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Friday, May. 25, 2018
Playdowns packed into Snowflake Challenge
by Randy Pascal

Mixed in the middle of the Snowflake Challenge Girls Hockey Tournament this weekend are several key "playdown" games, with berths in the OWHA (Ontario Women's Hockey Association) provincials in Ottawa on the line.

While none of the Sudbury Lady Wolves contingent have yet to taste defeat, neither are the Midget "AA" girls any closer to advancing following a tough 1-1 tie with the North Bay Ice Boltz Friday afternoon at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

The visitors opened the scoring midway through period two as Chloe Dion broke free of her backcheck, picking up a goal mouth pass and making no mistake. Sudbury knotted the contest at one late in the middle stanza as Kennedy Lanktree backhanded home the equalizer.

The four-point series (this is the case for all two team OWHA playdowns) resumes on (Sunday) February 24th at the Memorial Gardens in North Bay. The Midget "AA" ladies were also knocked off 2-1 by the Saugeen Shores Storm later in the evening, as a second period goal from Karli Shell went for naught with the Storm scoring twice in the final six minutes to secure the win.

Over at the Garson Arena, the Sudbury Atom "B" Lady Wolves rode a three-goal performance from Katie Chomiak and two-goal effort from Isabella Becker, blanking the North Bay Atom "B" Ice Boltz 5-0.

Kristen Mrozewski recorded the shutout, with the teams slated to resume play next Saturday (Feb 24th) at 1:00 p.m. at the Pete Palangio Arena in North Bay. The Peewee "C" Lady Wolves were slated to face the West Nipissing Sting, only to find out their opponents had decided to opt-out of provincials, clearing the way for an automatic entry for the locals.

The Bantam "AA" Lady Wolves received a pair of goals from Brooke Kennedy last weekend, blanking North Bay 4-0 as Mikayla Lekun registered the shutout. Game two in that series is also set for February 24th at the Palangio.

The Novice "B" match-up between Sudbury and North Bay will raise the curtain this Sunday (Feb. 17th) with an 11:30 a.m. battle at the Memorial Gardens in North Bay, while the Midget "A" tête a tête starts next Sunday in Coniston, with an 11:30 a.m. puck drop.

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