Peewee Bears back up against Roadrunners in another tournament final
by Randy Pascal
Fair to say the Sudbury Peewee Bears girls team would love one more shot at the Cambridge Teal Roadrunners crew.
After dropping a 2-1 decision in the gold medal encounter of the Barrie Sharkfest in November, the Bears would renew acquaintances with their
newfound rivals last weekend, the latter playing host to the Cambridge Roadrunners New Year's Challenge Cup.
The path of inevitability was evident early, as the Sudbury girls kicked things off with an impressive 4-0 win over the Cambridge Orange Roadrunners in
game one. Kaileigh Johnson paced the attack with a two goal effort, joined on the scoresheet by both Lileigh Dormer and Carley Sobiera,
with Olivia Whitton registering the shutout.
A stiff test would await the locals in game two, building up a 4-1 lead but forced to hang on for a 4-3 triumph over the Ancaster Avalanche.
Johnson matched her two goal performance from the opener, with Sobiera and Hailey Giroux adding singletons.
With first place in Pool "A" on the line, the Bears left nothing to chance, blasting the Aurora Green Dragons 7-1 behind a hat trick from Johnson.
Dormer, Giroux, Sobiera and Alexie Martin chipped in with one goal apiece for the winners.
The northern squad showcased their attention to detail at both ends of the ice in the semi-final encounter, producing a 3-0 whitewashing of the
Oakville Silver Bullets. Scarlet Clark backstopped the Bears between the pipes, receiving the offensive support she needed from the troika of
Natalie Hookimaw, Grace Hallett and Johnson.
Time for a rematch with Cambridge Teal, tournament favourites that had surrendered just a single goal against to this point.
The tournament host team roared out to an early 2-0 lead, only to see Johnson get those back with her ninth and tenth tallies of the weekend. The 2-2
deadlocked remain unchanged right through regulation time and the overtime session, with the Roadrunners pulling out a 3-2 win in the shootout.
While not everyone of his players would hit the scoresheet, head coach Mike Cole could not say enough about the constant effort of the supporting
cast, a key group that included Danika Fleming, Shelby Dokis, Ava Kolodinski, Brooklyn Cole and Emma Hood.
"We could not have made it this far without the effort and hard work of all of the girls," agreed assistant coach Mike Stone. Rounding out the
team staff for the Sudbury Peewee Bears are assistant coach Samantha Johnson, trainer Tracy Caridade and manager Shannon Lafortune.