CSS varsity hockey takes #1 spot

CSS varsity hockey takes #1 spot
CAYUGA—Leading the Cayuga Secondary School’s varsity boys hockey team this season is (l-r) Jarret Richardson (Assistant Captain), Liam Gillyatt (Captain), Lucas Ecker (Assistant Captain), and Issac Drehmer (Assistant Captain). The team has gone 10-1-1 in regular season and tournament play. —Photo courtesy of Joe Gillyatt.

By Haldimand Press Staff

CAYUGA—The varsity hockey team at Cayuga Secondary School won the Hurricanes Cup hosted by Hagersville Secondary School earlier this month.

CSS won all three of the round robin games, earning the first seed going into the championship round on March 8, 2023. Coach Ian Bethune explained, “We played Pauline Johnson in the semi-finals and won 5 to 2 and went on to face North Park in the finals. North Park came out strong to start the game and went up 2 to 0. The team quickly regrouped and started to take control of the game.” 

Lucas Ecker got things rolling “with a rocket from the point”, and Jarret Richardson kept it going “with a nice shot from the slot to even the score.”

The two teams entered the third at a draw, but only two minutes later “Ethan Kindree had an unbelievable solo effort for the game-winning goal. The team played a smothering defensive game to close out the championship.”

Corbyn Stewart tended the net for the semi-final game against Pauline Johnson and made some big saves to keep CSS in the tournament. Matthew Dzenekoj took over goaltending for the finals and “made great saves to give the team a chance at the comeback. The game was a strong team effort up and down the lineup,” said Bethune.

Cayuga Secondary School 2022-23 Varsity Boys Hockey Team

This tournament follows a strong season for the CSS team, who also won the league championship over Waterford. Bethune added, “Combined season and tournament play the boys went 10 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie.”

Bethune said it was “a pleasure” for both himself and Coach Passfield being at the helm of the team, which also had “a great leadership core in (players) Liam Gillyatt, Isaac Drehmer, Lucas Ecker, and Jared Richardson that pushed the team in the right direction all year.”

Congratulations to all players!