Garden City claims High School boys’ hockey championship
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Leave it to the Gophers to keep digging — all the way to a Winnipeg High School Hockey League championship.
After getting stomped in Game 1 on Monday, the Garden City boys squad hustled its way to a pair of victories over the two-time defending champion St. Paul’s Crusaders — including a 4-3 overtime win Thursday — to clinch the best-of-three Platinum Promotions (division 1) championship.
Garden City centre Lucas Desousa registered a hat-trick at Seven Oaks Sportsplex, including the game winner with 3:42 left in the 10-minute, three-on-three OT session when he jumped on a turnover near his own blue line and raced in alone.
Crusaders forward Dario Macchia had tied the game with six seconds left in regulation time. Noah Brigg and Samuel Monnin also scored for the Crusaders.
Colson Smith also scored for Garden City, which led 1-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks.
Evan Banera stopped 26 shots in the Gophers net, while Marc Samyn made 23 saves between the pipes for St. Paul’s.
St. Paul’s, which had won four of the last five WHSHL top-division titles, joins Garden City at the upcoming Manitoba AAAA provincial hockey championship.