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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
LLFHL regular season schedule winding down
by Randy Pascal

Far more good news than bad news to report, as the four Sudbury Lady Wolves teams that compete in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL) were back in action, full force, last weekend.

The Bantam "AA" Lady Wolves registered one of their biggest wins of the year, knocking off the previously unbeaten Brampton Canadettes 5-3, but struggled a little to maintain that momentum, finishing the weekend at 2-1-1.

Coach Mike Lachance's squad received two goal performances from both Kelsey Dunn and Ashtyn Denomme, along with a solo marker from Elizabeth Laberge in overcoming a Canadettes' crew that entered the contest with a record of 17-0-2.

Unfortunately, the team would give that one back, just a little, dropping a close 2-1 decision to the Aurora Panthers (6-9-4), with Dunn netting her third of the weekend.

The locals regained their swagger at the expense of the North York Storm (6-6-5), blanking their opponents 3-0 as puckstopper Kristen Mrozewski helped to backstop her team to victory.

Jenna Lachance, Emilee Pelletier and Dunn provided the offense. The road warriors closed things off on Sunday, playing to a 2-2 draw with the Panthers, asboth Denomme and Dunn hit the mark.

The Sudbury Bantam "AA" crew find themselves in fifth place (8-9-2 = 18 pts) in the ten team loop, one back of the Etobicoke Dolphins and one ahead of the Storm. The team closes out regular season play this weekend, facing North York as well as the Mississauga Chiefs and Markham-Stouffville Stars.

The Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves took over sole possession of first place, sweeping a pair of 4-1 battles with the Vaughan Flames at home last Saturday. Myah Fillion and Kiana Verbiwski paced the Sudbury attack with two goals each, with Kiera Relph countering with the only goal for Vaughan in the opener.

The teams were back at it a few hours later, with eerily similar results, as Joelle Dubois, Katie Chomiak and Deseray Zazulak joined Fillion on the scoresheet for the winners. A late goal from the Flames Julia Iacoucci spoiled the shutout bid of Sudbury netminder Natania King.

With a record of 13-3-4, the Midget "AA" Lady Wolves have games remaining against only the Sault Ste Marie Wildcats (3-9-5) and North Bay Ice Boltz (7-8-4), as the Toronto Aeros (13-3-3) look to leapfrog the locals with one game in hand.

The Sudbury Bantam "A" Lady Wolves kept their hopes alive for a first place finish, playing .500 hockey to stay right in the thick of an ultra tight three team race. It was certainly not the start the northern girls were looking for, dropping their first two games of the weekend, 4-3 to the Etobicoke Dolphins (8-5-6) and 1-0 to the Toronto-Leaside Wildcats (8-7-5).

Alison Symington, Morgan Leduc and Sophie Bensley all managed to solve the Dolphins' goaltender, with Pascale Tremblay chipping in with a pair of assists. After being stymied by a red-hot netminder against Leaside, the Lady Wolves picked up a 1-0 win of their own, blanking the first place Aurora Panthers (9-1-8), as Maija Valtonen held the fort in net.

Trinity Jeffery accounted for the only Sudbury goal, with Alexie Olivier and Morgan Leduc picking up the assists. Finally, the Lady Wolves earned a measure of revenge against the Wildcats, closing off their weekend with a 3-1 win as Kaiden MacLean, Danika Lalonde and Trinity Jeffery all pulled the trigger.

The team will not have it easy trying to secure first place. With three games remaining and a record of 11-3-5, the Sudbury squad will twice face the Barrie Sharks, an adversary that sports a near-identical mark to that of the Lady Wolves.

The Lady Wolves, who will cap off their regular season by facing the North Bay Ice Boltz (4-7-6), are in first with 27 points, followed closely by Aurora (26) and Barrie (25). Last but not least, the Sudbury Midget "A" Lady Wolves extended their win streak to nine games before seeing it snapped in their weekend finale.

Coach Daran Moxam and company doubled the Etobicoke Dolphins (8-8-2) 4-2 on Saturday morning, with Hannah Nykilchyk potting the hat-trick and Allie Lumme adding a singleton. The locals moved to within a single game of a double digit winning streak, edging the Markham-Stouffville Stars (3-12-1) on goals from Nykilchyk, Joelle Gagnon and Danielle Pitre.

Despite a 2-1 loss to the Mississauga Chiefs on Sunday - Rebecca Gobbo recorded the only Sudbury goal - the Lady Wolves trail only Aurora in league standings, boasting a record of 10-5-4. This crew also completes their LLFHL schedule this weekend, facing off against Etobicoke, Barrie and Mississauga.

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