(HARROW, ON) – With the Massey Mustangs, St Joseph’s Lasers, and L’Essor Aigles jumping to WECSSAA’s top tier, since the end of the 2013-14 season, the Tier Two division has been wide open for a change of guard. The Harrow Hawks, and last year’s finalists, the Lajeunesse Royals, topped this year’s regular season field with identical 10-1-1 records.
The two teams seemed destined for a dramatic final series.
It took a pair of overtime victories, but the Harrow Hawks boys’ team defeated the Royals to win the WECSSAA Tier Two hockey championship.
The first game of the finals took place last Wednesday at Central Park Athletics. Harrow led the game late in the third with a pair of goals from Logan Robillard and a single from Curtis Rodrigues.
Lajeunesse, with goals already from Jacob Croteau and Eamon Gorman, pushed hard late in the third, and were rewarded for their efforts with a tying goal from Cole Seguin, to force overtime. After some back-and-forth early in the extra period, Colin Grieves emerged as the hero for the Hawks, giving them a 1-0 edge in the series.
On Tuesday, the series traveled to the Harrow Arena and once again the battle was taken to an extra frame after Lajeunesse led the game 2-1 after the second.
In overtime, Harrow’s Ryan Mucha scored the winning goal to give the Hawks the best-of-three series, 2-0. Also scoring for the Hawks was Danny Deschamps and Noah Litster, while Lajeunesse’s goals were both scored by Eamon Gorman.
To get to the Tier Two final, the Hawks played a semi-final series against the Leamington Lions. The Hawks swept the tilt with a 6-5 overtime win and a 6-2 victory to close out the series.
Lajeunesse was awarded a bye to the finals after being awarded first place.
The Tier Two division has shrunk considerably in the past two seasons. With Massey, St Joseph’s, and L’Essor all ascending to the top tier, and the Cardinal Carter Cougars suspending their program this season, the six-team loop has drastically shrunk. Although the division does not seem to be on its last legs just yet, an influx of new teams would certainly breathe new life into it and improve the loop’s overall parity.