By Devan Mighton
(TECUMSEH, ON) – On the heels of their WECSSAA Boy’s AAA championship, the St Anne Saints added one more trophy to their case Thursday evening. With a 4-1 victory over the visiting St Patrick’s Fighting Irish of Sarnia, the Saints earned both the 2015-16 SWOSSAA title and a birth into this week’s provincial high school tournament hosted by St Thomas of Villanova High School.
St Patrick’s opened the scoring late in the first period with a rebound goal by Joe Correia over the glove of Saints goalie Roman Liburdi. This would be the only blemish on Liburdi’s night, as the Saints would cruise to victory with four unanswered goals from Preston Corp, Carter Corp, Blake Blain, and AJ Ryan.
St Anne had to fight through a pair of best-of-3 series with the Sandwich Sabres and Holy Names Knights to get to the SWOSSAA match-up. They closed out a tightly fought series with Holy Names the previous Wednesday with a pair of 2-1 overtime victories to clinch the WECSSAA crown.
St Pat’s earned their birth into Thursday’s game by defeating Ursuline College of Chatham, 3-2, to win the Lambton-Kent AAA high school title.
Next up for the Saints will be the OFSAA provincial championship, hosted by the Villanova Wildcats, to be played at both LaSalle’s Vollmer Centre and South Windsor Arena. The tournament starts today and ends Thursday, with the gold medal game taking place in LaSalle at 3:00pm.