The Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves would dearly love to carry the momentum from their final game of 2019 into their final stretch of LLFHL (Lower Lakes Female Hockey League) encounters in January, their sights still set on a possible second place finish in the Central Division.
A two-goal performance from Mya Headrick and solo efforts courtesy Hanna Smith, Joelle Gagnon, Deseray Zazulak and Jenna Lachance propelled the defending Esso Cup silver medal winners to a 6-1 win over the Vaughan Flames on December 21st, with the team now sporting a record of 10-6-2, with four game remaining.
With 22 points, the Sudbury crew are eight back of the division-leading Brampton Canadettes (14-2-2), but just two behind both the Toronto Aeros (11-4-2) and Central York Panthers (10-4-4).
The Lady Wolves must also be conscious of the Etobicoke Dolphins (9-2-3), sitting in fifth place with 21 points, but with four games in hand on the local crew.
Originally scheduled to attend a tournament in Kingston from January 3rd to the 5th, the Midget "AA" Lady Wolves now find themselves in the GTA, part of the 18-team field competing at the Toronto Aeros Holiday Classic.
The locals will face the Clarington Flames, Chatham Crush and Syracuse Valley Eagles in round robin play before tackling playoff action. The opening month of 2020 will also see coach Jay Duncan and company do battle, in league play, with the Toronto-Leaside Wildcats (7-5-3) and Brampton, on the road, before hosting both Etobicoke and Toronto-Leaside on back to back Saturdays (January 18th and 25th).
From there, the girls will turn their attention to the LLFHL playoffs, as well as possible OWHA (Ontario Women's Hockey Association) playdowns, though these may be bypassed altogether.