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Bantam AAs at 2 Nations Cup

11/30/2019, 7:30pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bantam AAs at 2 Nations Cup

BRAMPTON, ON — The Bantam AA Queens are off to great start in the Two nations prep series tournament in Brampton, Ontario this weekend. 

In game one, the Queens faced the Guelph Jr Gryphons. After a scoreless first period, the Queens blew the game open in the second period by controlling most of the play and scoring three unanswered goals. Bridget Cameron opened the scoring off of a great faceoff play from Rhae Thomas with assists going to Makara Magbanua and Avery Olenik. Katie Lacosse would make it 2-0 finishing off a nice three-way passing play from a down low cycle with  assists going to Riah Compardo and Joanna Martinsen. Taylee Marks would round out the scoring burying a wrist shot from the point. Akira Tatebe and Bridget Cameron would add helpers on the goal. Abby Wills earned the shutout  in net stopping 16 shots while the Queens peppered the Gryphons netminder with 28 shots. 

In game two on the day, the Queens were in tough, facing a Hamilton Hawks team playing their only game of the day. Katy Lacosse would start the scoring burying a power play marker with 4 seconds left in the first period to give the queens a 1-0 lead. Caryss Kehl and Riah Compardo would have assists on the goal. 

Presley Brohm stood tall in the second period making a number of big saves as the fresher Hawks team took the momentum over. After a much needed second period intermission break, the Queens were able to regroup, find their legs, and take over the third period by tightening up defensively and playing textbook hockey to protect their lead. It paid off as Bridget Cameron would notch a power play marker half way through the 3rd period that would be the insurance goal they needed. Joanna Martinsen had  the lone assist on the goal. Presley Brohm earned the shutout. Queens were outshot 22-21 in the game. 

On Saturday,the Bantam AA Queens took on the Central York Panthers with an opportunity to get a bye straight into the Quarter-Finals on Sunday. Unfortunately, not much of anything went their way as they lost 5-0. So without the bye, instead of having Saturday night off, the Queens took on the Barrie Sharks. This matchup did not go much better for the Queens as they lost 2-0, ending their tournament weekend.

Thunder Bay Queens are a member of Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey Association

Bantam AA Queens Capture All American Gold

11/17/2019, 4:00pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

 

Media Release: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Bantam AA Queens Capture All American Gold

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Bantam AA Queens are coming home with the Championship of the All American tournament! The Queens went undefeated (3-0) through the round robin, out-scoring opponents 11-2, and went on to win their semi-final matchup by a score of 5-1 Saturday night. 

On Sunday, they had a rematch against the North Wright County Riverhawks, who they previously squeezed past by a score of 1-0. Paige Broughton opened the scoring on a rebound off a set faceoff play with assists going to Akira Tatebe and Taylor Barenz. Ella Manilla put the Bantam AAs up by 2 after banging home a Taylee Marks rebound. The stellar goaltending of the Riverhawks netminder kept the game close but Queens netminder Abby Wills, who shutout NWC earlier in the tournament, kept that streak going not allowing a single goal. Paige Broughton, who opened the scoring, then sealed the game away with an empty net insurance marker with under 2 minutes to go. Katie Lacosse drew the lone assist. 3-0 final. Queens outshot NWC 24-7. 

"This was a total team effort with all players contributing and everyone buying into a defense first team philosophy" said Head Coach Dave Olenik. Indeed, the Bantam AA Queens goalie tandem of Abby Wills and Presley Brohm only surrendered a combined 3 goals against in 5 games. 

Next up for the Bantam AAs is the Brampton Two Nations Prep Showcase. 

Thunder Bay Queens are a member of Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey Association

Bantam AA Queens Heading to Championship Game at All American

11/16/2019, 10:45pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Bantam AA Queens Make Semis at All American

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Bantam AA Queens are playing in the Super Rink in Minneapolis for this year's All American Girls Hockey Tournament, competing in the U15A “White” division. 

Friday afternoon, the Queens kicked things off against the North Wright County Riverhawks and ran into a hot goalie as, despite outshooting the Riverhawks 24-13, the Queens only managed a single goal when Joanna Martinsen scored on a pass from Ella Manilla. Fortunately, it was all the scoring they’d need since the Queens' own goalie, Abby Wills, was a brick wall at the other end of the rink, shutting out NWC in a 1-0 win. 

Game two on Friday evening had much of the same elements as game one as the Queens outshot Osseo-Maple Grove (OMG) by a margin of 25-14 but this time, netminder Presley Brohm had some run support to work with. Taylor Barenz grabbed the early lead after a great feed from Riah Compardo, firing a point shot through a screen, past the goalie and into the back of the net. Joanna Martinsen would make it 2-0 off a set face-off play on which Compardo and Katie Lacosse drew assists. OMG looked to get back into the game on a second period powerplay but Compardo would get her 3rd assist of the game setting up Martinsen’s second goal of the game, this time shorthanded. Brohm kept the Queens shutout streak going, saving all 14 shots she saw for the shutout. 

On Saturday morning, the Queens must’ve slept well because they jumped all over Blaine in the first period. Joanna Martinsen opened the scoring with her 3rd goal of the weekend putting home a Riah Compardo rebound. Paige Broughton would make it 2-0 finishing off a great 3-way passing play between Ella Manilla and Akira Tatebe. Katie Lacosse made it 3-0 on the powerplay, winning a clean face-off back and tipping in a point shot created off the cycle between Taylee Marks and Taylor BarenzAvery Olenik would score her first of two goals in the game, finishing off a textbook middle drive pass from a great pass from Bridget Cameron. Taylor Barenz drew the other assist. Olenik would then bang home a rebound created from a relentless forecheck from Rhae Thomas and a Sammy Cicigoi point shot. 

Thomas made it 6-0, again using her greet speed on the forecheck to create another turnover and bury a wrap around. Taylee Marks drew the lone assist. Blaine would get a couple goals back but it was all a formality as Martinsen finished off the scoring in a 7-2 route. 

With their undefeated record, the Bantam AAs were placed into a semifinal playoff round against Eden Praire. Joanna Martinsen opened the scoring by batting home a rebound for the lone goal in a tight checking first period. Assists went to Riah Compardo and Caryss Kehl. The Queens blew the game open in the second period scoring three times to take a 4-0 lead into the intermission. Ella Manilla started it with a great deke on a breakaway with assists going to Sammy Cicigoi and Akira TatebeTatebescored next on a goal mouth scramble with Cicigoi and Compardo getting the helpers. Compardo would finish the scoring by burying the last two goals of the game with assists going to Makara MagbanuaArianna Veneziano, and Joanna Martinsen. 5-1 final. Shots favoured the Queens 27-11.

With that victory, the Bantam AAs find themselves in the Championship final on Sunday at 11:30am against the same team they played in their first game, the North Wright County Riverhawks.

Thunder Bay Queens are a member of Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey Association