It was fitting that the two schools that hosted the inaugural National Independent School Invitational Championship met in the final to complete three days of intense hockey involving 10 schools from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Upper Canada College and St. Andrew’s College (SAC) hosted games from March 5 to 8, with the final between the two fierce rivals taking place at the William Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
UCC’s varsity team reached that stage by going undefeated in preliminary round robin action, scoring 18 goals while allowing only two in games against Stanstead College, Appleby College, St. Michael’s College School and Kings Edgehill School. That qualified the squad for the final against SAC, which topped its division with a record of three wins and one tie.
The first period of the final was played at a good pace, but neither team could put a puck in the net. SAC scored in the second period, added another in the third and held the Blues off the scoreboard to claim the championship with a 2-0 win.
Sean Medeiros and Matt Baker led a balanced Blues attack with six points apiece in five games, while Cameron White had five and Greg Marks and James Turner tallied four.
UCC coach Carl Beaudoin credited the boys for their “tremendous team play and effort,” but unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough.
A silver medal and a strong performance through five games ends the season on a high for the Blues, which finished a disappointing sixth in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) standings this season. SAC claimed the CISAA regular season and playoff titles, so staying close in the final of this tournament against such a talented team is a tribute to the Blues’ tenacity over the weekend.