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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Midget girls would have liked to save one more goal for the semis
by Randy Pascal

For all of the scoring that the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves enjoyed in dominating their first five games of the 14th Annual Stoney Creek Midget "AA" Showcase last weekend, they would have gladly traded in one of those goals for just one more, in regulation time, in the semi-finals.

Outscoring their opponents by a collective margin of 32-0 in their first five encounters, the local hosts to the 2019 Esso Cup next April came up one game short of a berth in the finals, edged 2-1 by the Stoney Creek Sabres, in overtime, Sunday afternoon.

The offensive onslaught began on Friday, the Lady Wolves defeating the Bluewater Hawks 4-0 on goals from Makayla Gratton, Alexe Clavelle, Madison Laberge and Katie Chomiak.

The Sudbury girls trounced a trio of U.S.-based U16 teams, in succession, in their next three outings, starting with a 10-0 shellacking of the Washington Pride. A native of Kapuskasing, Clavelle paced the attack with a hat-trick, with Deseray Zazulak scoring twice.

Single markers came courtesy of Jaiden Duncan, Jenna Miller, Chomiak, Laberge and Hanna Smith. Little Caesars from Detroit were equally out-matched, beaten 8-0 as Clavelle and Taylor Scott netted two goals apiece.

Rounding out the attack were Smith, Chomiak, Madisyn Papineau and Lauren Hancock. The unbalanced trade between Canadians and Americans, on the ice, continued as the Lady Wolves stopped the Minnesota Blades 6-0, powered by a two-goal effort from Jenna Miller.

Joining the veteran forward on the scoresheet were Papineau, Mylene Lefebvre, Clavelle and Hancock. Even the traditionally strong Chicago Mission proved no contest for the northern Ontario crew, as Clavelle (2), Papineau and Laberge led Sudbury to a 4-0 win early Sunday morning.

The Lady Wolves' netminding tandem of Mireille Kingsley and Cailen Hanlik combined to post five straight shutout, prior to the semi-final loss. Stoney Creek would go on to claim gold, slipping past the Burlington Barracudas 3-2 in the championship encounter.

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