All packed up, and down the 401 headed the Kitchener Lady Rangers Atom A team to kick off their season in the Big Cat Showcase tournament in St. Thomas.
Friday morning started by playing the home team. Both teams came out strong and kept the game scoreless well in to the third. With a minute to go, the Panthers came up big and ended up defeating us 2–0.
The team regrouped and refueled at Boston Pizza and prepared to face off against the North Halton Twisters that afternoon. Full of carbs and flying as soon as they hit the ice, the girls came up with a goal halfway through the first. The girls continued to impress, coming up big with a 4–0 win.
The girls’ excitement continued all the way to the hotel, and they celebrated with a swim and pizza party. An early night ensured the girls were well rested to take on the Chatham Outlaws in the morning.
The Outlaws didn’t know what hit them, as the girls found another gear. With a goal scored in each of the first and third, the girls defeated the Outlaws 2–0 in their strongest game yet.
The team had the afternoon off to do some team bonding, and the girls enjoyed marshmallow fights and building balloon sculptures with the coaches.
The semi-finals started Sunday at 8 a.m., seeing us taking on the Twisters once again. The Twisters took an early lead, but thanks to superb passing and fast feet, the girls fought back and clinched a spot in the finals with a 4–1 win.
The girls grabbed a quick bite and were ready and excited to show the Panthers, they can’t beat us twice. Both teams wanted the win, and it showed. It was a hard-played game by both sides. We got an early lead half way through the first, and we added to it with another goal in the second. As the third period neared the end, hopes were high. The Panthers got a late goal with 1:16 to go in the third. Everyone was on the edge of their seats. The girls fought hard. With the bench counting down the final seconds and a huge save by our goalie with seconds to go, the Lady Rangers took the gold!
Never have we seen a team play so well together in such a short period of time. It was an incredible weekend and a high the girls will ride well in to the start of their season.
Submitted by Proud Hockey Mom, Becky Abbott and photos courtesy of Biggest Fan (With Biggest Lens), Ian Carswell