After a slow start, The Stratford Minor Girls Hockey Association Cherrey Bus Lines Midget A Aces fought back to reach the quarter-finals of the Toronto Aces tournament last weekend.
The Aces started the tournament with back-to-back shutout losses to Hamilton and Aurora, but found they had a slim chance to advance to quarter-final action if they could fill the net in their third game.
The Aces came out and played firewagon hockey and before the game had reached the one-minute mark, two goals had been scored - both by Abby Mossey.
The Aces kept pouring it on the mesmerized Scarborough team and when Lindsay Marsh scored on a perfectly placed wrist shot on a breakaway, the floodgates opened.
Soon after, Marsh scored her second goal on a nifty move in close and Allison Teahen connected on a well-placed shot from the point.
Marsh completed her hat trick on a nicely played give-and-go with Mossey and Meaghan Pototschnik pounced on a rebound to make the score 7-0.
Before the final whistle blew, Kylie McGuinness slid in a long shot from the top of the face off circle to make the final 8-1.
The blow-out win advanced the Aces to the playoff round where they met the eventual silver medalist Peterborough.
Stratford found itself down a goal only a few seconds into the game, but bounced back on an end-to-end rush by defenceman Katie Hughes, who ripped a shot by the surprised goalie.
Building on the momentum, Sydney Campbell took advantage of a Peterborough miscue and scored followed by a another goal by Kendra Neeb to give the Aces a 3-1 lead.
In the third period, Peterborough roared back and scored two goals of their own with the tying goal coming with two minutes left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, the Aces dominated play and had multiple opportunities to put it away, but a turnover in the Stratford end resulted in a Peterborough goal and ending the Aces run.