CARDINAL – The Dundas Cup has found a new home for the next year at North Dundas District High School.
North Dundas’ girls’ hockey team sealed the series win after a late comeback over the Seaway District High School’s girls’ squad Tues., March 6.
In front of hundreds of fans inside Cardinal’s Ingredion Centre, both teams exchanged plenty of scoring chances throughout the contest.
Seaway’s Ashley Hanna and Martina Lewis scored goals in the middle frame to give the Spartans a two-goal cushion.
North Dundas’ Shaina Vandemheen then tallied her first of three markers as the second period came to a close.
With a little over eight minutes remaining in the final period, Vandemheen beat Spartans’ goalie Michaela Mustard to even the score.
After both Mustard and Devils’ goalie Olivia Salmon exchanged big saves, Vandemheen broke the deadlock with 2:35 remaining in the game to seal the win and clinch the Dundas Cup.
Devils’ coach Kevin Bell said his team had a tougher time getting to the net in game one of the series compared to game two.
“Seaway’s girls really jammed up the middle on us, making it difficult to get many scoring opportunities [during game one in Chesterville],” he said.
The bigger ice surface in Cardinal allowed the Devils to execute a game plan that used the whole rink.
“We tried to either work the puck in wide or dump it in more,” he said. “When we went down 2-0, the girls never gave up. We stuck to our game plan, kept pressing and we pulled it out in the end.”
Devils 7 – Spartans 3 (boys’ game)
After a 7-6 victory in game one of the Dundas Cup, the NDDHS boys’ squad buried another seven goals in game two’s victory over Seaway.
The Devils’ offence was led by Adam Barkley who scored three goals during the contest.
Joey Hannaford, Nic Brugmans, Cam Cotnam and Justin Shay all tallied singles.
Ben Lapier, Travis McInnis and Colin Minish found the back of the net for Seaway.
Prior to this year’s edition of the clash between the two local schools, the Cup had spent the last year at Seaway after the Spartans won last year.
The Devils had last won the Cup in 2015 and 2016.