Stratford Aces started last weekend's Mitchell tournament off to 0-0 tie against St. Marys for their first game Friday morning. The Aces came out slow but then picked up their game.
The Aces outshot their opponents but the St. Marys goaltender was not giving them a break. Maggie Schweitzer was player of the game. Rebecca Taylor played well in net.
The Aces second game had them matched up against a very strong Lucan team. It was back and forth down the ice for most of the game with Lucan opening the scoring in the second period. Aden Green tied the game at 2:31 of the third period on a great breakaway rush on a clearing pass from Kayla Veldman. Julie Van Nes was player of the game. Emily Strawbridge made some key saves to keep the Aces in the game.
On Saturday in the quarter finals, the Aces came out flying scoring just 24 seconds into the game against Mitchell. Madison Empson scored from Aden Green. Green scored the Aces second goal from Empson. Julia Van Nes scored the Aces third goal of the opening period with assists to Keilan Pottle-Kelly and Nichelle Brodhagen. Mitchell broke Emily Strawbridge's shutout attempt with 1:27 seconds remaining in the third. Brodhagen rounded out the Aces scoring assisted by Pottle-Kelly. Kayla Veldman earned player of the game honors.
The Aces played a very strong semi-final game Saturday night against Petrolia despite losing 1-0. Petrolia scored the game's only goal at 1:38 of the second period on a power play.
The Aces outshot Petrolia 20-7 but were unable to beat a very good Petrolia goaltender. The girls never gave up as they did not surrender a single shot on net in the third period. Keilan Pottle-Kelly earned player of the game award which could have gone to anyone of the Aces as everyone played with their hearts and a strong desire.