Road to The Esso Cup: Ontario Women's Hockey Association
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March 9, 2011
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2011 ONTARIO CHAMPIONS: Toronto Aeros - advance to 2011 Esso Cup

HOW TORONTO EARNED ITS SPOT AT THE ESSO CUP
Defeated Brantford 3-1, St. Catharines 2-0 and Willowdale 3-0 in round robin competition at OWHA provincial championship, held February 18-20 in Brampton, Ont.
Defeated Kingston 4-0 in quarter-finals February 19.
Defeated Kanata 5-2 in semifinals February 20.
Defeated 2010 Esso Cup champions Thunder Bay 4-2 in championship game February 20.

TOP TEAMS AFTER ROUND ROBIN
Group A - Thunder Bay
Group B - Toronto
Group C - London
Group D - Stoney Creek
Group E - Belleville
Group F - Kanata

QUALIFYING GAMES
St. Catharines 2, Belleville 3
Sarnia 2, London 1
Kingston 3, North Bay 2
Whitby 4, Barrie 1

QUARTER-FINALS
Whitby 0, Stoney Creek 1
Kingston 0, Toronto 4
Sarnia 0, Kanata 2
Belleville 1, Thunder Bay 3

SEMIFINALS
Thunder Bay 3, Stoney Creek 0
Kanata 2, Toronto 5

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Toronto 4, Thunder Bay 2

ONTARIO CHAMPIONS - TORONTO AEROS
The Toronto Aeros have officially dethroned the Thunder Bay Queens from their spot at the top, stealing away the Ontario Women's Hockey Association Midget AA provincial championship title from the team that won it last season and then moved on and up to win the 2010 Esso Cup in Regina, Sask. last April. The 2011 Esso Cup will mark the first appearance for the Toronto Aeros at Canada,s National Female Midget Championship, which enters its third season. Ontario representatives the Scarborough Sharks won the silver medal at the inaugural tournament in Calgary, Alta., in 2009. The Aeros compete in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League, where they currently sit in first place of the central division with 22 games played, 16 wins, two losses, four ties and 36 points total. So far this season, the Midget AA Toronto Aeros have won gold at the 2011 Ottawa Senators Winterlude Showcase, with seven straight wins, and at the 2010 Sarnia Silver Stick tournament, winning all six round robin and final games.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

   
Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca
   
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