The Bishop Canevin hockey team needed to win Monday night against Elizabeth Forward to still have a chance to make the playoffs. After rallying from a 2-0 hole to tie the game at 3, the next goal was going to decide the game. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, that goal went to EF with under 8 minutes left in regulation time. BC had no more rallies left and the 4-3 loss to the Warriors ended the Crusaders’ season at the Ice Castle Arena.
Elizabeth Forward had a 1-0 after one period, the lead increased to two on a power play goal just after 3 minutes into the second period. Canevin needed the next goal and got from Cameron Ropchock, his 19th of the season, assisted by Chase Evans. That goal came with under 7 minutes left in the second period and made the score 2-1, which was the score after two periods.
EF scored a short-handed goal just 31 seconds into the final period and the Crusaders were down two goals again. Just over 5 minutes later Chase Evans scored an unasssisted power play goal to cut the lead back down to one. Just two minutes after that Evans scored again, his 13th goal of the season from an Ian Lecker assist and the game was finally back even. The next goal would most likely be the game winner.
That goal was scored by Elizabeth Forward only 80 seconds after Evans had tied the game. The Crusaders spent the last 7 minutes trying to tie the game, but were unable to do so, despite finishing the game with 40 shots on goal.
The loss eliminates Canevin from playoff contention and they finish the season with a 7-11-0 record. The team did have a winning record after starting the season with a 1-5-0 record, a sign of their growth throughout the season. Cameron Ropchock lead the team with 19 goals and finished 6th in the PIHL Class B in goals scored. Chase Evans lead the team with 19 assists, placing him in 8th place in Class B in that stat. Evans lead the team with 32 points, 12th in Class B, Ropchock was close behind with 28 points, good enough for 16th in Class B. Both Evans and Ropchock represented Bishop Canevin in the PIHL All-Star Game last month.