The Kinsmen Club of Stratford Intermediate Aces improved their record to 4-0-1, defeating Kitchener Lancers 1-0 in K-W Local League action Sunday night at Dufferin Arena.
Aces got off to a strong start, testing the Lancers’ goalie with a number of good scoring chances, but it wasn’t until 6:08 of the second period when Megan Rauser one-timed a perfect pass from Megan Dale into the top corner of the net, to give her team a 1-0 lead.
From this point on, things got chippy as Kitchener took a number of penalties, trying to slow down the Stratford squad. Aces continued to push through into the third frame, but Lancers’ netminder came up big, stopping shot after shot, in an effort to keep her team in the game.
With the net empty, and less than two minutes remaining, Lancers put up one last-ditched effort to tie the score, but it was Stratford netminder Tasia Reynen’s turn to shine, as she kicked away a number of Kitchener shots to win the game and earn her third shutout of the season.
The Kinsmen Aces remain undefeated, holding first place in the Intermediate division.
COMPLETE TEAM WIN FOR NOVICES
Stratford Perth Auto Dismantlers Novice ‘C’ Aces earned a complete team win, 2-0, against the visiting St. Thomas Panthers this past Saturday afternoon at the Allman Arena.
The Novice ‘C’ coaching staff had the girls well prepared and ready for action. Both goals were unassisted and scored by Ella Van Bakel.
Goaltender Sienna Wildgust earned her third shutout of the season. Notable mention to Aveleen Flood and Kyleigh Denstedt for their strong play in leading the charge.
KINSMEN SENIOR ACES TAME COUGARS
Stratford Kinsmen Senior ‘B’ Aces defeated the Mt. Brydges Cougars 5-2 Saturday night at the Rotary Complex.
Courtney Downham had two goals and one assist to pace the Stratford offence. Janelle Krug, Courtney Canal and Jodi Neeb also scored for the Seniors.
Olivia Pethick had yet another strong showing in net to help the Aces to their third straight win.
PEEWEES FINALLY SOLVE INGERSOLL GOALIE
On Saturday, the All Equip Peewee ‘B’ Aces finally cracked the goaltender from the Ingersoll Ice. Playing a home-and-home series in one day proved to be just what the Aces needed.
In league play at the Allman Arena, the Peewees played a forechecking style that kept the Ice away from the Aces’ end of the rink.
Standout play by all the forwards meant that for sustained periods of time the Ice could not get out of their end. Ryley Jacobs scored the lone Stratford marker, unassisted.
The final score of 1-1 was not indicative of the amount of control that the Aces had in this game.
In game two in Ingersoll later that night, the All Equip Aces yet again played all out and controlled the game.
Apparently taking 31 shots on a goalie results in good things. On a shot from just above the goal line, Hailey Walsh banked one in off the Ice goalie’s far pad.
Determined not to allow a tie or to lose, the forwards kept up their relentless forechecking and the defence kept the Ice away from their goalie.
The 1-0 win was well deserved and can only lead to more success.
COOPER BANTAMS NIPPED BY SABRES
Stratford Cooper Standard Bantam ‘B’ Aces were in action this past weekend, losing 2-1 to the division-leading South Huron Sabres.
South Huron opened the scoring with an unassisted powerplay goal late in the first period. The shorthanded Aces looked to have the puck under control but, after one of the longest goal-mouth scrambles in recent memory, the visitors had the lead.
That lead was extended to 2-0 following an unassisted solo rush midway through the third period. Stratford cut into the Sabres’ lead with 91 seconds left on the clock to set up a wild finish. Stacey Shackleton was credited with the goal. The lone assist was awarded to Meredith MacMillan, who fired the puck from the blue line.
The Aces came up empty with goaltender Shayla Brooks on the bench for an extra attacker as the final buzzer sounded.
A return engagement is scheduled for this Saturday in Huron Park.
The Cooper Standard Bantam ‘B’ Aces met the Mitchell Meteors at the Rotary Complex last Thursday night.
Breann Schooderwoerd opened the scoring for the visiting side in the first period. Her unassisted breakaway goal gave the Meteors an early lift.
The goalies took over for the middle part of the game. Julia Cairns for the Meteors and Sommer English for the Aces made great saves to keep the game close.
Early in the third period, Rachel Nash popped in a rebound to tie the score. Assists went to linemate Madi McKinley and blueliner Jenna Akroyd-Snider.
The score remained deadlocked at 1-1.
These two teams will meet again later this month at the Stratford Aces Festival Cup Challenge tournament.