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Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018
Bonding time in Brampton nets Atom girls a silver medal
by Randy Pascal

After battling tooth and nail throughout a great season of SDGHA (Sudbury & District Girls Hockey Association) Atom houseleague action, members of the Wildcats, White Wolves, Icebreakers, Tigers and Red Dragons found a way to come together to cap off their season in style.

Assembling talent from all five houseleague entries to form the Sudbury Atom DS (Development Stream) Lady Wolves, the girls returned from the world's largest and longest running female hockey tournament in Brampton with silver medals in hand.

The locals went undefeated in round robin play, besting teams from Gloucester (4-1) and Markham (5-0), while also playing to a scoreless draw against a squad from Burlington.

From there, the drama only intensified. The Lady Wolves trimmed Burlington 3-2 in regulation time to capture their quarter-final encounter, but needed overtime to squeeze past Scarborough by the same exact score in the semis.

No reason not to take it to the next level as the northern girls and Aurora Panthers remained deadlocked at 2-2 right through overtime, with a nine-round shootout required in order to decide a winner.

The second place finish at the 51st Annual Brampton Canadettes Tournament was sparked, in part, by a forward group of Aaliyah Osawamick-Scarlette, Audrey Kawa, Breanna Sullivan, Danyka Vaillancourt, Hannah Sullivan, Jillian Landry, Kalia Pharand, Kayden Hodgins and Maya Flores which provided both timely goals and a strong backchecking effort.

The defense group was a force all weekend, consisting of Addison Bergeron, Cassie St-Germain, Ella Lumme, Emma Mathieu, Gabrielle Foreshew and Mya Ricci, while the goaltending tandem of Karyssa Vaillancourt and Kaitlyn Earl helped to keep the Lady Wolves in each and every game.

The team staff consistent of head coach Daryl Foreshew, assistant coaches Jason Sullivan and Jason Bergeron, manager Nancy Pharand and assistant manager Sylvie Foreshew.

"What started as a collection of Wildcats, White Wolves, Icebreakers, Tigers and Red Dragons quickly came together as a team to develop great chemistry and truly become the Atom DS Lady Wolves,” noted coach Bergeron.

"Congratulations girls, on an amazing weekend, winning the silver medal as well as creating many great memories and new friendships."

From a local perspective, the highlight in Brampton might well have been an all-Sudbury Intermediate H/L final, with the Sudbury Storm prevailing over the Sudbury Ice Pirates. The >Sudbury Midget "A" Lady Wolves rounded out the list of SDGHA podium finishes at the event, falling to the Clarington Flames in their grand finale and settling for silver.

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