A shootout loss spells second place for Midget AA Lady Wolves
by Randy Pascal
The Toronto Aeros Holiday Classic Tournament last weekend likely served at least two very valuable purposes for the Sudbury
Midget "AA" Lady Wolves, host of the 2019 Esso Cup in April.
First, in making their way right through to the final, capturing some very close games along the way, the local crew once again confirmed that they are
certainly in the running for a provincial championship, come early April.
By the same token, a 2-1 shootout loss in the gold medal encounter to the Burlington Barracudas likely reminded the locals that when it comes to
the top eight to twelve teams in Ontario, most in this grouping are fully capable of beating each other.
The Lady Wolves entered the game with a record of 15-0-1 in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL), sitting nine points ahead of the second
place Toronto Aeros (9-2-4). Burlington, by contrast, find themselves in third place in the South Central grouping, sporting a regular season mark
The tournament collision path for the two teams would see Sudbury open play with a 3-0 win over the North York Storm, with Katie Chomiak
netting a pair of goals and Madison Laberge adding the other.
A sense of foreboding might have been felt in game two, as Burlington registered a 3-1 win over the locals, with Chomiak burying her third goal of the
day. Coach Jay Duncan and company would vent their frustations the next day against the North American Hockey Academy, blasting the
Vermont-based crew 9-0.
Laberge and Chomiak tallied twice each, joined on the scoresheet by Taylor Scott, Mylène Lefebvre, Alex Clavelle, Hanna Smith and Jaiden
Duncan. That lopsided affair would give way to far more intriguing hockey, with the playoffs right around the corner.
First, the Lady Wolves eliminated the Stoney Creek Sabres, 3-2, in overtime, with Madison Laberge, Deseray Zazulak and Katie Chomiak all
pulling the trigger. Still no margin for error in the semi-finals as Hanna Smith drilled home the only goal of the game, Mireille Kingsley made it
stand with a shutout between the pipes, the tandem lifting the northern girls to a 1-0 win over the Toronto Aeros.
Katie Chomiak would continue to hold the hot hand in the final, picking up her seventh marker of the weekend, not quite enough to avoid a 2-1 shootout
setback at the hands of the Burlington Barracudas.
A few of the local Lady Wolves teams are back in action in the LLFHL this coming weekend, with the Midget "AA" squad hosting the Vaughan Flames
Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Sports Complex, while the Midget "A" team is down south, looking at a three game set with the North
York Storm, Markham-Stouffville Stars and Vaughan Flames.
The Bantam "AA" reps will jump into a two game series, battling Markham-Stouffville on Friday and North York on Saturday, while the Bantam "A" Lady
Wolves enjoy a rare home game, welcoming the North Bay Ice Boltz to the Toe Blake (Coniston) Arena Thursday evening, making their way to the
Mastercard Centre in Toronto on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop with the Etobicoke Dolphins.