Regi Panthers claim gold in KASSAA hockey finals

The Regi Panthers boys hockey team clinched the win at the KASSAA championships on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

Kingston Secondary School (KSS) faced off against Regiopolis-Notre Dame (Regi, RND) on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, as the boys’ varsity hockey teams battled for gold. The teams went head-to-head at the Invista Centre, both teams were determined to take home a win in the finals.

The Regi Panthers started the play with ferocity, quickly taking the lead with a goal by Captain Tanner Hawkins, assisted by Owen Lutz and Tanner White. The lead was then widened by an unassisted goal from Aaron Leeman, leading to a score of 2-0 in favour of the Panthers to end the first period.

The KSS Bears tried to claw their way back in the second period with a goal by Liam Campbell, but the 2-1 score still favoured the Panthers. Shortly after, however, Leeman scored again for RND, with the goal assisted by David Duggin and Owen Lutz. This left the score at 3-1, the Panthers leading by two goals going into the third period.

KSS opened the scoring in the third period with a goal by Brandon Tenenhouse, assisted by Bears Captain Stuart Darby. The Bears closed the gap with another goal with 5:51 left on the clock, when Nick Quesnel tied up the game for his team hoping to steal the win from the Panthers.

Both teams fought hard to break the tie and take the gold back to their schools, and Tanner Hawkins found — and took — the opportunity to score the game winning-goal for Regi with one minute and fifteen seconds left in regulation. While the Bears attempted to come back and send the game into overtime, their chances came to an end when Tanner White scored for Regi, ending the game with a score of 5-3 in the Panthers’ favour.

The medals were given to both teams and all were commended for their performance in the final game of the high school hockey season. Hawkins took the trophy back to the Panthers, the team ecstatic after their big win.

The cheers from the stands filled the arena as the Panthers dropped their sticks and gloves for a celebratory huddle. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

Panthers Coach Greg White said he thought the team played well and really came together to get the win.

“A team effort, from the bottom to the top, these guys came together the whole season, but especially came all together today,” White expressed after the Panthers’ big win.

“In a game like this, with the biggest game on the line, they all came together as a team and they pulled it off in the end.”

Captain Tanner Hawkins was extremely proud of his team’s performance, as well as his own, having been the player to open the scoring, as well as scoring the tie-breaking, game-winning goal.

“Getting two goals and getting that game winner is nice. I think we played really good, keeping it simple, playing RND hockey,” Hawkins said following the game.

“That’s what is going to happen when we play our way.”

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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