In the words of head coach Ricky Rheault, the Sudbury Peewee "AA" Lady Wolves set the tone early at their most recent tournament appearance in Belleville.
And while the end result may not have been a championship banner, the positive takeaways were plenty as the locals returned from the Belleville Bearcat New Year's Classic Tournament.
Goals from Kynlee Cresswell and Chloe Martin powered the Lady Wolves to a 2-2 draw with the host Belleville Bearcats in their Friday opener, with the team hitting the win column, for the first time in Belleville, later that same day.
A hat trick by Cresswell and solo marker courtesy of Ava Bois provided more than enough of a cushion for Sudbury netminder Desiree Charbonneau, who held the Kingston Ice Wolves in check in a 4-0 whitewashing of their namesakes.
Still very much in the thick of things, the Peewee "AA" Lady Wolves were edged 3-2 by the Kanata Rangers in game three, with Cresswell drilling home her fifth goal of the weekend, joined on the scoresheet this time by Tessa Ranger.
Needing a win or a tie to advance, for certain, the Sudbury girls stopped the Mississauga Hurricanes 3-1 in their final preliminary round outing, with Vivian Rondina breaking loose with a two-goal effort, the remaining tally coming off the stick of Chloe Martin.
Finishing where they started, the northern reps were back up against the host Bearcats, this time beaten 1-0 in a tense, very evenly matched battle.
"We worked hard - but most importantly, we worked hard for each other," said coach Rheault. " Our goalies always showed up prepared. We used our speed to take away the middle of the rink, as well as the opponents' time and space."
"We created our own opportunities by keeping our feet moving, supporting the puck carrier and being creative."
The lineup for the 2019-2020 Sudbury Peewee "AA" Lady Wolves is filled by the likes of Desiree Belanger, Desiree Charbonneau, Ava Bignucolo, Ava Bois, Kynlee Cresswell, Lileigh Dormer, Julia Dunphy, Morgan Dunphy, Gabrielle Gallagher, Gabrielle Guerin, Maia Hammell, Isabelle Lanteigne, Chloe Martin, Laryssa Mayer, Tessa Ranger, Isabel Rheault, Vivian Rondina, and team staff Ricky Rheault, assistant coaches Jason Bois, Stephanie Pascal, Emma Chamberland and Serge Dunphy, and trainers Melissa Guerin and Sara Burnside.