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
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