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Northern loses SWOSSAA finals to Villanova
andrew brethauer march 9th, 2011

The Northern Vikings fought back to within one against St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon, but couldn't find the tying goal as the Wildcats win the SWOSSAA AAA/AAAA championship and will head to OFSAA.

Villanova got out to an early start as Daniel McIntyre made it 1-0 for the Wildcats. But the Vikings would respond and as Ben Sokol lets a shot go that can't be handled by the Wildcats goalie and the rebound comes to Justin Moore in front for the wide open put in to tie the game at 1-1 after the first period.

The two teams who met in the finals of the Shamrock Invitational would battle out the second period with no score, keeping the game locked at 1-1.

In the third, Villanova would open the board open as Kyle Burns made it 2-1 for the Wildcats and McIntrye scored his second of the game on the powerplay to put the Wildcats up 3-1, all within two minutes.

Tyler Pope-Ferguson would make it 4-1 for the Wildcats with his mid period goalie, seemingly putting the game out of reach.

But the Vikings would come back and respond. Adam Lane would cut the lead in half with his late third period goal, and forty-six seconds later Ryan Dayman scored to put the Vikings behind by just one.

The Vikings would pull the goalie, but despite the extra man they could not find the extra goal needed to tie the game, and St. Thomas of Villabova skated off to a 4-3 victory and SWOSSAA championship.

This ends the Vikings season having lost out on the LSSAA Lambton Cup final to St. Clair 2-1, and now SWOSSAA finals.

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