In their third season back in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League, the Lorette Scorpions have won the Winnipeg High School Hockey B-division championship on March 4.
Riley Nagy, a Grade 12 forward, scored the winning goal with five minutes left in the third period to lift the Scorpions to a 3-2 victory over the defending champion Shaftesbury Titans on Sunday at the MTS Iceplex. Lorette won the best-of-three series 2-0 after posting a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday.
Nagy, Kevin Holden and team captain Jesse Fraser were members of the team under head coach Laird Laluk when the Scorpions started up again three years ago, after a lengthy absence from the WHSHL.
“This is just unbelievable; it means so much to us. I really thought it would take another two years after I was gone before we’d win the cup. I’m so happy I got to be a part of it,” said Nagy. “Everyone on this team made a huge commitment to the program; we’re on the ice at 7 a.m. three days a week for practice and two games a week. Our coaches have had such a good influence on us and our grit — that’s what made the difference for us this year.”
Frazer was also named the Winnipeg High School B-division tournament most valuable player.
The Lorette Scorpions made it to the playoffs in its first year and to the final four last year.
Fresh off their first win since the reintroduction of high school hockey at Lorette Collegiate, the Scorpions won the Winnipeg High School Hockey B-division championship.