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Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
Success in Stoney Creek for Sudbury girls
by Randy Pascal

The payoff for opening the season competing a division up was evident for the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves at the Stoney Creek Showcase this past weekend.

Playing in the U19 division of the NAHA (North American Hockey Academy) Tournament in Vermont on Labour Day, the Lady Wolves returned to Canada with just one win to show for their five encounters.

But the pace of play paid dividends once the Sudbury girls were back at home, facing Midget "AA" competition, as the team advanced to the semi-finals in Stoney Creek before being eliminated by a top notch Chicago Mission crew.

The Midget Wolves got things rolling early Friday morning, defeating the Buffalo Regals 4-1 on goals from Hanna Smith, Joelle Dubois, Madisyn Papineau and Kiana Verbiwski.

The stiffest test of round robin play came later that afternoon as Taylor Scott netted the game's only goal, and Natania King made it stand, posting the shutout as Sudbury blanked the Guelph Jr Gryphons 1-0.

Buoyed by their success on day one, the Midget "AA" Lady Wolves steamrolled the St Louis Lady Blues 5-0 in game three, as Papineau, with a pair, Lauren Hancock, Jenna Miller and Myah Fillion all pulled the trigger, while King extended her shutout streak to two games.

Looking like a solid bet to move on to the Gold Division quarter finals, the Lady Wolves inserted call-up Madison Penrose between the pipes. The girls responded in a big way, blanking the Ancaster Avalanche 3-0 on a first period tally by Papineau, and a pair of third period goals from Miller, while Penrose stopped every shot directed her way.

Facing the Madison Capitals from Wisconsin, the Sudbury crew outshot their opponents 31-17 but needed a second period from Katie Chomiak to pull out the 1-0 triumph, as King remained on a roll in net.

The end of the line would come against Chicago, as the Mission tripled the Northern Ontario reps 6-2, with Ella Huber drilling home a hat trick for the winners, while Hancock and Verbiwski countered for Sudbury.

The team will now settle into practice mode before kicking off LLFHL (Lower Lakes Female Hockey League) play some time in October.

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