Squeezing some league action between a pair of tournament appearances, the Sudbury Atom "C" Lady Wolves made the most of their time at Cambrian Arena on Tuesday night. The girls scored three times in the first period, chalking up a 4-1 win over Valley East Frappier Contracting in houseleague hockey action.
It took just over two minutes for the Lady Wolves to break the ice, with Harmony Kaiser-Fox stuffing home the rebound of a shot from Kayla Thompson to give the homeside the early lead.
That advantage was doubled just 16 seconds later as Jade Sauvé-Gadabushie scooped up a pass in front of the net, firing home a backhand, with Kaiser-Fox and Thompson picking up the assists.
When Jill Kusnierczyk fooled Valley East netminder Jessy Trottier with a shot from along the boards, the Valley East staff called a timeout, attempting to settle their troops.
The strategy worked as Trottier came right back with two key saves on Sauvé-Ghadabushie in a 30-second span. Quiet for much of the opening frame, Sudbury goalie Trinity Thompson was kept busier in the second.
Frappier defenceman Ashton Bertrand, who did yeoman's work keeping the puck in often at the blueline, forced Thompson to make her two best saves of the second period, one with less than a minute to play to preserve the shutout.
Opening with a burst in the third, the visitors were rewarded with another quality chance, only to see Thompson turn aside Makayla Bertrand in tight. At the other end of the rink, the Lady Wolves' trio of Ronni Peltier, Mackenzie Selk and Kirstin Fahey were picking up the pace, clearly their team's best unit over the final twelve minutes.
The linemates were rewarded when Selk nabbed a puck off to the side of the net, slipping it between the legs of Trottier and making it a 4-0 game. With less than five minutes to play, Frappier Contracting finally got on the board as Jessy Paquette stepped out from the corner and made no mistake with a shot along the ice.
Valley East would have one final opportunity as the Lady Wolves took their only penalty of the night, but it was Trottier, the Frappier puckstopper, who had to come up big, denying the Lady Wolves twice, point blank, for what would have been a short-handed marker.
With time winding down, a hard shot from Christopher Frappier almost provided the visitors with one final chance to cheer, with Thompson making the save at the last second. Just back from a tournament last weekend in North Bay, the Lady Wolves are off to Barrie for the Sharkfest in the days ahead.