AYLMER - For the second time this season, St. Marys Norampac Peewee girls took an undefeated record into a hockey tournament final.
The Rock entered the Belmont-Aylmer-Dorchester (BAD) Girls Hockey Association tournament here Feb. 4, 5 and 6.
The tourney was held in the beautiful East Elgin Community Complex, a new twin-pad arena in Aylmer. There were 40 girls teams in six divisions from Atom to Senior 'BB' participating.
In their opening game Friday morning, Norampac goalie Sarah Edye stole the show and the game as she shut out Thamesford 1-0.
Nicole Barber, assisted by Catelyn Kittmer, scored the only goal that St. Marys needed as Edye was unbeatable despite being out-shot by a wide margin.
Friday afternoon, the Norampac Peewees put in a much better performance against one of the host 'BAD' teams.
Two quick goals in the last minute of the second period broke a scoreless tie. Kelsey Robinson fired a blast from the point after centre Nicole Barber passed the puck to her directly from a face-off.
Just 20 seconds later, Barber scored from Megan Ritsma to stun the home team.
Barber was at it again with her second goal 32 seconds into the third period. Natalie Mitchell earned the lone assist.
'BAD' No. 2 narrowed the gap to 3-1 before Stacey Frayne sealed the win with an end-to-end rush to score the fourth and final St. Marys goal.
Prior to their game Saturday afternoon, Julie McPhail, Nicole Barber, Stacey Frayne and Sarah Edye represented the Rock in a skills competition.
Barber won the puckhandling, Frayne the shooting, and Edye the goaltending segments for their pool which resulted in St. Marys winning the team skills trophy.
The coaching staff of Bill McPhail, Ben Ritsma and Trish Edye juggled the lines for the third game.
Cheynne McLean shifted to centre between hard-working wingers Emily Armstrong and Loes Borgijink. Natalie Mitchell moved to a line with slick-skating centre Rene Tomkins and winger Heather Fraser.
The new combinations were firing on all cylinders as St. Marys dominated London in the early going with constant pressure and four breakaways in the first five minutes of the contest.
The London goalie played an outstanding game to keep the Norampac girls off the scoresheet until 7:31 of the second period when Julie McPhail banged in a rebound from a Nicole Barber shot.
Three minutes later, Stacey Frayne finished a solo rush with a hard shot to beat the embattled London goaltender. Goalie Sarah Edye was solid when called upon to record her second shutout in the 2-0 win.
On Sunday, the Rock girls met 'BAD' No. 1 in the Peewee House League final.
Julie McPhail, from Nicole Barber, opened the scoring and Rene Tomkins gave St. Marys a 2-0 lead. Steady defenceman Ashley Hibbert, who assisted on Tomkins goal, later had to leave the game due to an injury when the referee fell on her.
The Nafziger sisters, Sarah and Jessica, played well on defence throughout the tournament--proving you can turn figure skaters into hockey players.
'BAD' No. 1 finally ended Sarah Edye's shutout streak late in the second period, and tied the game 2-2 midway through the third.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime, the two teams went to a shootout.
Two of the five 'BAD' shooters scored, while none of the St. Marys players were able to dent the twine. A tough way to lose a championship game.
Upcoming- Still ahead for the Norampac Peewee girls are their league playoffs and a spot in the Young Canada Peewee tournament in Goderich in March.