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Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018
Lady Wolves shut out of Sunday play at provincials
by Randy Pascal

Dating back to at least April of 2004, the Sudbury Lady Wolves have never witnessed an OWHA Provincial Championship weekend in which at least one of their teams did not advance to the final four on Sunday.

Sooner or later, that balloon was bound to burst.

And just like the quarter century old playoff stretch that the Detroit Red Wings fashioned, 2017 was the year in which the streak would be snapped for the local girls hockey organization.

The Peewee "BB" and Atom "B" squads would come the closest to extending the fortuitous sequence, both making their way through to the quarter-finals, and both eliminated by the slim margin of just a single goal.

The Sudbury peewees posted a record of 2-1-0 in round robin play, downing both the Clearview Icecats (4-1) and Etobicoke Dolphins (5-1) on Friday, but dropping a 1-0 decision to the Waterloo Ravens the next morning.

Turns out that Saturday simply would not be their day as the Kanata Rangers trimmed the locals 2-1 in their evening quarter-finals. As for the local atoms, the team would run dry, offensively speaking, at the most inopportune time.

Goals were bountiful as the Lady Wolves followed up a 3-2 win over the Aurora Panthers (goals by Mercedes Zazulak, Ayla Lagace, Hannah Staffen) with a 5-5 tie against the North Halton Twisters (Lagace-3, Laryssa Mayer, Zazulak).

The scoring touch was still there the next morning, as Sudbury edged the Belleville Bearcats 4-3 on goals from Mayer, Zazulak, Staffen and Chloe Charbonneau. Unfortunately for the northern girls, the Nepean Wildcats found a way to slow them down on Saturday evening, posting a 1-0 shutout over the Lady Wolves.

Despite the lack of medals, the Sudbury crew were not without some noteworthy performances, including at the highest level of play. It should be noted that for many, many years, the top-end local teams would be registered as an "A" team, virtually ensuring their ability to compete with the top four to five teams in the province in that particular classification.

In recent years, the Lady Wolves have moved towards challenging themselves with tougher and tougher competition, even if it came at the expense of additional hardware. So a 2-0-1 showing by the Peewee "AA" team, followed by a highly competitive 2-0 loss to the London Devilettes in their cross-over match, is something to be proud of.

Sudbury played to a 2-2 draw with the Oakville Hornets, and blanked both the Whitby Wolves (5-0) and Scarborough Sharks (2-0), before falling to London.

The Bantam "AA" Lady Wolves narrowly missed advancing through to the playoff round, defeated 1-0 by the Waterloo Ravens in game one, but finishing deadlocked at 1-1 with the Nepean Wildcats, and closing out with a 3-1 triumph over the Peterborough Ice Kats.

Their record of 1-1-1 left the girls just one point back of Nepean (1-0-2) when the dust settled. Following are complete results for all remaining teams:

Midget "B" Lady Wolves
1-2 vs Kincardine Kinucks
0-1 vs Toronto Leaside Wildcats
4-1 vs Etobicoke Dolphins

Bantam "A" Lady Wolves
0-1 vs Flamborough Falcons
1-2 vs Markham-Stouffville Stars
1-2 vs Whitby Wolves

Bantam "B" Lady Wolves
3-0 vs Guelph Gryphons
0-1 vs Whitby Wolves
0-4 vs Ennismore Eagles

Peewee "B" Lady Wolves
0-6 vs Waterloo Ravens
0-6 vs Mississauga Chiefs
4-3 vs Mount Brydges Cougars

Atom "AA" Lady Wolves
2-6 vs Waterloo Ravens
0-3 vs Burlington Barracudas
0-3 vs Whitby Wolves

Novice "B" Lady Wolves
0-3 vs Durham West Lightning
4-0 vs Chatham Outlaws
3-3 vs Waterloo Ravens

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