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Date Published:  November 27, 2007

Applefest 2007 provides healthy crop of medals for Lady Wolves

A wonderful early season measuring stick for a number of the Sudbury Lady Wolves rep hockey teams as all nine of the 2007-08 competitive squads travelled south on the weekend of October 12th-14th to take part in the Clarington Applefest 2007.

And while there may not have been a "bushel full" of gold medals that were returning to Sudbury, there were certainly a number of outstanding performances turned in by the local teams, led by a second straight tournament championship for the Midget AA Lady Wolves. Following is a quick rundown of the results for each of the Sudbury teams (along with goal scoring information and coaches' comments, if available):

Novice Lady Wolves

With the bulk of the Novice roster participating in the first competitive hockey tournament of their young careers, the staff of the team was surely looking to the Clarington Applefest as an ice-breaker for the young squad. With no real prior indication as to their relative competitiveness against teams from elsewhere in the Province, the Novices wandered into uncharted waters in their season-opening tournament.

The Novices returned home with a 1-2 record, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Gloucester-Cumberland Stars before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bearcats in their second game. Carley Bosse-Olivier and France Belanger handle the scoring duties in the win while Terri-Anne Dempsey gets credit for the shutout.

The final encounter of the preliminary round would see the Lady Wolves suffer a 5-2 loss at the hands of the host Clarington Flames. Carley Bosse-Olivier nets both Sudbury goals as the Novice girls prepare to head to Waterloo on the first weekend of November, battling Whitby, Clarington and London in their pool play.

Atom BB Lady Wolves

While the Atom BB Lady Wolves were one of five SDGHA teams to advance to the finals, none likely survived more heart-stopping games in working their way through to the championship encounter. Sudbury looked impressive in posting back to back 3-0 wins over London and Mississauga to open their round robin as goaltender Zoe Piquette racked up a pair of shutouts.

Offensively, the tandem of Kyla Boyd and Taylor McGaughey were leading the way, scoring three goals each in the first two games. Facing an Oakville team roster that included all but one Major Atom (the Lady Wolves' roster includes only one second year Atom), Sudbury were edged 3-2 as Darcy Whalen scored both goals for the local ladies.

With a 2-1 record that was enough to advance to the elimination semi-final game, the Lady Wolves spotted the Mississauga Chiefs an early 2-0 lead before storming back. Myla McCormick pulled the Wolves to within one in the second period and Meagan McGaughey netted the equalizer with 1:27 remaining, forcing the game to overtime and eventually a shootout.

After Melissa Kingsley scored on the opening Sudbury attempt and the Chiefs countered with their second shooter, it was Kyla Boyd that would net the game-winner on the fourth Lady Wolves shot, advancing the team to the final. A second straight one-goal game against the Oakville Hornets would see the girls fall 4-3 in a shootout as Darcy Whalen scored a pair in regulation time, with Taylor McGaughey adding the remaining Sudbury marker.

Lady Wolves' defenseman Haley Moskal was named as MVP of the championship game, although head coach Mike McGaughey notes that there were plenty of accolades available to his entire roster. "I thought our defense played really well throughout the tournament, Zoe (Piquette) made the big save when she needed to - our team really had an awesome tournament", noted McGaughey.

The Atom BB Lady Wolves next tournament action comes on the weekend of November 2nd - 4th as they, along with five or six of the remaining Wolves rep teams, head to Kitchener-Waterloo for the 6th annual Waterloo Ravens Fall Challenge Cup.

Atom A Lady Wolves

A familiar nemesis was all that stood between the Sudbury Atom A Lady Wolves and a season-opening tournament win. The Lady Wolves posted a 2-0-1 record in preliminary round play, advancing directly to the finals before falling 2-1 to the Gloucester-Cumberland Stars. Ironically for Sudbury head coach Steve Blinn, it was the Stars who would defeat the locals in two separate championship encounters one year ago as teams have developed a healthy rivalry and respect for one another.

Sudbury was hopeful of holding the upper hand this year after opening the Clarington event with a 1-0 win over Gloucester. Co-captain Karli Shell scored the game's only goal with 1:06 remaining and netminder Danika Lafrancois made it stand, registering the shutout.

The Lady Wolves remained unbeaten in game two, playing to a 2-2 tie with the Durham-West Lightning as Karli Shell and Sydney Walker scored goals just 12 seconds apart with just over a minute remaining in the game to give the Lady Wolves the come from behind draw.

A much more solid effort ensued as Sudbury blanked the Clarington Flames 4-0 with Danika Lafrancois posting her second shutout of the tournament. A balanced Lady Wolves' attack received goals from Emilia Mardero. Caitlyn Olive-Ferguson, Brittany Reinhardt and Karli Shell as the locals secured their berth in the championship game.

Facing the Stars for a second time, Sudbury outplayed and outshot their opponents but could not prevail where it mattered most - on the scoreboard - as Gloucester trimmed the Lady Wolves 2-1. Karli Shell closed out the tournament, netting her fourth goal in as many games as the team returned to Sudbury with Silver medals in hand.

"It was a good weekend together, allowing for plenty of team building", noted coach Blinn. "A great start to the year with a very positive outlook towards the future, especially the provincials in April." The second place performance came despite the absence of goaltender Alexi Kennedy who has been sidelined the past few weeks with a broken thumb. Her return, according to Blinn, will only help to strengthen an already solid lineup.

"I am very pleased with the girls' efforts this past weekend. They showed a lot of heart and I'm looking forward to working with this team for the rest of the season", said Blinn. The second year coach was especially pleased with the performance of three newcomers to girls hockey (Deidre Debassige, Kennedy Lanktree and Danika Lafrancois) and also with the leadership provided by his returning contingent of players from one year ago (co-captains Karli Shell and Sydney Walker, assistant captains Kathleen Bertuzzi and Sierra Scobie as well as Haley Blinn and Kassandra Lauzon.)

Forwards Madyson Tellier and Josee Emond round out the Atom A Lady Wolves roster while Blinn is supported by the likes of assistant coaches Ian Reinhardt, Craig Ferguson, Richard Walker and Chantal Bazinet, manager Stacie Reinhardt and trainer Tina Galipeau. The Atom A squad will also participate in the Waterloo Tournament, matched in a Pool that includes Sarnia, Burlington and Clarington.

Peewee B Lady Wolves

For a team that was touch and go in trying to field a second rep Peewee team for Sudbury given a definate lack of female netminders in the 1995 and 1996 age groupings, the Peewee B Lady Wolves fared quite well in picking up a win and two losses in their first tournament action of the year.The Sudbury Peewees kicked off the Applefest Challenge on a winning note, doubling the Barrie Sharks 4-2 as Manon Emond paced the Wolves attack with a two-goal effort. Emilie Martin and Samantha Fabiilli added the remaining markers while goaltender Emily Toffoli enjoyed a strong start to her girls rep hockey career.

The Windsor Wildcats downed the locals 3-0 in game two while the Oshawa Lady Generals squeezed past Sudbury 3-2 as the team narrowly missed advancing to the semi-finals against Sault Ste Marie. Emilie Martin and Everett Abresch scored for the Lady Wolves against Oshawa.

Peewee A Lady Wolves

Head coach Steve Boyd has made no secret of his plans to emphasize an overall team defense approach as a key for his Peewee A Lady Wolves team this year. His young ladies executed the approach to perfection through the first four games in Clarington before coming out flat in the championship final and returning to Sudbury as tournament runners-up.

The Peewee A squad posted a 2-0-1 record in the round robin games, allowing just a single goal against. The Wolves opened with a 0-0 tie with the Clarington Flames as Stephanie Pascal recorded the first of her three shutouts at the Clarington tournament.

Goals by Celina Robicheau and Hanna McLeod provided the offensive support as Sudbury edged St Clair Shores 2-1 before the team closed out preliminary round action with a 2-0 win over the Etobicoke Dolphins. Hanna McLeod and Jenna Gough scored for the locals, lifting the Lady Wolves to a semi-final match-up with the Belleville Bearcats.

Captain Renee Leclair would score the game's only goal and goaltender Pascal stood tall, especially in the dying minutes a Sudbury survived a Bearcats power-play with the Belleville goalie pulled as well as the team pulled out all stops trying to net the game-tying goal.

Unfortunately, the solid play of the Peewee A Lady Wolves ended after game four as the Clarington Flames trounced the Lady Wolves 6-1 in the final. Still, with four solid efforts in five games, coach Boyd remained pleased in looking at the big picture.

"The girls had an extremely productive weekend", said Boyd. "As you can see from our first four games, our goaltending and team defensive concept stood out. Everyone contributed at one point in time throughout the weekend, as a team, which was very nice to see. Despite coming out flat in the finals, I am very pleased with the overall results from this weekend - it's a great weekend to build off of going to our next tournament at Waterloo," added the former Sudbury Nickel Capital head coach.

Bantam B Lady Wolves

Goal scoring was at a premium for the Bantam Lady Wolves teams as both squads struggled in finding the back of the net. The Bantam B Lady Wolves still managed to pick up a victory against two losses, blanking the host Clarington Flames 1-0 after dropping a 2-0 decision to the Peterborough Ice Kats in their tournament opening game.

Maddy Pos scored the only Sudbury goal while Taylor Harrigan picked up the shutout against the Flames. The locals closed out tournament play with a 1-0 loss to the North Durham Blades. The Bantam B Lady Wolves will be among the Sudbury contingent heading to Waterloo in early November.

Bantam A Lady Wolves

Playing in a Bantam "AA" grouping at the Clarington Tournament, the Sudbury Bantam "A" Lady Wolves were clearly challenged, suffering three consecutive losses and not registering a goal. The locals were shutout by Quebec Lac St Louis (2-0), the Hamilton Hawks (5-0) and finally the Willowdale Red Wings (3-0). Hopefully, the additional experience of playing up one classification will prove helpful when the team resumes tournament play in Waterloo.

Midget AA Lady Wolves

Make it two for two for the Midget "AA" Lady Wolves who once again survived some tense moments before walking away with Gold. Sudbury opened tournament play with a 3-2 win over the Gloucester-Cumberland Stars as Morgan McCrory, Kelsey Smith and Leslie Taylor all found the back of the net for the Lady Wolves.

The locals made it back to back wins, stopping the Cambridge Roadrunners 4-1 as defenseman Josee Belanger rifled home a pair of goals in the win. Micheline Frappier and Maxine Baronette scored the remaining Sudbury goals as the team continues to get scoring from all three forward lines.

The team's toughest round robin matchup in game three as the Lady Wolves play the Whitby Wolves to a one all draw as Valerie Valiquette finds the mark for Sudbury and goaltender Sheema Taylor of Parry Sound turns aside 19 of the 20 shots directed her way.

Playing the Gilmour Academy in the tournament semi-final, Sudbury once again display their impressive firepower, doubling the Gilmour Girls 4-2 as Micheline Frappier, Morgan McCrory, Kelsey Smith and Danielle Rancourt score one goal apiece in the win.

Off to the finals and an "all-Wolves" matchup as Sudbury and Whitby prepare for a highly anticipated rematch. A goal-scoring hero in the tournament victory in Stoney Creek, veteran Micheline Frappier is at it again, netting the game-winner with just 56 seconds remaining in overtime as Sudbury pulls out a 1-0 win. Rotating with returning netminder Vanessa Jacques, Sheema Taylor is back in for the final, registering her first shutout of tournament.

The Sudbury Midget AA Lady Wolves are back in tournament action in early November, although their schedule takes them to the nation's capital for the 11th Annual NCCP Women's Hockey Tournament from November 9th to 11th.

Intermediate A Lady Wolves

The Intermediate "A" Lady Wolves closed out a very successful weekend of tournament play for the Sudbury contingent, becoming the fifth of nine local entries to advance to a championship game. The Wolves got things started on the right foot, blanking the Markham-Stouffville Stars 4-0 as Lindsey Smith notched the whitewash between the pipes for the locals.

Kathryn Corbiere scored a pair of goals to lead the Sudbury attack with Andrea Hyde and Mackenzie Foley netting singles. The team appeared to be in solid control in game two, taking a 2-0 lead into the final three minutes on goals from Mackenzie Foley and Kayla Brunet. But the Oshawa Lady Generals scored twice on deflections late in the game to escape with a 2-2 tie.

Undaunted, the Lady Wolves improved to 2-0-1 with a 3-1 win over the Brampton Canadettes as Melissa Camirand, Kathryn Corbiere and Kayla Brunet scored to secure a semi-final berth for head coach Fred Taylor and company. With goaltender Rebecca Fabiilli backstopping the locals with four key breakaway saves, the Lady Wolves downed the Mississauga Chiefs 3-1 on goals from Kathryn Corbiere, Jessica McWatch and Melissa Camirand.

The Scarborough Sharks provide the opposition in the championship encounter and a very tightly contested game remains scoreless until late in the second period when the Sharks opened the scoring on the power-play. Scarborough would add two more goals as Sudbury goes 0-6 with the man advantage, falling 3-0 to the Sharks.


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