THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY
Media Release: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Peewee Queens Advance to Semi Finals in Norwest Tournament
THUNDER BAY, ON — After two one-goal losses on Friday, the Bantam A Queens were still seeking their first win of the Norwest tournament as they took on the Elks 82s Saturday morning. The Queens trailed 1-0 going into the third period when Paige Fucile would tie the game. Elks took the lead again with 8:30 left in the game but Mikayla Valente would setup Kaitlin Whatley to score just 25 seconds later to tie it back up. No more goals were surrendered in a 2-2 draw.
In the afternoon the Bantam As met the Fort Frances Canadians who’d manage 3 goals in the second period. The Queens were unable to find a response, dropping the game 3-0.
Meanwhile, the Peewee Queens started Day 2 of the Norwest tournament with a 1-1 tie against the Emo Express. After a scoreless first period, Emo would jump out to a 1-0 lead early in the second. The score remained that way until late in the period when Avery Olenikmade a great individual play to undress the Emo defender before scoring high on the short side to tie the game. Abby Willsmade some clutch saves in the 3rd period and a total of 16 saves for the game to secure the important point and allow the Queens to advance to the semi finals.
The second game of the day was against the Dryden Paper Kings. With the Queens already advancing to the semi finals, and Dryden in a must win to make the semi finals, the Paper Kings came out flying and outplayed the Queens in the first period leading 1-0 after one. Dryden would add one goal in the second, and two more goals in the third to make the final 4-0. Alexandra Youngwas solid in net making 26 saves in a losing effort. "The girls did what they needed to do to make the semi finals. They played their hearts out on Friday and won two huge games and were a bit tired today", said Head Coach Dave Olenik. "At the end of the day, what matters is we made it to Sunday and a chance to win the tournament, and we couldn't' ask for anymore than that from this group.”
The Queens semi final opponent will either be the Dryden Paper Kings or the Elks 82's in a rematch from round robin action. Game time is 9:15 @ TC2. The winner advances to the championship game at 2:30 at Norwest Arena.
Thunder Bay Queens are a member of Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey Association