The Muskie boys’ hockey team faces a pair of must-win games today if they are to have any chance of advancing to the quarter-finals of the all-Ontarios in London.
Fort High faced the 20th-ranked Fr. John Redmond Redhawks this afternoon (the outcome was not known by press time), then will square off against the fifth-seeded Our Lady of Mount Carmel Crusaders tonight.
The black-and-gold’s playoff hopes suffered a big blow yesterday afternoon when they fell 5-1 to the 12th-ranked Leaside Lancers after having battled back to tie the 13th-seeded Orangeville Bears 3-3 that morning.
Tommy Mastoras, a Grade 11 student at Leaside, was practically a one-man wrecking crew, netting a hat trick and two assists against the Muskies.
Terry Kellar scored Fort High’s lone goal—unassisted—in the third period.
Heading into this afternoon’s action, Leaside was in first place in Pool ‘D’ with four points (and a +6 goals differential) after beating the Crusaders 5-3 this morning.
Orangeville sits in second place with a win and a tie for three points (and a +6 differential) while Mount Carmel holds third with two points (and a minus-1).
The Muskies are fourth with one point and a minus-4 differential, followed by the Redhawks in last place.
Even if Fort High wins both their games today, they won’t know their fate until the final pool game late tomorrow morning between Orangeville and Mount Carmel.
If the Muskies wind up tied for first or second, the tie-breaker will be based on head-to-head record, followed by the goals differential.
The top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the quarter-finals starting tomorrow afternoon. The semi-finals and finals go Saturday.