Bantam Lady Wolves take top spot in Haileybury
by Randy Pascal
Launched on an informal basis just a few years ago, the Northern Competitive Girls Hockey League (NCGHL) is rapidly gaining a very strong foothold
with girls hockey associations across northern Ontario.
A number of local teams were in Temiskaming Shores last weekend for the NCGHL Championships, with the Sudbury Bantam "B" Lady Wolves
emerging as top dog in a tightly contested five team division.
A first period goal by Jacinta Eshkakogan would not stand up in game one as the Hearst Ice Cats rallied behind tallies from Jasmin Comeau,
Frédérique Alary and Dominik Grondin, bouncing the Lady Wolves 3-1.
The Sudbury girls tightened things up defensively in game two, with goaltender Jessica Ouimet holding Timmins off the board while Kirstin Fahey and Julia Hayes
joined Eshkakogan on the scoresheet for a 3-0 win.
Unfortunately, opening day would not end nearly as well as the Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds completely turned the tables on the local crew, handing
them a 3-0 setback of their own as Shannon O'Reilly powered the Hounds attack, sniping home the hat-trick.
Closing out round robin play on Sunday morning and needing a win to advance to the final, the Lady Wolves built up a 2-0 third period lead on goals from Hayes and Fahey,
holding off the North Bay Ice Boltz by a final score of 2-1.
Backstopped by an outstanding performance between the pipes from Jessy Trottier, the Sudbury girls evened the score with Temiskaming Shores when
it mattered the most, stopping the Puckhounds 3-1 in the gold medal encounter.
Jacinta Eshkakogan, Carley Burton and Raeleigh Chartier scored for the winners, whose roster also included Cecilia Anderson, Sydney
Burton, Katelyn Lee, Kamryn Hammell, Emma Dyer, Katelyn Guzzo, Allie Miller, Gabriella Elizabeth Moggy, Abby Soehner, head coach Clay Burton,
assistants Gene Guzzo, J.J. Anderson and Randy Ouimet, and trainer Sara Burnside.