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Colts fall to Cardinals in SWOSSAA finals
andrew brethauer march 9th, 2011


The St. Clair Colts fell behind in the second period of their A/AA SWOSSAA finals match up on Wednesday afternoon against the F.J. Brennan Cardinals and couldn't make up the deficit, falling 5-1.

It only took nine seconds for the Cardinals to get on the board as Korey Morgan put a shot passed Seth Hellinga to make it 1-0 for F.J. Brennan. The Colts would have problems in the middle of the period maintaining position and generating scoring chances. Denver Spearman would send a pass through the crease that couldn't be put in while Dan Lumley had a wrist shot in close that was gloved and the rebound came out wide of the net.

But after getting multiple chances on the powerplay, St. Clair would knot up the score as Kalen Hellinga beat James Caron short side to tie the game at 1-1 after the first period.

In the second period the Colts came out strong, getting multiple chances in front of the Cardinals net but couldn't find the back of the net to get the go ahead. Caron made brilliant saves, keeping the Cardinals in the game and his efforts would prove costly for the Colts as St. Clair would try a long pass that was picked off inside their own zone. The first shot was saved by Hellinga, but the rebound came out to Morgan for his second of the game, putting the Cardinals up 2-1.

Just under two minutes later the Cardinals would strike again as Hellinga tried to bat the puck with his stick but didn't get all of it, F.J. Brennan would pick up the puck from behind the net and put it out front were Brent Benson would score to make it 3-1 for the Cardinals.

In the third period things got worse quickly for the Colts as Chris Foster scored on a tap in that Hellinga couldn't handle to make it 4-1.

Both teams began to get physical and taking minor penalties leading to multiple powerplays for both sides, but the Colts couldn't cut into the lead any further, even after getting great scoring chances alone in front.

Zachery Ross would score a final goal off a scramble in front to put the Cardinals up 5-1, as F.J. Brennan captures the SWOSSAA A/AA championship.

This was the farthest the Colts had got in any pervious years, which was capped off with their first LSSAA Lambton Cup win in 24 years.

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