Plenty of turnover with Midget AA Lady Wolves
by Randy Pascal
It will be a mix of plenty of new faces, along with a handful of familiar but returning faces, that tackle the challenge of trying to re-establish the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves as a legitimate provincial contender in 2017-2018.
Incoming coach Jay Duncan has brought along no less than six members of his bantam team from last year, as well as first year midget Madisyn Papineau, who played as an underager last year with the Midget "AA" team. But Duncan is also
welcoming to return to Sudbury of Madison Laberge, Makayla Gratton and Kiana Verbiwski, all of whom played in the PWHL (Provincial Women's Hockey League) last year.
Throw in the surprise arrival of touted prospect Kiera Gibson from Parry Sound, and the return to the fold of Abbey Patterson, and one senses that Duncan will ice a young but competitive team. In fact, the Lady Wolves will carry only a pair of
third year midgets in the form of defenceman Makayla Blanchard and Verbiwski, at forward.
Backstopping the team are first year midget Mireille Kingsley and returnee Natania King, who should benefit from her baptism by fire from this past season, as a slew of injuries resulted in a number of games with elevated shot totals. The "D"
corps will be entrusted to Blanchard, Patterson, Laberge as well as 2002 birthdates Jaiden Duncan and Myah Fillion, and the steadying presence of veteran Crystale Trottier.
Joining the likes of Gratton, Papineau, Gibson and Verbiwski up front will be Lauren Hancock, Joelle Dubois, Katie Chomiak, Deseray Zazulak, Jenna Miller and Taylor Scott.