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The Horizon Aigles girls hockey team are starting to turn things around.

After biting the bullet and opting to slug it out with the big boys (so to speak) in the Division I ranks, the Aigles would drop their first five regular season games of the 2023-2024 season.

But after capturing a Franco Tournament banner last week, Horizon has enjoyed a bit of a bump in their SDSSAA performances, earning a hard fought 2-2 draw with the Lo-Ellen Park Knights on Monday and following that up with a 5-3 win over the Lively Hawks earlier today.

Outshot 34-9 by the Knights but backstopped by a very strong outing from goaltender Desirée Charbonneau, the Aigles capitalized on some very opportunistic scoring, with both Maya Flores and Kalia Pharand displaying a goal scorer's touch in tight.

"I tend to overthink a lot," admitted Flores, a key contributor with the Sudbury U18 A Lady Wolves this year. "When I get in front of the net, a lot of my coaches tell me that I need to shoot more."

"I have a problem with over-handling the puck, making that extra move or passing - but I am getting the hang of just shooting it net."

With a record of 1-3-2, Lo-Ellen countered with goals from Kendra Shanks and Jo-Jo Ajueze, with their opponents keenly aware of the glut of Lady Wolves that reside in the Knights' lineup.

"I think we did pretty good; tying 2-2 (with Lo-Ellen) is pretty good," said Flores. "We were on the big ice tonight so moving our feet and making quick decisions, quick passes was important."

"We have a hard time getting a lot of shots on net, but our passing has been pretty good and our plays are getting there."

A hat-trick from Olivia Pitre helped lift Horizon past Lively two days later, with Kalia Pharand and Kenya Gravelle rounding out the scoring for the winners. Maia Hammell answered with a pair of markers in a losing cause, with Payton Stos also finding the back of the net once for the Hawks.

In other action this week, a four goal performance from Kelly Clark and two each from Dalia Belanger and Gabrielle Foreshew powered the Champlain Requins to a 10-2 victory over the Marymount Regals.

Samantha Charbonneau and Nova Roy also scored for Champlain with Bella Massimiliano and Mya Massimiliano handling the offense for the Regals.

The St Charles College Cardinals improved to 6-1-0 with an 8-1 win over Lively as Chloe Martin (2), Katelynn Jacques (2), Julia Dunphy, Madison Hollohan, Izabel Courville and Joely Angus all hit the scoresheet for the Cards, while Payton Stos broke the goose-egg for the Hawks.

The Confederation Chargers rode two-goal efforts from both Rylee Morris and Makayla Dunn to a 5-3 win over the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères. Malin Brunette capped things off for Confed with ESMC goals coming courtesy of Laryssa Mayer (2) and Victoria Seguin.

The St Benedict Bears did all of their scoring in the first but it was enough as the south end crew edged the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes 3-2 on Monday. Ava Bois, Myra Mead and Sutton Morin hit paydirt for St Ben's, with Adrielle Charette and Gabrielle Cholette doing likewise for CND.

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