For their first time in history the Sault College Women’s Hockey team will head north for home as champions of OCCCR hockey after two days of competition hosted by Wilfred Laurier University – Brantford at the Wayne Gretzky Centre.
The Cougars entered the championships as the number 6 seed and opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory over 3 seed Fanshawe College (London) Thursday. Friday morning saw the Sault squad up against the top ranked defending champions in St. Lawrence College (Cornwall) and in a tightly fought contest dropped a 3-2 decision.
In the quarter finals, the Cougars found their offensive spark and bested Mohawk College (Hamilton) 4-1 to punch their ticket into the semi finals. Looking for their first ever spot in the final the Cougars roared out to a 3-0 lead against Fleming College (Peterborough) only to see the Knights respond with 2 quick goals to trim the lead. With a staunch defense and great goaltending the Sault held on for the 3-2 victory and a berth in the final.
In the final, the Cougars faced off against the 2nd seeded University of Toronto Scarborough – a team they lost to in the 2015 semi finals. In a spectacular final that saw both teams play spirited hockey and each score once in the opening two periods it looked like the championship was heading to a shootout. But with 2 minutes left to play the Sault found the back of the net to seal the victory 2-1 and take home their first championship in the team’s history.
20 plus colleges and universities compete under the OCCCR umbrella in the sport of hockey, playing numerous tournaments throughout the school year and culminating with the Championships each spring featuring the top 8 schools ranked based on tournament performances.