During the weekend of November 18-20, the Kitchener Lady Ranger Local League Midget Blue team participated in the 3rd Annual Lakeshore Lightning Hockey Tournament in Lakeshore, Ontario.
The girls were placed in the Intermediate division for the tournament. In their first matchup against the Lakeshore Lightning White team, the girls worked hard and never gave up. They scored the tying goal with 25 seconds left in the game making it 2-2. The next day, the girls faced the Lakeshore Lightning Blue team and, although the girls played extremely well and outplayed the other team, there were a few bad bounces and they finished on the losing end, 3-1. The third and final game of the round robin, the girls played the London Devilettes and they came ready to play. Due to goals for and against, the girls not only had to win the game, but had to win by five goals in order to move on to the championship game. At the end of the second period, the Lady Rangers were up 3-1. The girls knew what they had to do and turned it up a notch. By the final buzzer, it was 6-1!
For the championship game on Sunday, the girls were a little tired from giving it their all for the first three games, but came to give it their best. After the first two periods, the Lady Rangers were down 2-0. The girls were exhausted, banged up and had even lost two players to injury by this point of the game. The girls stepped up, played as a team, scored two big goals and ended regulation tied at 2-2. The game went in to sudden-death overtime 4-on-4 with neither team scoring forcing a second overtime period (3-on-3), again with no team scoring. Then came the sudden-death shoot out in which each team shot simultaneously. Finally, in the seventh round of shooters, the Lady Rangers were victorious and tournament champions!
Congratulations to the Kitchener Lady Ranger Midget Blue team for their championship win — a well-deserved victory earned by playing hard as a team.