The 2016 OFSAA "A/AA" Girls Hockey Championships in Stratford cannot start soon enough for the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes.
Eliminated in quarter-final play one year ago by the powerful Appleby College crew, but completely crushing all comers in the north, coach Denis Piquette and company cruised to a NOSSA crown on Tuesday, defeating the Algonquin Barons 6-1.
Mélisa Kingsley and Kaitlyn Falvo showed the way with a pair of goals each for CND, with singles coming from Ashley McKerral and Joelle Bélanger. McKerral was named tournament MVP, as the Alouettes prepare for the all-Ontario showdown running March 7-10.
The Marymount Regals completed the Sudbury sweep, as Emma Chamberland netted her second goal of the game, in overtime, lifting the Regals to a 4-3 win over the St. Charles College Cardinals.
Myla McCormick and Serena Seguin rounded out the scoring for Marymount, while Sierra Crossthwaite, with two, and Tayler Murphy kept things close for the Cardinals, who scored twice in the third, overcoming a 3-1 deficit and forcing the extra session.
The "AAA" OFSAA entry finds coaches Jason Weiler and Tim Russell travelling to Stratford, as well, with the Marymount ladies. The Regals will be looking to better their performance from 2014, when they competed at OFSAA by virtue of the fact that the event was hosted in Sudbury, struggling to find the win column.
The good news is that Marymount is taking a far more balanced crew into action this time around, led by the scoring threat that is Myla McCormick, a Grade 12 senior who has committed to coach Stacey Colarossi and the Laurentian Voyageurs women's hockey program for next year.