By Pengrui Cai
On Friday, March 3rd, the RSGC Knights varsity hockey team pulled off a well-deserved win against The Country Day School (CDS). The final score was 8-4, RSGC. They played their final Division 2 game at Leaside Memorial Gardens.
“Having lost to CDS 8 – 4 in the regular season, everyone on the team was really motivated to win.,” said Captain Rory Wilmer, grade 12. “We came out strong and played well enough to hold our lead throughout the game thanks to some good goaltending and defense.”
Players on both teams played tremendously well. Coming into the game, both teams looked stern, and it was clear tensions were high, judging by the looks given to each other. According to Ira Blumenthal, a forward for RSGC, they had lost to CDS a few days earlier by three goals. While it was a disastrous defeat by almost any standard, RSGC was looking to take revenge. The day looked especially bright as the Knights had previously won a game earlier in the morning, beating SAC 6-2.
Right off the start of the game, RSGC gained a breakaway within the first minute. Will Pearson scored the first goal of the game at 9:57, while Jack Day followed up with another one at 5:07. Tensions rose as CDS placed one past Will McEvoy (goaltender) at 4:30. During the second period, RSGC scored two more goals, with the latter from centre ice; however, CDS’s goalie made a few incredibly swift saves with his glove.
After a break, tensions rose higher during the third period as CDS scored two more goals. Then Pierre-Christof Ascherl, grade 11, stunned the crowd by tipping a snapshot off his stick and into the net. It was safe to say that CDS’s morale was utterly destroyed. After that, Jack Day and Simon Deshpande placed two more in the net. During the final 20 seconds, CDS pulled their goalie for a fifth player; however, the Knights played strong and ended the game at 8-4. They won 1st place in Division 2.
“I thought we brought the right mindset today, and we played one hell of a game,” said Ryan Gajer, grade 11.
Not only did the senior hockey team set an amazing goal that day, but the crowd cheering them on was “One of the biggest ever for a hockey game!” said Headmaster Steve Beatty. Around 22 students gave up their P3 spare and coordinated transportation over to the arena in Leaside. The RSGC fans made their presence known. As Owen Holland put it, “They were soooo loud!”