The Malvern Collegiate Institute Black Knights Junior boys hockey team won the Toronto District School Board city championship with a thrilling victory over Northern Secondary School Red Knights that took three periods of overtime and shootout before finally being decided.
The game ended tied 3-3 after regulation time, and after three periods of sudden-death overtime it went to a shootout.
With three shooters per team set for the shootout, Northern was up first and scored on their first attempt.
Malvern’s first two shooters, Jack Waslen and Quinn Plaxton, both scored and Black Knights’ goalie Owen Taylor stoned the remaining two Northern shooters to secure the victory.
Comebacks were the name of the game for Malvern in the contest as the Black Knights twice battled back from deficits three times, including being down by two goals heading into the third period.
Northern opened the scoring in the game, but it was quickly tied up by Malvern’s Sam Parks.
Northern then went up 3-1 to end the second period, but before the Black Knights mounted their comeback.
Nic Reaume scored early in the third to bring Malvern within one, and Quinn Plaxton tied it up with three minutes left in regulation time with a nice end-to-end rush.
The city championship game was a rematch of the Malvern Winter Classic outdoor game played in late February at Kew Gardens between the Malvern and Northern Juniors. That game also went to a shootout, which Malvern won 3-2.
Members of the Malvern Black Knights Junior boys hockey team are Owen Taylor, Eric Forde, Luke Raposo, Charlie Miller, Ryan Ream-Neal, Eric Butler, Nathan Turner, Jack Warren, Matthew Shinozaki, Sam Parks, Thomas Johannsen-Hill, Jack Waslen, Luke Bieber, Quinn Plaxton, Jackson Torrance, Nic Reaume, and Bryce Azim-Wong. Coaches are Rob Salvatore, Anthony Squarciotta and Cole Bremner.