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Alex De Carolis of Sarnia will try to help the HFX Wanderers win the Canadian Premier League championship Saturday.

Professional soccer player Alex De Carolis of Sarnia, Ont. (Contributed Photo/Postmedia Network File)

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De Carolis aims for championship

Alex De Carolis of Sarnia will try to help the HFX Wanderers win the Canadian Premier League championship Saturday.

The Halifax-based Wanderers will play the defending champion, Hamilton’s Forge FC, in the final at 2 p.m. (CBC) in Charlottetown.

De Carolis, a 27-year-old defender, is in his second season with the Wanderers. He played the previous three seasons in Sweden.

This is the second season for the eight-team soccer league. Its schedule was shortened this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and nicknamed The Island Games.

The Wanderers went 3-1-3 in the first stage to qualify for the group stage, where they placed second with a 1-1-1 record.

They’d already qualified for the championship game before losing 5-0 to Pacific FC in the group stage finale Tuesday. De Carolis played 45 minutes and ranked second on the team in passing accuracy at 87.5 per cent on 16 passes.

If Saturday’s final is tied after 90 minutes, then the teams will go straight to penalty kicks. There will be no extra time.


Sting alum Hinz traded to IceDogs

Former Sarnia Sting forward Brady Hinz is on the move again.

Hinz has been traded to the Niagara IceDogs from the Peterborough Petes for a conditional 15th-round pick in the 2022 Ontario Hockey League draft.

The 20-year-old from Stratford is going into his overage season.

“We are thrilled to add Brady to our organization,” IceDogs general manager Joey Burke said in a statement. “I have been a fan of his for years. He has a high skill level, and plays a style very conducive to how we like to do things in Niagara.”

Hinz played 1½ seasons with the Sting after being a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. He had 53 points in 101 games with Sarnia.

He was sent to Peterborough at the trade deadline in January 2018 as part of the deal for Jonathan Ang.

“Brady was a valued member of the Petes family for the past three seasons,” Petes general manager Michael Oke said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of the effort and skill he brought to our team, as well as the leadership he provided both on and off the ice.”

Hinz has 129 points in 248 career games in four seasons.


Weir shoots 1 over in first round

Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove shot a 1-over 73 in the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance Championship on Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Weir had three birdies and four bogeys in the round.

Jim Furyk was in first place after shooting an 8-under 64.


Lightning oust Martin, Islanders

Ex-Sarnia Sting forward Matt Martin’s season ended with the New York Islanders’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday in Edmonton.

The Lightning won the NHL Eastern Conference final in six games.

They’ll play the Dallas Stars in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Edmonton.

Martin, 31, had five goals and one assist in 22 post-season games.