Women Sharks take bronze in Challenge Cup

In this Friday, March 11, 2016 photo provided by St. Lawrence College, the SLC Sharks women's team poses after winning bronze at the Challenge Cup Invitational in Brantford, Ont. (SLC via Newswatch Group)

BRANTFORD, Ont. – The St. Lawrence College Sharks women’s hockey team has taken bronze at the Challenge Cup Championship.

They defeated Fleming College 2-1 in the bronze medal game Friday (March 11).

Team spokesman Kevin Biggs said the back-to-back champions had wanted to capture gold but were still positive with their performance.

The Sharks had won the opening game 2-1 against the host Wilfrid-Laurier Golden Hawks and had beat Sault College 2-1 in the final round robin game. They also defeated Georgian College 3-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Cornwall women’s hockey team lost in a shootout 2-1 to the University of Toronto-Scarborough.

“To end the season with only two regulation losses is something to be proud of. We are so proud of this team who will go home with a bronze, doing so with class,” coach Mike Pettinella said.

“They put it all on the line today. It’s an empty feeling to have this year, but it’s still an excellent accomplishment for us. It will mean more to us down the road but right now we feel pretty heartbroken,” co-coach Sean Boulerice added.

The Sharks finish their season with a record of 14-2-1 with two gold medals from invitationals and a top three finish in the Challenge Cup.