Perfection times two.
The Fanshawe Falcons women’s and men’s volleyball teams each completed an undefeated regular season on Sunday afternoon.
The men’s team has been ranked #1 in the country and went 18-0 in OCAA play, losing just two sets out of 56 all year. They will enter the post-season as the number one seed and will host a cross-over match against the Fleming Knights on Saturday, February 16 at 3 p.m. at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre.
The women’s team went unbeaten for the first time in their history. They sit #5 in the national rankings and will host a cross-over match at 1 p.m. on February 16.
Virtue and Moir named Sportspeople of the Year
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be honoured at the 63rd annual Start.ca Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction on April 1 at the London Convention Centre. Canada’s most decorated figure skaters have been named Sportspeople of the Year for 2018 and will be part of the event’s head table.
“When you think of all-time greatest Canadian athletes they have to be at or near the top,” said event chair Ryan Robinson. “When you combine the fact that they’re world-class people in addition to being world-class athletes, there was no doubt in our minds as to who was deserving of this year’s award.” Proceeds from the night benefit the Thames Valley Children’s Centre.
Western men’s squash team keeps streak going
For the 36th year in a row, the Western Mustangs have been crowed OUA champions in men’s squash. Western won their latest title in Niagara on the Lake on February 10. Mustang head coach Derek Moore points to the program started years ago by Jack Fairs that now attracts many of the best male squash players in the country to Western. The Mustangs are off to Yale on February 16 to take part in the CSA U.S. College squash championships.
Mustang Men’s hockey team secures third place
The Western Mustangs will enter the OUA men’s hockey playoffs as the number three seed in the Western Conference. A 4-2 victory over the Lakehead Thunderwolves on February 8 clinched the spot for Western and also eliminated Lakehead. The Mustangs began the year with a record of 4-4, but not long after they went on a seven-game winning streak that vaulted them up the West standings. Western will face Laurier in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
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Hectic stretch for London Knights
The London Knights are tops in the Ontario Hockey League in goals per game, they have allowed fewer goals against than any other team and they have first overall within reach. But London has been dead last nearly all year in games played. The next two weeks will change that. The Knights have started nine games in 15 days in six different cities. They began it with a 6-3 win over Owen Sound and then dropped two 6-3 decisions in Saginaw and Sault Ste. Marie. The Knights next home game will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Guelph Storm and there are still tickets available.
Scott McDonald will represent Ontario at The Brier
Londoner Scott McDonald is headed to the 2019 Brier in Brandon, Man. in March. McDonald skipped his rink to the Ontario Men’s Curling Championship with an 8-2 victory over John Epping. McDonald cut his curling teeth at the Highland Curling Club in London. Brad Jacobs will once again represent Northern Ontario. Rachel Homan captured the Ontario Women’s Curling Championship. She advances to the Scotties, which runs Feb. 16 to 24 in Sydney, N.S.
Kovacevic keeps scoring
The legend being created by London soccer phenom Jade Kovacevic has truly gone international. Kovacevic scored her first goal for Italy’s Roma Calcio Femminile in a 3-0 victory over OU in Arezzo on Feb. 3. Before heading to Italy, she led Fanshawe to a provincial soccer title in the OCAA and was named CCAA Player of the Year. Kovacevic also scored 26 goals in 16 matches in the summer playing in League 1 Ontario with FC London.
Katelyn Gosling and Brittany Howard set for start of Canada-U.S. Rivalry Series
The Canada-U.S.A women’s hockey Rivalry Series will start on Tuesday at Budweiser Gardens and two players will get to play for their country on their home turf. Londoner Katelyn Gosling grew up playing London Devilettes and then starred at Western, eventually becoming captain of the Western Mustangs. She is currently a member of the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno.
Brittany Howard is from St. Thomas and also grew up playing Devilettes. She played NCAA at Robert Morris and is the school’s all-time leading scorer. She was selected 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.
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Nationals chasing Leamington
For much of the 2018-19 GOJHL season, the London Nationals sat on top of the Western Conference standings. But an injury to London goalie Zach Springer has taken a key ingredient out of the Nationals’ lineup. They had just one win in their past four games heading into action on Saturday, but Springer is apparently close to returning. London defeated Leamington to close the gap between the clubs to three points. The Flyers do have a game in hand and they have been living up to their name. They have been flying. Leamington has 14 wins in 15 games and sit in first place in the West.