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Bantam AAs Capture Bronze at CanAm Cup

02/17/2019, 1:00pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bantam AAs Capture Bronze at CanAm Cup

MADISON, WI — The Bantam AA Queens found themselves on the wrong side of a couple one-goal losses on Saturday but would have a chance to avenge one of their losses in the Bronze medal game of the CanAm Challenge Cup against the St. Louis Lady Blues who had previously edged out the Queens.

Joanna Martinsen setup Katy Lacosse midway through the first who’d score and give the Queens the lead. Thunder Bay couldn’t escape the first though without surrendering one goal as St. Louis would pop one in during the final minute of the first. Goalie Reese Keating held the 1-1 tie through the second period, stopping 18 of 19 shots through two. 32 seconds into the third period, Paige Broughton and Ella Mannila would work with the puck and find Riah Compardo who’d score and put the Queens up 2-1! Keating would keep her net clean stopping 11 shots in the third, 29 of 30 total, winning the game and the bronze medal for her team.

The Bantam AAs are the second Queens team this season to bring home hardware from the CanAm Cup as the Midget As won Gold the previous weekend.

Sportop Midget AA Queens to play for Gold at CanAm Cup

02/16/2019, 11:30pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Friday, February 15, 2019

Sportop Midget AA Queens to play for Gold at CanAm Cup

MADISON, WI — On Day 2 of the CanAm Challenge Cup, the Sportop Midget AA Queens got up early for a 10:00am start against the Anaheim Lady Ducks. With goalie Josée Robinson still working her way back from injury, Kamryn Sandelovich got her third straight start of the tournament.

The girls from Anaheim, despite the time change, looked alert early as they’d score just one minute in. Alexis Paddington though would get it back with 28 seconds left in the period, scoring on a play setup by Brynne Lambert. In the second, Kendra Fortin would work the puck to Brenna Nicol who’d put the Queens up 2-1. And then in the third, Fortin to Nicol was the winning combination again as Nicol potted the insurance marker for the two goal lead. Sandelovich stopped the rest of the pucks that came her way en route to a 3-1 victory.

Almost immediately after, the Bantam AA Queens would take on the U16 version of the Anaheim Lady Ducks. Goalie Reese Keating shutout the Ducks through two but Anaheim would finally get on the board with 1:53 left in the game. For their part, the Queens got shutout in this one in a 1-0 loss.

That evening, the Bantam AAs looked for their first win of the tournament as they took on the hometown Madison Capitols. The first period would close with a 1-1 draw with Caryss Kehl scoring for the Queens. Madison would take the lead in the second to which Thunder Bay answered back in the third on a goal from Alessia Ricciardi but the Capitols would manage a third period goal as well and hang on to beat the Queens 3-2, handing them their third loss of the weekend.

Meanwhile, in the U19 division, the Midget AA Queens had a 3-0 record going into Saturday night’s action and a win against the Petoskey Northmen would guarantee a shot at gold. This game, however, wouldn’t be as exciting as the others as the Queens scored 3 first period goals from Kailey SwerhunMackenzie Lehto and Molly Kunnas which went unanswered, giving the Queens a 3-0 head start. In the second, Lucy Newman and Brenna Nicol would both score as Kunnas added her second of the game as the Queens once again finished a period with a three goals to nothing score. And it’d be more of the same in the third with Jocelyn Wojciechowski and Alexis Paddington scoring while, once again, Kunnas would get the third goal of the period, completing her hat trick.

With the win, the Sportop Midget AA Queens will take on Sault Ste. Marie in the gold medal game at 10:30am on Sunday!

Midget AA, Bantam AAs Get Started at CanAm Cup

02/15/2019, 9:15pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Friday, February 15, 2019

Midget AA, Bantam AAs Get Started at CanAm Cup

MADISON, WI — The Thunder Bay Queens two ‘AA’ teams are in Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the CanAm Challenge Cup. 

The Sportop Midget AA Queens played their first game in the U19 division against Team Colorado on Friday morning. A trio of Queens goals in the first period got them off to a great start as Mackenzie Lehto buried one early, with helpers from Brenna Nicol and Riley Thompson, followed by Kailey Swerhun and Alexis Paddington both scoring shorthanded goals 39 seconds apart. Paddington scored again to open the second (assisted by Brynne Lambert and Darbie Mattson). Paddington, along with Victoria Darosa, then helped setup a scoring chance for Molly Kunnas who’d bring the score to 5-0. Team Colorado answered back with a goal of their own but Kendra Fortin quickly quieted down any chance of momentum scoring shortly after, setup by Jessie Scott. Team Colorado actually outshot the Queens 24-21 but Kamryn Sandelovich only surrendered the single goal in a 6-1 win.

Meanwhile, the Bantam AA Queens took on the St. Louis Lady Blues in U16 action. The Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first before adding to that early in the third period. The Queens pressed taking 11 shots in the final frame but only managed a single goal by Taylor Barenz. 3-1 final.

Back in the U19 division, the Midget AAs faced the hometown Madison Capitols that evening. The Capitols opened the scoring in the first. It looked like the Queens had tied the game in the second period on a powerplay but the goal was called back for a "crease violation", a quirk in the officiating Canadian teams must be aware when playing in the States. With that lesson learned, the powerplay carried on until Paddington promptly setup Kunnas for the equalizer. This one would count. Kunnas would then score again, putting her team up 2-1. In the third, Paddington put up an insurance goal early on and it would come in handy as Madison replied with a goal of their own. That was as close as the Capitols would get though as Sandelovich held the lead. 3-2 final.

Saturday, the Bantam AAs hunt for their first win against the Anaheim Lady Ducks at 12:00pm before taking on the Madison Capitols at 6:00pm. The Midget AAs also take on a Lady Ducks team from Anaheim on Saturday at 10:00am and then get the Petoskey Northmen at 7:30pm.