The St. Clair Saints ended an impressive season with another dominant performance.
First Place Saints (8-0) finished the Ontario Football Conference regular season with a dominating 62-0 over the Greater Toronto Area Grizzlies (0-8) on Sunday at Acumen Stadium.
“We have successfully achieved one of our goals in the regular season, but the real season is now,” said Saints head coach Mike LaChance, whose team will host Hamilton (3-5) in the semifinals on Saturday. “Our players understand the seriousness of what lies ahead and the challenge Hamilton presents us. There is never a team that you can overlook, regardless of the records.”
Enzey Youyoute got things rolling on Sunday with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Quarterback Matthew Guenette hit Jared Hayes-Williams with a six-yard touchdown pass and Tristan Rutherford with a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Saints had five hasty touchdowns with Jonathan Cartier scoring from three yards, Javier Lewis on a 30-yard run, Tyson Greene on a six-yard run, Jarrel Pappin on a five-yard run and Jason Nuzum on a 10-yard run . Preston Knight had seven converts and Connor Rafferty had one convert and two singles, while the Grizzlies allowed two collaterals.
Vipers match suspended
The LaSalle Vipers’ game with the London Nationals had to be stopped in the third period on Sunday due to an injury.
The Vipers trailed 5-4 with 12:28 to play in the third period, but the Western Conference game in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League was halted after London defender Michael Kopcok was taken off the ice after a hit . He was later released from the hospital.
The two teams will then meet in LaSalle on December 4, when the match could potentially be completed.
Sagittarius empowers 73’s
Jacob Archer scored a couple of goals and led the Essex 73’s to a 4-2 road win over the Blenheim Blades in the Bill Stobbs Division game in the Provincial Junior Hockey League on Sunday.
Liam Hall and Gabe Barrette scored some goals for the 73’s (4-1-0-0), while goalkeeper Adrian McBride made 26 saves against the Blades (2-2-0-0).
Admirals empty Thunderhawks
Goalkeeper Josh Courtney earned his first in-game shutout from Bill Stobbs Division in the Provincial Junior Hockey League with a 24-save performance to help the Amherstburg Admirals to an 8-0 victory over the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks on Sunday.
Chris Bolton and Connor Demelo each scored a few goals and provided an assist for the Admirals (2-3-0-0). Mitchell Demelo, Owen Papukas, Jadyn Brown and Stefan Djordjevic scored some goals against the Thunderhawks (1-4-0-0).
Dropping Flags Canadiens
Defending champion Lakeshore Canadiens fell for the first time this season in the Bill Stobbs Division game in the Provincial Junior Hockey League on Saturday in a 7-5 road loss to the Mooretown Flags.
The Flags (3-1-0-0) jumped to a four-goal lead early in the second period and the Canadiens (3-1-0-0) never tied the score again.
Josh Chauvin scored twice for the Canadiens with Neil Garvey, Connor Fabel and Brandon Metcalfe adding some goals.
Laurel drops Lancers
The Laurier University Golden Hawks scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to pull out for a 49-11 win over the University of Windsor Lancers in OUA football action on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Running back Joey Zorn ran for 126 yards off 14 carriers and scored the Lancers’ only touchdown on a 66-yard run in the third quarter. Brady Lidster gave Windsor (2-3) the lone lead of the game with a 35-yard field goal to open the score and also added a third quarter rouge against Laurier (3-2).
Softball remains perfect
The St. Clair Saints scored another four wins over the weekend to stay perfect in the OCAA softball game.
On Sunday, the Saints (18-0) defeated second-place Humber 7-2 after knocking out Seneca 12-0 earlier in the day. On Saturday, the Saints scored a 6-3 win over Durham in third place after beating Sheridan 15-0 earlier in the day.
On Sunday, Amy Claydon and Alexis DiCarlo drove in three runs each while Shae-Lyn Murphy and Judy Lafleur each completed two hits against Humber (13-5). Against Seneca (5-13), Sierra Baltzer had four basehits and Amy Claydon batted in four runs to lead the Saints.
On Saturday, the Saints scored five runs in the sixth inning to pull away from Durham (14-6). Jacklyn Yewchyn had two hits and scored two runs. Bryanna Kressler and Julia Brusseau also had two hits each. Against Sheridan (4-13), Kressler and Claydon each accounted for four runs in a game that was canceled after three innings.
Saints baseball dominates
The St. Clair Saints on Saturday hit an OCAA baseball doubleheader against the Sheridan Bruins with scores of 15-3 and 7-0.
In the opener, Owen Findlay singled and scored three runs while Spencer Morin drove in three times against the Bruins (2-12). In the second game, righthander Sam McKinlay gave up only three basehits while striking out eight batters to earn the shutout. Hunter Appleyard had two hits and drove in three runs, while Ethan Paulos had three hits and scored three runs for the Saints (11-1).
St. Clair Football
The St. Clair Saints men’s team managed to clear a three-goal deficit at halftime to achieve a 3-3 draw with Sheridan in OCAA football action on Sunday after the club fell 2-1 against Humber on Saturday.
On Sunday, Mateo Grahovac kicked off Saints’ comeback with a goal on a penalty, but the club were still two behind with less than 10 minutes to play. Grahovac scored his second and Ilija Pavicic equalized in extra time against Sheridan (4-0-3).
On Saturday, Nestor Lopez even got the Saints late in the game, but first place Humber (7-0-0) got the winner in the 90th minute to go unbeaten.
It was a more difficult weekend for the women, as St. Clair (1-4-1) fell 4-0 to Sheridan (4-2-1) on Sunday and 2-0 to Humber (6-0-1) on Saturday. .
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