The Father Gabriel Richard-Greenhills hockey team didn’t exactly get a “lucky” draw in the Regional 23 playoffs but the Irish didn’t need any luck once they stepped on the ice.
FGR-Greenhills faced two programs with strong traditions in Allen Park and Chelsea but the Irish skated away with two wins to lock up a spot in Saturday’s Regional final at 2 p.m. in Chelsea against Cabrini – the Monarchs defeated Divine Child 4-1 on Thursday night.
FGR-Greenhills dominated Chelsea 6-0 in Thursday’s semifinal game at the Arctic Coliseum. The Irish, who outshot the Bulldogs 42-12, led 3-0 after one period and 4-0 after two periods.
Edwin Zishiri had three goals on the night to lead the Irish. Aidan Brewer scored twice and Cam Tan netted a goal for the Irish, who improve to 18-7-1 on the season. Riley Noble posted the shutout in goal.
“We came into Regionals playing well,” said Coach Clint Robert. “We had a nice last week of the season and played really well. We won three games by a combined score of 21-9. It’s been a lot about defense for us. We are really putting things together and clicking at the right time.”
The Irish opened up the playoffs on Monday with an impressive 4-3 win over the Allen Park Jaguars.
Keegan Moore, Riley Noble, Cam Tan and Vincent Vermeulen scored for the Irish against the Jaguars. The game was close from the opening drop of the puck to the final whistle. The score was tied 1-1 after one period and 3-3 after two periods.
“Three of our goals were scored on the power play and it’s something we’ve been working on so that was nice to see the hard work pay off,” Robert said.