Shootout win for Hawks in men’s hockey

Rob Della Mattia watches on as Humber’s offense attempts to score on WLU Brantford. (Alexandra Martino) Rob Della Mattia watches on as Humber’s offense attempts to score on WLU Brantford. (Alexandra Martino)
By Alexandra Martino

Humber College’s extramural hockey teams made it worth the trip to University of Toronto Scarborough campus for their first tournament of 2015.

The men’s hockey team made their third appearance in a tournament final a successful one,  defeating St. Lawrence College – Cornwall in a shootout. The women’s team came third in their block and went on to win their consolation game.

The men’s matchup was not the first meeting of these two teams this season. SLC Cornwall handed Humber a defeat in a tournament final at Humber last semester.

“I think the team wanted to exact some revenge for that loss,” said Mark Wright, the head coach of the men’s team.

SLC Cornwall was not about to allow Humber that payback easily, outplaying the team for the better part of the game.

Humber allowing their opponents to gain the upper hand in key games is a common setback, according to Wright.

“I feel that we get a little complacent at times. We outscored our opponents 11-2 in round robin competition. Then when it comes time to play stronger teams, we aren’t ready for it because the players have dropped their level of play,” said Wright.

The men’s team was down 4-1 at the beginning of the third period but managed to score three goals to end regulation time tied.

The game going to a shootout was to Humber’s advantage due to their strength on the offensive side.

“We have fire power offensively but we need to work on our defence,” said left winger Mike Doran, a second year paralegal student.

Rob Della Mattia, the Humber goalie, was able to block SLC Cornwall’s shots helping Humber win the shootouts and the tournament.

The women’s extramural team was not as successful as the men in round robin competition, losing both of their games 2-1 in shootouts.

“It’s our first tournament of the year, so we had a few cobwebs,” said defence player Madison Burrell, a second year developmental services student at Lakeshore campus.

Those cobwebs were easy for opponents to take advantage of in their first match, catching Humber off guard with their determination.

“I was not expecting Seneca to be that good, they had fewer players than we did but they played hard,” said Burrell.

The tournament was not a complete loss for the women’s team despite the slow start.

Goalie Kenzie Bertrand played an impressive tournament in spite of the losses, keeping her team in their games and ultimately shutting out Lakehead University – Orillia 3-0 in the consolation game.

The men’s and women’s teams hope to replicate their successful finishes in their next tournament at Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford campus on Feb. 13.