Holy Cross takes shutout victory to win KASSAA gold

Holy Cross goalie Ava Webster holds up her team’s winning trophy for the Holy Cross students in attendance after the team won the KASSAA girls’ hockey finals on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

Napanee District Secondary School (NDSS) and Holy Cross Secondary School (HC) took to the ice on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, as their varsity girls’ hockey teams faced off for gold. The two teams battled it out at the Invista Centre at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, both looking for the top spot for girls’ hockey in the Kingston Area Secondary School Athletic Association (KASSAA).

The two teams proved to be well-matched. In the Holy Cross net, Ava Webster set up to help her team keep pucks out, and completed the game without a single puck passing by her — a shutout against NDSS. Holy Cross played an impressive defensive game, securing the win for the team in parallel with Webster’s shutout.

Webster said she was proud of her team, applauding them for their hard work on the ice. She said she was also proud of her own performance, completing the final game with no goals against her.

“I thought I did pretty well, I am not gonna lie,” Webster commented with a smile.

“We got a lot of pucks deep, so that was really helpful — I didn’t have to make as many saves.”

The winning goal of the game was made by Dylan Trickey, who, with help from her team, was able to start the scoring with 4:47 left of regulation time. The goal was assisted by number 18 for Holy Cross, Gates McAllister.

“There was a good all around effort from the team, we just worked really hard,” Trickey stated.

“We were getting pucks out, and we got them deep. It was a good game.”

Holy Cross finalized their win with a last goal by Peyton Armstrong in the closing 25 seconds of the game, scoring an empty net goal against the Hawks, and securing the Holy Cross varsity girls hockey team a place at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships later in March.

Rylie Snider is the inaugural member of the Kingstonist NextGen team, dedicated to fostering the passion and knowledge of local youth writers and reporters while highlighting the vibrant sports, arts, and social scenes of the younger generations in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
A Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School student, Snider is dedicated to keeping people updated on everything going on in our schools, and her coverage focuses on everything, from local sports and theatre, to fundraising events and opportunities for students in the area.
For more information on the Kingstonist NextGen team, email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

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