KENORA – The Stratford St. Mikes girls hockey team is seeded No. 1 here at the OFSAA hockey championship this week.
Warriors left Sunday for the All-Ontario high school championships. The bus left Stratford for Toronto at 3 a.m., and the team flew to Winnipeg at 8:35 a.m. Warriors then boarded a bus for a three-hour drive back to Kenora.
St. Mikes, who are coached by Mark Flanagan, played their first game in the 16-team tournament on Monday, winning 13-0.
Warriors won their second pool game on Tuesday, 7-0. Their third game was later that afternoon.
Good team balance
In an interview with the Gazette last Thursday, Flanagan said he has almost the same team last year. That squad won the silver medals at the OFSAA tournament in Sudbury.
“The girls gained a lot of experience last year,” he pointed out. “Every game is like a Game 7.
“This year, I would say we’re a little more polished. They’re all one-game eliminations, but we feel we have three really good lines, defence and goaltending.”
In net, Warriors have two Grade 12 goaltenders.
Won WOSSAA ‘A-AA’ in London
The St. Mikes girls team recently won the WOSSAA ‘A-AA’ title at Nichols Arena in London. Warriors defeated Lord Dorchester 9-1 in the semi-finals and St. Thomas St. Joe’s 4-0 in the final.
--A teacher at the school, Mark Flanagan has coached the St. Mikes Warriors girls team for 17 years. St. Mikes teams have twice won silver at OFSAA.
--The team has won a couple of tournaments this year.
--Warriors have seven or eight players from Mitchell, four from the St. Marys area, one from Poole, one from Tavistock, and the rest are from Stratford.
“We have a good area team,” coach Flanagan says.