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UCC wins Barrow Varsity Hockey Tournament

Upper Canada College hosted the 10th annual Barrow Varsity Hockey Tournament from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 and the home team emerged victorious for the third straight year.

Six other teams were invited to take part in the tournament, and UCC opened on Friday with a 3-0 win over Appleby College and followed that by defeating St. Michael’s College School 3-1 to advance to a semi-final game against Ridley College the next night.

UCC opened the scoring in the second period, but Ridley tied it up in the next frame and extended the game to overtime. Strong goaltending prevailed and neither team could put the puck in the net, forcing a second overtime period. UCC finally put an end to the game at 4:23 of the fifth period of hockey.

The Blues didn’t get much time to rest after all of that hockey on Saturday night, as the squad had to take the ice again at 1 p.m. on Sunday in a rematch against St. Michael’s to decide the champion. This was another nail-biter as UCC, with three injured forwards and two injured defencemen, was forced to play a tight defensive game. The strategy worked as the Blues once again got excellent netminding, scored late in the third period and held on as St. Mike’s pulled its goalie to gain an extra attacker and put the pressure on in an attempt to tie things up.

The 1-0 win by the Blues gave it the Barrow title for the third consecutive year and sets them up for the Cross-Border Shoot-Out, where 12 U16, junior varsity and varsity teams will take to the two ice pads at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7.

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