Warriors preparing for success at OFSAA tournament
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The QEDHS Warriors boys hockey team is preparing for their trip to the OFSAA championship tournament after their thrilling NORWOSSA gold medal victory.
Their series against the Fort Frances Muskies had a mix of every emotion and on-ice scenario. The Warriors are looking to use the adversity they built up from that series to gain even more success at OFSAA.
“Our confidence is unbreakable. The series with Fort Frances really drove home that when we play our way, and stick to the game plan, the outcomes will go our way as well,” Warriors head coach Karl Schulz explained.
Over the past week, the Warriors celebrated their NORWOSSA gold, which included a pep rally at the high school March 8. It gave the team a chance to show off their new gold medal, and to also hear from their supporters. Guest speakers at the rally drove home what this team means for the community, and pointed out that they have an even bigger chance to attain something special at OFSAA.
“You guys winning the NORWOSSA gold couldn’t have happened to a more deserving and fitting team,” said Keewatin Patricia District School Board Director of Education Sean Monteith.
“You guys showed exactly what determination can do…You guys did something that is truly special for Queen Elizabeth District High School, the past and present Warriors hockey program, and for the community of Sioux Lookout,” said QEDHS Principal Wayne Mercer.
The Warriors hockey team is also working to raise the money to travel to OFSAA. Players from the team sold raffle tickets for a houseboat trip at Fresh Market Foods on March 10 and 11. The draw will be on March 17 at 6 p.m. in their dressing room at Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena. Donations can be directly given to the school or anyone affiliated with the team.
The Warriors will be opening up the OFSAA tournament when they face Leaside (Toronto) in the first game at 7 a.m. on March 20. The complete OFSAA schedule can be seen at http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/boys-a-aa-hockey/schedules-results/competition-schedules.