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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Sudbury DS Bantams step right in behind the Peewees
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Peewee DS (Developmental Select) Lady Wolves set the tone in Brampton and the Bantams just followed suit.

Taking to the ice for their final at the Brampton Canadettes Tournament on exactly the same pad that the younger local entry had just captured gold, the Sudbury Bantams made it two for two, last Sunday, blanking the Whitby Wolves 2-0.

The victory capped off an impressive stretch in which the Lady Wolves opened with a 4-0 shutout over Ottawa, with Alison Smith leading the way with a two goal effort. Mackenzie Weber and Courtney Smith rounded out the scoring, while Trinity Thompson racked up the first of her two shutouts on the weekend.

More flawless defensive play for the northern squad as Sudbury stopped Toronto-Leaside 3-0 in game two, with Emma Whitton, Sarah McCann and Taryn Farrell finding the back of the net and Trinity Lavoie turning everything aside at the other end of the rink.

The closest round-robin encounter would close things off for the Lady Wolves, as the team edged the London Devilettes 3-2. Meghan Tocholke and Vanessa Girard joined Mackenzie Weber on the scoresheet, as the locals earned a favourable match-up in the quarter-finals by virtue of their 3-0 record.

That certainly paid off as Sudbury cruised to a 5-0 win over the Ancaster Avalanche in their first playoff game, continuing to showcase an incredibly balanced attack as Calie Portelance, Sydney Burton, Mackenzie Weber, Alison Smith and Courtney Smith all pulled the trigger once each for head coach Paul Korzeniecki.

Trinity Lavoie extended her shutout string to two full games, a mark she would lengthen even further in the final. In what was, by their account, the stiffest test of the tournament, the Lady Wolves advanced to the gold medal encounter thanks to a 1-0 (2-1) shootout win over the Kingston Ice Wolves.

After battling their way through a scoreless regulation time match-up, the teams were off to penalty shots, with Jenna Korzeniecki and Julia Frank besting the Kingston netminder, while Trinity Thompson produced a "stand on your head" outing between the pipes for Sudbury.

with that drama subsided, the Lady Wolves went back to work, receiving a game-winning tally from Sydney Burton, an empty-net goal from Courtney Smith, and a third straight clean slate in net for Trinity Lavoie, taking down their fellow Wolves 2-0 in the final.

According to team staff, the tournament MVP award would have been doled out, collectively, to the Lady Wolves five-person defensive corps, with Jenna Korzeniecki, Katelyn Guzzo, Madeleine Theriault, Meghan Tocholke and Julia Frank displaying a yeoman's effort in front of their two talented puck-stoppers.

Assisting coach Korzeniecki with the team staff were assistant coaches Daryl Smith, Sean Whitton and Darren Frank, manager and trainer Shari Blasuti, and on-ice help from Kevin McCann.

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