2014 Esso Cup

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2014 Esso Cup
Game #9
Final
April 22, 2014 7:00 pm EST
Gateway Ice Centre
Stoney Creek, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
10
9
25
7
7
10
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 5
8
0 / 4
18

Game Story

STONEY CREEK WINS BATTLE OF ONTARIO

By: Wendy Graves

STONEY CREEK, Ont. – Nine days ago the Sudbury Lady Wolves defeated the Stoney Creek Sabres for the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association championship.

On Tuesday night the Sabres exacted a little revenge.

Alexa Vasko’s (St. Catharines, Ont.) shorthanded goal with 26 seconds left in the second proved to be the difference, as the host team improved to 3-0 at this year’s Esso Cup, joining the Weyburn Gold Wings atop the leaderboard.

Emily Calligan (Hannon, Ont.) had the other Stoney Creek goal.

Karli Shell (Lively, Ont.) scored the lone marker for Sudbury.

Hannah Miller (Georgetown, Ont.) picked up her second win of the tournament. Stephanie Pascal (Val Caron, Ont.) took the loss.

After Olympic champions Becky Kellar and Laura Fortino (herself a former Sabre) helped drop the ceremonial first puck, the teams took to the ice and set a blistering pace for the first 10 minutes.

You couldn’t help but feel that Sudbury felt extra motivated tonight. A tweet – #redemption – sent out by defenseman Sarah Jarome (Stoney Creek, Ont.) earlier in the day hinted as much.

“We knew we had to get on them and we didn’t want to lose to them ever again,” Vasko confirmed after the game.

Stoney Creek would get on the board first.

With the ice still wet for the start of the second period, Stoney Creek brought the fans not still in line at the concession stands to their feet. With her teammates creating traffic in front of the crease, Kayla Vespa (Stoney Creek, Ont.) threw the puck on net. Callligan pounced on the loose puck.

It would take eight minutes for Sudbury to equalize. After winning the face-off back to Kennedy Lanktree (Mindemoya, Ont.), Shell drove to the net and positioned herself perfectly for the rebound on the point shot.

The Lady Wolves continued to create the best scoring chances, twice being turned away by the crossbar in the second half of the period. When Sabres captain Mallory Young (Caistor Centre, Ont.) was called for tripping with 63 seconds to go in the second, it looked like Sudbury had the extra advantage it needed.

Instead, it was Vasko picking up a deflected clearing attempt by the Sabres’ penalty kill, driving in alone and beating Pascal high.

Stoney Creek came close to adding an insurance marker in the third, when Claire Merrick (Oakville, Ont.) beat Pascal from the slot. However, the goal was waved off and Victoria Klimek (Orangeville, Ont.) sent to the penalty box for goalie interference.

With the win the host team once again sent its fans home happy. And the crowd’s vocal support hasn’t gone unnoticed by the players.

“We can see and hear them cheering,” said Vasko, “and it’s just awesome to have that behind us to carry us through this journey.”

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Summer Belanco
Tripping minor (2:00)
15:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Kennedy Lanktree
Tripping minor (2:00)
17:05
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Emily Calligan

Assists: Theresa Woodland, Kayla Vespa
00:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Jamie Ricci
(auto) Cross-Checking minor (2:00)
05:59
GOAL
Goal: Karli Shell

Assists: Kennedy Lanktree
08:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Theresa Woodland
Tripping minor (2:00)
10:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Mallory Young
Tripping minor (2:00)
18:57
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Alexa Vasko

19:34
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Stephanie Legault
Slashing minor (2:00)
09:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Victoria Klimek
(auto) Goaltender Interference game misconduct (10:00)
11:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Natasha Costello
(auto) Kneeing minor (2:00)
14:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Meagan McGaughey
(auto) Checking to Head/Neck double minor (2:00)
17:36

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Stephanie Pascal SUD 60 24 22 2 0.917
Hannah Miller STC 60 25 24 1 0.960

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 2 W @ Stoney Creek SabresSTC
Apr 26, 2014
2 - 3 L vs. Sudbury Lady WolvesSUD
Apr 26, 2014
0 - 3 L @ Weyburn Gold WingsWEY
Apr 25, 2014
1 - 2 L vs. Edmonton ThunderEDM
Apr 25, 2014
6 - 3 W @ Fraser Valley PhantomFRA
Apr 24, 2014
3 - 4 L vs. Edmonton ThunderEDM
Apr 24, 2014
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