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Gridlink Atom Queens Back On Top at Westfort Fall Classic

11/10/2019, 4:00pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Sunday, November 10, 2019

Gridlink Atom Queens Back On Top at Westfort Fall Classic

THUNDER BAY, ON — After losing in last year’s championship final of the Keating Westfort Fall Classic Tournament, the Gridlink Atom Queens were a team on a mission this weekend going 4-0 in the round-robin, outscoring opponents 25-0.  

The Queens would defeat the Neebing Hawks in the Quarter-Finals 9-0 with goals coming from Morgan Barenz, Siena Ricciardi, Lily-Don Comeau, Kayla Grant, Vienna MinnelaAva Hrubeniuk (twice), and Olivia Vinet (twice). The Queens then went on to beat the Westfort Maroons in the Semi-Finals 7-0 thanks to twin hattricks from Vinet and Barenz, and a solo marker from Madelynn Moore.  

In the Finals, the Queens took on the Dryden Blades and outshot them by a massive margin but Dryden goalie Zak Pyykkonen kept the game close with his spectacular play. Late in the third period, Olivia Vinet would finally solve the netminder, scoring on a play from Madelynn Moore. Then just 66 seconds later, Ava Hrubeniuk fed Shayla Stokaluk who’d score again for the Queens to extend the lead to two. Queens goalie Norah Traer, as she had all tournament, turned away every puck she saw and Kayla Grant added a late goal as the Atom Queens took the game 3-0, winning their second Westfort Fall Classic title in 3 years, and the 3rd title in  4 years by a girls team as the Thunder Bay Fury took the crown in 2016, one year before the institution of the Atom Queens team. 

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

Gridlink Atom Queens make Quarter-Finals

11/09/2019, 10:00pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Saturday, November 8, 2019

Gridlink Atom Queens make Quarter-Finals

THUNDER BAY, ON — The Bantam A Queens got an early start on Saturday, taking on the Elks 82s Peewee AA at 8:00am who’d score a goal in the first, another in the second and one more in the third before the Queens struck back with one of their own as Alexis Prepp and Paige Fucile setup Grace Fitzpatrick to make it 3-1 but the Elks would get that back, winning the game 4-1. The Bantam As got an afternoon game against Hearst but it’d be another lopsided loss, dropping this one 6-1, ending their tournament with a 0-4 record. Chloe Allam got the lone goal. 

The Strasser & Lang Peewee Queens were also up early taking on the KC Sabres but would drop the game 5-0, giving them an 0-4 record on the weekend.  

Over to the Atom A division where the Gridlink Atom Queens looked to keep their undefeated record going against the host Westfort Rangers. Kaelyn Stansell, Paetyn Stansell and Ava Hrubeniuk opened the scoring with a goal each in the first giving their team an early 3-0 lead. Olivia Vinet potted an early second period goal while Paetyn Stansell potted her second of the game to make it 5-0. In the third, Madelynn Moore would finish it up with one last goal for a decisive 6-0 victory. 

Last game before the playoff rounds, the Atoms had one more test against the KC Knights. KC kept the Queens off the scoreboard in the first but Ava Hrubeniuk finally converted one of their chances in the second on a play setup by Shayla Stokaluk and Kaelyn Stansell. 1-0 going into the third. Just 26 apart, the Queens would make it a 3-0 game after Moore and Danica Wilson setup Vinet and then Moore and Vinet would setup Vienna Minnela. Vinet would also score her second goal (and third point) of the game in a 4-0 final which matches the Queens’ 4-0 record. 

Looking at Sunday, the Peewees' and Bantam As’ weekends are done but the Gridlink Atom Queens will start the first of a possible three games with an 8:00am matchup against the Neebing Hawks at TC1. If they win, they’ll play again at 11:15 at FN2 for the chance to play in the Championship game 2:30pm at FN1. 

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

Day Two of the Westfort Fall Classic

11/08/2019, 11:15pm EST
By Queens Communications

THUNDER BAY QUEENS HOCKEY

Media Release: Friday, November 8, 2019

Day Two of the Westfort Fall Classic

THUNDER BAY, ON — On the second day of the Westfort Fall Classic, the Strasser & Lang Peewee Queens had an afternoon game against the Current River Comets. The Comets opened the scoring in the second with a couple goals but the Queens cut the lead to one after Kingston Golding and Annie Mallon setup Makenzee Kostiuk at the end of the second. 2-1 after two. The Peewees push for the tying goal but couldn’t convert on their chances while the Comets potted an insurance goal, taking the game 3-1. At the same time, the Bantam A Queens played the Norwest Stars who didn’t fare much better losing 4-1. 

The Peewee Queens had two games on this day, facing the Norwest Stars but like their Bantam A counterpart, managed a single goal, scored by Beth Gagnon, with three coming back the other way. 

Over in the Atom A division, the Gridlink Atom Queens put up their sparkling record against the Westfort Maroons. Both teams went scoreless until 2:04 remaining in he second period when Siena Ricciardi scored on a setup feed from Morgan Barenz. That seemed to open the floodgates for the Queens. In the third, Danica Wilson drew assists on three straight goals, first to Vienna Minnela, then Shayla Stokaluk and lastly, Olivia Vinet to give the Atoms a 4-0 lead. Ricciardi and Barenz would combine for one more goal, this time with Siena setting up Morgan to make it a 5-0 final. 

Looking ahead to Saturday, the Atom Queens have a couple game, playing host Westfort Rangers at 9:00am and then the KC Knights at 4:00pm. 

In the Peewee AA division, the Peewee Queens play the KC Sabres at 9:30am and the Bantam As play twice, first against the Elks 82s at 8:00am and against Hearst at 1:15pm. 

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