Lancers 1-1 at OFSAA

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The LCCVI Lancers provided the first upset of the OFSAA boys’ A/AA hockey tournament.

The 13-ranked Petrolia school knocked off St. Charles College in the opener Tuesday.

The Sudbury school was rated second going into the 16-team affair.

Jace Hall and Roen Douglas scored in the first period for the Lancers and Ryan Minten iced the contest with a third period tally.  Sean Shanahan turned aside 25 shots for the shutout.

In the Lancers second game, which started less than three hours after the end of the first contest, the Lancers were visibly tired in a 4-1 loss to St. Joseph from St. Thomas.  The Rams are ranked eighth at the tournament.  After St. Thomas opened the scoring, Tyler McGrail tied the contest in the first period only to have the Rams retake the lead just over a minute later.  

St. Joseph added a goal each in both the second and third periods for solidify the victory.  Donovan Appleford, a member of the Lambton Jr. Sting U18 team had a goal and an assist for the St. Thomas school.  Callum Besley, a former Lambton Jr. Sting goaltender, picked up the win between the pipes.  Blake Verberne took the loss.

LCCVI will close out pool play with a game against Orillia’s Patrick Fogarty Secondary School Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The sudden death playoffs begin Wednesday afternoon.

The Lancers reached the quarter-finals last year where they bowed out to a school from Sault Ste. Marie.