Wildcats swept by St. Anne in WECSSAA AAA/AAAA final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The news was bad in the short term for the St. Thomas of Villanova girl’s hockey team but their future appears to be bright.

The Wildcats dropped two straight in the WECSSAA AAA/AAAA final to the St. Anne Saints earlier this week with that meaning the Saints skated away with the title that Villanova won last year.

Villanova coach John Purdie said they played well in Game 2, played Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

“We outshot them 24-16,” said Purdie. “The girls executed well as a team. It just seemed that we couldn’t get the goals when we needed them.”

Alyssa Matton scored for Villanova in Tuesday’s game, a goal which turned out to be the Wildcats’ lone goal of the series as they were shut out 4-0 on the road in Monday’s first game. St. Anne’s Sierra Moscone scored the series-winning goal, which was her second of the game. The goal came as a result of a scramble around the Villanova goal.

“(St. Anne) is a team of all seniors and Grade 11’s,” said Purdie. “We are mostly Grade 9 and 10’s.”

The St. Thomas of Villanova girls hockey team gather as a team after a recent game at the Libro Centre. The team lost two straight to St. Anne in the WECSSAA AAA/AAAA hockey final.

The St. Thomas of Villanova girls hockey team gather as a team after a recent game at the Libro Centre. The team lost two straight to St. Anne in the WECSSAA AAA/AAAA hockey final.

Despite the loss this year, Purdie said the coming years appear to be bright for the Wildcats because of their youth.

“They have got a great future together,” said Purdie.

The Wildcats lose two players this year to graduation – captain Olivia Giannotti and Jacklyn Yewchyn – a number that is down from last year where Purdie said they lost quite a few players.

“We didn’t think we’d be in this position this year,” said Purdie. “It was a surprise how many good players came to school this year.”

Purdie said the goal is always to send the seniors off with an OFSAA title so not doing that this year is a disappointment. Villanova has built a standard of excellence, he said, where they always want to win championships.

The Wildcats were gracious in defeat, though.

“I got to congratulate St. Anne. This was their year,” said Purdie. “They have a strong club. I wish them all the best at SWOSSAA.”

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