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Malvern girls win tournament in shootout battle

Malvern’s Molly Balaszi shoots on Lawrence Park goalie Samie Gorman in TDSSAA Tier 1 girls hockey action at Ted Reeve Arena on Jan. 15. Lawrence Park won the game 7-3. PHOTO: Jon Muldoon

Malvern’s Molly Balaszi shoots on Lawrence Park goalie Samie Gorman in TDSSAA Tier 1 girls hockey action at Ted Reeve Arena on Jan. 15. Lawrence Park won the game 7-3.
PHOTO: Jon Muldoon

Malvern Collegiate shot for gold and won a six-school girls hockey tournament held at York University.

It was a total comeback win.

Malvern started shaky at the Jan. 8 match up, losing 5-0 to St. Maximillian Kolbe in the first of four two-period games.

But Malvern regrouped, says team captain Ciara Morrison.

“We just got more momentum,” said Morrison, a centre and one of three Grade 12s on the team.

“We took more shots. We really bonded over the day, so we played like a team.”

By the time they met St. Maximillian again in the final, Malvern was ready. They scored early, said coach Karyn Bugelli, and upped their defense.

Malvern also kept their cool. Down by a goal in the last period, they tied it up with just 40 seconds to go.

Caroline Bricks showed great goaltending in the shoot-out, Bugelli said, and Malvern won the day.

Winning the season will likely mean another big rematch – this time against Lawrence Park Collegiate.

Lawrence Park won 7-3 against Malvern at Ted Reeve Arena last week, meaning the North Toronto school is so far undefeated in the five-team, Tier 1 league.

“It’ll be the match up for the finals,” Bugelli said, noting that Malvern had a strong game overall. “I think we’re probably their strongest competition.”

Morrison agrees.

“We want to get to OFSAA,” she said, referring to the Ontario sport championships. Morrison and her two linemates all made it to OFSAA in field hockey this fall.

“We’ve never made it to OFSAA for girls hockey,” she said. “But we did it for field hockey, so we’re hoping we can do it in the winter sport too.”

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