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Cyclone girls hockey team wins SWOSSAA finals march 9th, 2011

The St. Christopher Cyclone's girls hockey team defeated Leamington High School today (Tuesday March 8) in the SWOSSAA final held at the Leamington Kinsmen Arena by a score of 2-0.

In the victory the Cyclone girls hockey team qualify for the OFSAA championships which are in Stratford from March 22-25.

The game was a tightly contested affair with the Cyclone's notching the first goal (and eventual game winner) early in the first period on the second shift of the game. The goal was a fine athletic effort by Val Spano who received a nicely feathered pass from Carolyn Doidge as Spano was streaking through the high slot to the right of the Leamingtonfrom goaltender when Spano fell to her knees as a consequence of a Leamington player's bodycheck, but Spano still managed to corral the puck and while sliding on her knees towards the crease place a shot high over the Leamington goaltenders right shoulder into the top corner of the net.

Each team traded excellent scoring chances through the remainder of the game with both goaltenders standing strong until late in the third period. With 5 minutes remaining in the game Cyclone Sammi Pakvis took a cross slot pass from Sierra Butler and rifled in St. Chris' insurance goal to take the 2-0 lead.

The St. Chris team had a large cheering contingent as the team travelled to the game on the Sting motor coach which allowed for a large contingent of student fans to accompany the team and support their Cyclone's. The St. Chris spirit was on fine display with face-painted fans energetically cheering on their team.

St. Chris goal scorer's versus Leamington High School were:

1. Val Spano assisted by Carolyn Doidge and Danielle Girard
2. Sami Pakvis assisted by Sierra Butler

Playing another outstanding game in net for the Cyclone's and earning her second consecutive shutout in the playoffs was Cassie Kerrigan.

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