PETERBOROUGH—Fort High played 53 minutes of decent hockey, but it was the other seven minutes that found them wanting.
The host Holy Cross Hurricanes scored four goals in that seven-minute span of the second period this morning to hand the Muskies a 7-2 loss in Pool ‘E’ action at the OFSAA ‘A/AA’ hockey championships in Peterborough.
When asked what happened in the crucial second period, head coach Shawn Jourdain was pretty succinct with his post-game comments.
“We keep turning the puck over in places we shouldn’t,” he remarked. “They [Holy Cross] are a quick team and they took advantage of our turnovers.
“We had some chances in the second to keep the game close but we didn’t.”
Muskie defenceman Tarryn Romyn went a step further. He said the guys on the bench lost their composure during the four-goal blitz and the players with the necessary authority to stamp out the negativity didn’t do it.
“Everything just broke down [this morning] and we started getting upset with each other,” Romyn admitted.
“We have a couple guys on the bench with a lot of authority who speak up when they should, and I don’t know why [they] didn’t do [that] today.”
After the first two games, Pool ‘E’ is shaping up to be a race for second place. Kincardine, ranked 13th, has won both its games while seventh-ranked Fort High, top-ranked Glendale, and 12th-seeded Holy Cross all sit a 1-1.
The top two teams from each pool advance to the quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon. In event of a tie, head-to-head will decide who stays and plays and who takes the bus ride home.
Up next for the black-and-gold is a must-win game tonight at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) versus the Glendale Gemini (Tillsonburg).
The black-and-gold then round out pool play tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. (EDT) against Kincardine.
After opening with a 4-1 win yesterday morning against the 20th-ranked St. Martin Mustangs (Mississauga), there was a lack of crispness and smoothness to the first period this morning from a scoring and puck-handling perspective, but raw energy and physical play bridged the gap.
It appeared offence would be the Achilles heel of both teams as numerous odd-man rushes ended with the resounding sound of frozen rubber echoing off the glass in the near empty rink.
When chances present themselves at the rate at which they did, the odds are good the goals will go in.
Sure enough they did.
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead with 7:54 left in the first when Taylor Reese beat Scott Parsons with a quick wrist shot through the legs.
Just over three minutes later, Chris Bobczynski tied the game when he carried the puck from the left corner and pressed his way to the net unchecked.
He then roofed a backhander under the crossbar for his second goal of the tournament.
But then Fort High lost the plot completely in the second period as Holy Cross exploded for five-straight to take control of the game.
Ryan Millar and Shawn Mackie each netted a pair while Josh McGill got the other one.
Two of the goals Parsons may want to press the rewind button on, but the others were the result of the defence getting caught up ice or having difficulty handling the outside speed rush to the net.
Romyn brought the black-and-gold to within four at 6-2 when his slapshot beat Hurricanes’ goalie Aaron Poast glove side with 10:55 to go.
But Cam Milligan closed out the scoring with 1:39 left with a short-handed goal that deflected off the stick of Braden Webb and through the legs of Parsons.