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Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017
LLFHL Championship Weekend gives way to OWHA Provincials
by Randy Pascal

Though the Sudbury Bantam "AA" Lady Wolves anticipated their round robin schedule at the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL) Championship Weekend last weekend to rank as their toughest of the year, one should expect a team that is looking to make amends, heading to the OWHA Provincials this coming weekend.

The local crew finished with a record of 1-3-1, falling just short of qualifying for the bronze medal game, a contest where they realistically could have prevailed. The dagger came early, as the Lady Wolves opened with a 2-1 loss to the Napanee Crunch, providing their opponents the only victory they would record in five games.

Joelle Gagnon netted the only goal for the Sudbury side. The team bounced back later Friday evening, blanking the Etobicoke Dolphins 4-0 as Katie Chomiak (2), Chloe Leduc and Taylor Scott all scored in support of the shutout netminding of Mireille Kingsley.

Unfortunately, their final three outings would see setbacks at the hands of both of the finalist teams sandwiched around a 2-2 draw with the Scarborough Sharks (Katie Chomiak, Kelsey Dunn).

The eventual gold medal winning Oakville Hornets slipped past the Lady Wolves 1-0, while the Stoney Creek Sabres (silver) enjoyed only a slightly better margin thanks to their 2-0 win over Sudbury.

With the LLFHL playoffs in the books, it's on to provincials for the Bantam "AA" crew and nine other Lady Wolves teams: Midget "B", Bantam "A" and "B", Peewee "AA", "BB" and "B", Atom "AA" and "B", and Novice "B".

Play starts first thing Friday morning, with the final four in each and every division advancing to the Sunday morning semi-finals.

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