Just one goal between bantam girls and gold
by Randy Pascal
Just a single goal separated the Sudbury Bantam "B" Lady Wolves and a championship banner as the locals made it all the way through to the
gold medal encounter of the Orangeville Sweetheart Tournament last weekend.
Three straight wins paved the way to the finals before the Lady Wolves were felled 1-0 by the Aurora Tigers in a battle of two very well-matched
teams. The Sudbury girls kicked things off Friday night, dousing the Clarington Flames 4-1 on goals from Kamryn Hammell, Jacinta Eashkakogan,
Allie Miller and Abigail Lanteigne.
The locals would get their first taste of the eventual opponents in the grand finale, squeezing past Aurora 1-0 in preliminary round play as Jessica
Ouimet recorded the shutout, with Katelyn Lee burying the game-winning goal.
It was cruise control time come Sunday morning as the Lady Wolves bounced the host Orangeville Tigers 7-0, with Eshkakogan and Raeleigh
Chartier pacing the attack with two goals each, while Jess Trottier followed directly in the footsteps of her goaltending partner between the
pipes, extending the shutout streak to two full games.
Rounding out the Sudbury scoring were Miller, Lanteigne and Kirstin Fahey. The rematch with the Tigers featured a solitary goal from Zoe
Carson less than two minutes into the game, with the snipe standing as the only tally that was needed for Aurora.
The balance of the Bantam "B" Lady Wolves roster includes Cecilia Anderson, Sydney Burton, Carley Burton, Julia Hayes, Emma Dyer, Katelyn Guzzo,
Gabriella Elizabeth Moggy and Abby Soehner.
Heading up the team staff are head coach Clay Burton, assistant coaches Gene Guzzo and J.J. Anderson, manager Randy Ouimet and team
trainer Sara Burnside.
Last weekend would also see the commencement of Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL) playoffs for a trio of Sudbury teams. The Sudbury
Bantam "AA" Lady Wolves surprised the higher ranked Mississauga Chiefs in the opener, but would fall victim to a serious regrouping effort
from their opponents for game two.
Goals from Ashtyn Denomme, Kelsey Dunn and Tessa Favero helped power the northern crew to an initial 3-1 win, with the Chiefs avenging that to the
tune of a 4-1 scoreboard the next day. Emilee Pelletier managed the only Sudbury goal, with assists awarded to Aoife Mahaffy and Kristen
Mrozewski, the latter playing out when she is not strapping up the pads between the pipes.
A third and deciding game in that series is set for February 10th. The Sudbury Midget "A" Lady Wolves and Etobicoke Dolphins set the tone
for what should be an extremely close affair, playing to a 1-1 draw in game one, with Joelle Gagnon handling the offense for the locals.
Games two and three are set for February 10th and 11th. Finally, the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves will need a bounce-back come February 9th in
Barrie, looking to force game three back in Sudbury the very next day after falling 4-0 in their post-season ice-breaker with the Barrie Sharks.