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Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
Vipers victorious at Hornets Houseleague tournament
by Randy Pascal

Generally speaking, the Sudbury Peewee Vipers were posting goose-eggs at the Oakville Hornets Houseleague Tournament late last month.

And when they weren't shutting out their opponents, they were proving they could win the close ones as well.

The local girls hockey team captured gold at the event after running the table with six straight victories, four of which came with their adversaries not managing a single goal.

The impressive sequence began with a 2-0 win over the Leaside Wildcats - Teal, as Julia Frank and Samantha Bourdon bulged the twine for the locals. Threes were wild in game two, with Julia Frank and Abbey Parisé both netting hat tricks in a 7-0 triumph over the Oakville Hornets Purple Panthers.

Calie Portelance rounded out the scoring for the winners. The first ultra stiff test would come in game three, as the Vipers needed an overtime tally from Portelance to pull off a 2-1 win over the Mississauga Chiefs Teal Twisters, with Frank adding her fifth goal in three games.

Right back to the original modus operandi in quarter-final play as the Sudbury crew blanked the Leaside Wildcats - Gold 3-0 behind markers from Ammara Grenon, Parisé and Portelance.

Since 3-0 victories were working so well, no reason to change in the semis as two goals from Julia Frank and a singleton courtesy of Ammara Grenon lifted the SDGHA reps past the Leaside Wildcats - White.

The previous OT experience would come in handy in the finals, as Frank found the back of the net in period number four, vaulting the Vipers to a 3-2 tournament championship win over the Brockville Angels.

Frank added another earlier in the game, joined on the scoresheet by Grenon, while goaltender Taylor Tassé registered four shutouts over the course of the weekend.

Rounding out the Sudbury Peewee Vipers roster are Zoe Paterson, Madeline Gunby, Amanda Bourdon, Leila Lafleur, Kendra Desrochers, Marlie Fraser, Paige Robinson, coaches Ben Parisé, Darren Frank, Jeff Portelance and Curtis Thomson, team manager Christina Vandruenen, and medical trainer Lisa Parisé.

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