Lightning Advance to Lower Lakes League Final ??The Saugeen Maitland Midget ‘AA’ Lightning advanced to the Lower Lakes League final this past weekend over the Brantford Ice Cats.
Needing only a tie to advance to the league final tournament, the Bolts secured a 0-0 draw with the visiting Ice Cats. Goaltender Shea Tiley held the fort to secure the tie and the shutout.
The previous week, the Lightning had taken a three points to one lead in the four-point series with another 0-0 draw and a 5-1 win over Brantford. Harley Westman opened the scoring in the win, assisted by Kelly Gribbons and Tori Terpstra. Gribbons scored one of her own to make it 2-0 for the Bolts before Brantford stormed back to make it 2-1 before the end of the second period.
The score stayed at 2-1 before the Lightning iced the game late in the third period with three unanswered goals by Gribbons, Ashlee Lawrence and Lexi Smith. Kailyn Soers assisted on both of Gribbons’ goals while Sarah Biesenthal and Cassidy Colhoun earned single assists on the Lawrence and Smith goals. Morgan Baker made several key saves while the game was 2-1 to keep the Ice Cats to a single goal. ? The Lightning tied their opening game of the series with Brantford in a 0-0 nail-biter. The Bolts peppered the Ice Cat goalie with shots, but were held off the scoresheet. Shea Tiley was equal to the task, stopping all Brantford shots with some notable saves late in the game to preserve the 0-0 tie.?The Midget ‘AA’ Lightning advance to the Lower Lakes League championship tournament to be held next weekend in Mississauga. The Lightning will face the four other division champions (Whitby Wolves, Stoney Creek Sabres, Durham West Lightning and Etobicoke Dolphins) in a five-team round robin style tournament to determine the league champion.
For schedule and results, see the Lightning website at www.saugeenmaitlandlightning.com.