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Crusaders advance to KASSAA hockey semifinals

February 27, 2014

Holy Cross Crusaders began their bid to return to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys hockey championship with a 5-0 win over the Bayridge Blazers in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association quarter-final Monday afternoon.

Playing at the Invista Centre, Josh Kurish scored three goals for the Crusaders while Mack Hancock and Matt Marino scored once each. Matt Villalta had the shutout.

Wednesday, the Crusaders will meet Napanee in one semifinal. The Golden Hawks, who lost their last two games of the regular season and finished fifth at 3-5, upset the Frontenac Falcons 3-2 in another quarter-final Monday. Frontenac had finished in fourth place at 5-3.

The other Wednesday semifinal will pit the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers against the La Salle Black Knights. Both teams were easy winners Monday, Regi 9-2 over Sydenham and La Salle 6-1 over Ernestown.

The Panthers spotted Sydenham a two-goal lead before rallying with nine straight goals. Courtney Norris had two goals and three assists for Regi, which also had two-goal performances from Justin Saba, Justin Berube and Tristan Falcao. Harris McEachern had a goal and three assists.

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