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Sarnia Girls Bantam A Rep's season highlighted with trip to provincials
sarniasports.com march 13th, 2011


In what can described as a season of highlights the Sarnia Girls Hockey Bantam A Rep. Team have qualified for the OWHA Provincial Tournament in the AA category by defeating the Windsor Wildcats 2 games straight. In both games Sarnia scored first with a 3 - 2 home win and a 1 - 0 win in Windsor. The entire season has been a complete team effort beginning with weekly summer skates, a September full of practices and exhibition games. Early October saw league play begin in the Southwest Bantam A division of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League. Following a 3 - 3 tie in their first league game Sarnia reeled off 7 straight wins before losing their one and only league game 3 to 1. After this loss the girls' season improved boasting a final record of 20 wins -1 loss -1 tie, including 10 shutouts with 98 goals for and only 20 goals against to win their division and to finish first overall in the 41 team Bantam A loop of the LLFHL. With this impressive record Sarnia was promoted by the OWHA to Bantam AA. As a result Sarnia had to compete in a Provincial Series play down against Windsor.

Sarnia's season has also been highlighted by winning 4 out of 5 tournaments that they entered. The Oshawa Cup was their first championship where Sarnia sported a record of 5 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie (4 shut outs, 25 goals for and 3 goals against). In their second tournament in Kitchener the team record was 4 wins 0 losses -0 ties (2 shut outs, 16 GF and 2 GA), securing their second tournament win of the season. In search of a 3rd straight tournament championship the Whitby Wolves Tournament proved to be a difficult start with Sarnia recording only their 2nd loss of the season with a 7-6 loss to Cornwall. This loss refocused Sarnia who responded with 5 straight wins, including a semi -final and championship win over two Whitby A Teams finishing with a tournament record of 5 wins-1 loss-0 ties (4 shutouts, 28 GF and 8 GA), to win their third straight tournament. To complete the sweep of all 4 tournaments in Bantam A, Sarnia travelled to Guelph to compete in the Guelph Thunder Tournament. Sarnia qualified for the championship game with 3 straight wins. In the final, Sarnia defeated Stoney Creek by a score of 5-2 to win its 4th Tournament of the season with 4 wins -0 losses -0 ties ,(3 shutouts, 19 GF and 2 GA).

With Sarnia's reclassification to Bantam AA the Aurora Panthers Silver Stick Tournament proved to be a great challenge to the entire team. Playing their first AA opponent Sarnia came out on top with a 5-0 win. This win coupled with their next win of 4-0 had Sarnia on the verge of getting out of pool play and into the Elite Eight grouping. The 3rd pool game against the Vaughan Flames, the 9th ranked in Canada, was their best game of the tournament ending in a 0-0 tie. Sarnia qualified for the quarter finals facing Toronto Leaside, 5th ranked team in Canada. Leaside handed Sarnia its 3rd loss of the season with a 6-0 defeat and a tournament record 2 wins -1 loss -1 tie (3 shutouts, 9 GF and 6 GA).

With league play, provincial play downs and tournament play having come to an end, the Sarnia Junior Lady Sting Bantam AA have been ranked 11th in Canada with an impressive overall record of 50 Wins (31 Shutouts) -3 losses, 5 ties, 227 GF and 50 GA, and are eagerly awaiting competing in the Provincial Championships in April.

 

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