays.
"She made a lot of big saves today," Delgado said.
Madison Chantler scored the lone Flames' goal on an early second period power play, making it 2-1.
"They (STA) were missing one of their top players, Nicole Gosling. She's a very good player. That hurt them a bit not having her," Delgado pointed out.
Gosling was on Canada's gold medal winning team at the recent World U18 women's hockey championship.
The Rams however have defeated the Flames with Gosling in the line-up twice this season, including a Rams' 4-1 win on December 17.
At the STA tournament last month in London, St. Joe's beat Aquinas, 5-1, in the final, after losing to the host team, 1-0, in preliminary play.
"We're getting scoring from multiple lines. We have a few kids who can step up and play different roles," Rams' head coach Dave Fox said. "We've been strong in the back end. Our captain has been a leader on the ice and she puts the puck in the net."
Delgado credits the Grade nines for an improved record (4-3-1) over last season.
"They've helped us a lot."
St. Joe's concludes the regular season against London Mother Teresa. Playoffs begin mid February, likely with best of three series, for the semifinals and final.
In preparation for post season action, the Rams will be heading to the Cardinal Carter Classic tournament in Toronto the first week of February.