While the Capital District Cyclones don’t have to worry about qualifying for the 2012 Esso Cup – they’re in automatically as the host team – they want to walk in to the National Female Midget Championship through the front door, as Atlantic Region champions.
Step 1 came last weekend, as the Cyclones were crowned Prince Edward Island champions following a perfect run through the provincial tournament, capped by a 2-1 victory over the defending champions, the Kings County Kings.
The Cyclones will travel to Bathurst, N.B., for the Atlantics, March 29 to April 1, knowing win or lose they’ll have the opportunity to play for a national title beginning April 22 at the CARI Complex.
The top seed entering the provincial tournament thanks to their 24-3-3 regular season record in the P.E.I. Female Midget AA Hockey League, the Cyclones breezed through the preliminary round without a loss, beating East Prince (11-0), Pownal (4-1) and Mid Isle (4-1) to claim top spot.
Matched up in the semifinals against East Prince, a surprise final four team after winning just two of 30 regular season games, Capital District cruised once again, scoring an 8-2 victory to advance to the championship game.
In the final for the third time in four years, the Cyclones earned their second provincial title in that span, denying the Kings back-to-back P.E.I. crowns.