(MISSISSAUGA, ON) – St Peter’s ACHS College School was the talk of Toronto last week when they won the final Elementary School Junior Hockey Tournament for the year in Mississauga. Both parents and players of the small private school in Amherstburg were jubilant after their 2-1 victory against the Royal Orchard Falcons.
How was it that this tiny school would win this prestigious school hockey tournament in the GTA?
It has been a long season for students at St Peter’s ACHS College School. It started in October with weekly Wednesday morning scrimmages. The school’s unconventional coaching style pushed “team play” as opposed to just “drill and skill”.
“The players already get drilled enough with their winter hockey teams,” the school’s headmaster and coach Peter Thyrring said. “We want our players to be able to work and creatively play together.”
That philosophy has repeatedly paid off this season. It first showed when St Peter’s played in the All Saints Tournament and took home silver after losing in double overtime to St Timothy RCS.
They would have to rely on their team philosophy again to compete in this tournament hosted by the Dufferin/Peel/Caledon Regional Champions, St Timothy.
Departing Sunday, and battling a snow storm to get to the GTA, players hooked up with alumni parents and players for dinner in Maple, the former home of St Peter’s ACHS College School. Without much sleep, the players got up Monday morning at 5:30am to prepare for their first game later that morning against St Julia.
After a rough start and going into a shoot-out, Cameron Sinasac netted the winning goal to beat St Julia 4-3.
In the second game, St Francis were determined to avenge their loss to St Peter’s in the previous tournament. This time St Peter’s could not hold off St Francis and fell 2-1 in the tight game.
In game-3, St Peter’s was losing 3-0 to Royal Orchard when, at the end of the second period, they roared back to life on a goal from Tyson Dorey. The team didn’t not let up after that.
Continued efforts on the wings by Beckham Sawchuk and Kaden Campbell helped set the tone for Dorey, Jackson Cole, and JT Langlois, who combined to score an additional three goals for a 4-3 victory.
In the semi-finals, St Peter’s faced off against the Regional Champions, St Timothy. With their powerful squad, lead by their AAA goalie, scoring would be hard to come by.
The three man defensive core of Sinasac, James O’Niell, and Noah Duggan helped goalie Joseph Giordano hold the game scoreless through the first period and a half. Then St Peter’s TJ Langlois drove down the ice and back handed the puck over the goalie’s shoulder and in, propelling St Peter’s into the championship with a 1-0 shutout win.
In the finals, St Peter’s would once again have to face the tournament favourite Royal Orchard.
In the second period, Sinasac opened the scoring with a blistering shot from the point to put St Peter’s in front with a 1-0 lead. However, Royal Orchard pounded the St Peter’s net with shot after shot until they finally got through in the third period to tie the game 1-1.
With only six minutes left to play, Deven Bastien scored an amazing goal to put St Peter’s ahead for good. Both schools continued to battle until the final buzzer when St Peter’s ACHS College School was crowned the new Dufferin/Peel/Caledon Regional Champions.