Stratford Kinsmen Intermediate Aces were looking for revenge on Saturday in Elmira after losing the previous weekend at home to Woolwich Wild, 2-1.
Aces had enjoyed an 11-game winning streak before the loss, so this match-up would prove to be a tough contest. After a scoreless first period, Stratford got on the board in the second as Regan Devlin jammed in a rebound, assisted by Keirsten Steven and Mary McDonnell.
Aces held the slim lead until midway through the third frame when Woolwich capitalized on a scramble in front of the net to tie the score 1-1.
The score remained 1-1 as the buzzer sounded.
On Sunday at Dufferin Arena, the Kinsmen Intermediate Aces faced off against league rivals Waterloo No. 1 in an equally tight encounter which saw Rebecca Tannahill’s second-period goal stand up as the game winner as Stratford edged the Ravens 1-0.
Shayna Kropf earned an assist on the play, while Alexa Groenestege picked up the shutout.
Novice No. 2 team wins Stratford Timbits duel
Sunday afternoon at Dufferin featured a Stratford versus Stratford duel.
The Tim Hortons Novice No. 2 House League team defeated their Tim Hortons Novice No. 1 counterparts 5-2.
The game was intense and played in front of a packed house at Dufferin.
At 7:29 of the first, Samantha Orr scored her first-ever goal, slamming a goal-mouth scramble puck past Torri Wilson. Not to be outdone, one minute later at 6:10, Chelsea Savelle out-hustled the whole Timbit 2 team, scoring on an unassisted effort.
The game remained tied until 7:31 of the second when Ella Smith’s shot went over Wilson’s pads. Smith notched another tally a minute into the third, with assists to Lexi White and Grace Glosnek.
Less than a minute later, Chelsea Savelle was back scoring on a great passing combination with Addyison Reineckor and Devan Taylor. They got the puck past Timbit 2 goalie Kiera Akey. However, after that goal, Akey buckled down. She made relentless saves, frustrating the Timbit 1 team.
Late in the third, Ella Smith was able to add two more insurance goals, with assists going to Hailey Scott, Samantha Orr, Lexi White and Grace Glosnek.
A great game was played by all girls. Timbit 1 played especially well keeping the game close right up until the last five minutes, despite having a much younger team.
Bantams earn draw
On Sunday afternoon at the Rotary Complex, the Cooper Standard Bantam ‘B’ team and Tillsonburg Lightning battled to a 2-2 tie.
Stratford jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Alexa Horne scored a powerplay goal, assisted by Megan Rauser.
After falling behind 2-1, Aces kept battling against the second-place Tillsonburg team and were rewarded with a goal by Megan Rauser, with assists coming from Michaela McKay and Laura Chapman.
Atoms skate to tie
On Saturday at the Allman, the Egg Farmers of Ontario Atom ‘B’ team and St. Marys Rock skated to a 1-1 draw.
The game was uneventful until the Aces’ Hailey Goforth scored in the third period. The Rock answered late in the period.
With the help of Stratford goaltender Ella Wouters, Aces held off a strong St. Marys offence to finish the game with the 1-1 tie.
On Monday, Jan. 14 at the Rotary Complex, the Egg Farmers of Ontario Atom 'B' team tied West Huron Wave 2-2.
Both teams came out fighting in the first period, resulting in a scoreless 10 minutes.
Hailey Goforth netted the Aces' first goal late in the second period, which was quickly followed up by Neely Clarke who cashed in a great rebound. Aces held their own until late in the third when the Wave scored two quick goals to tie the score.
Midgets start year with draw
The Optimist Club of Downie Midget ‘A’ Aces started off the New Year off with a 3-3 tie against London Devilettes last Wednesday night at Dufferin Arena.
Aces started the game strong, scoring first with a shot from the point from Shannon Jewitt, assisted by Taylor Woodhouse. London evened the score with a powerplay goal in the second period.
Aces came back with a pair of goals, by Taegan Haynes and Alexis Brooks, to make it 3-1. Assists were earned by Nicole Marriage and Woodhouse.
With five minutes left on the clock, Devilettes came up with two quick goals to tie the score.
Tie and close loss for Peewees
Stratford Vancea Financial Peewee ‘C’ Aces had a tie and a loss last week.
Aces faced Ilderton Jets on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6.
There was a slow start to the game, which remained scoreless until early in the third period when Jenna Akroyd-Snider scored from Jessica Blowes to put the team on the scoreboard. Jets scored with only three minutes left to tie the score 1-1, and the teams would settle for a point.
Last Wednesday evening at Dufferin Arena, the Peewee ‘C’ Aces faced the Ingersoll Ice. The team put in a very strong effort.
The Ice captain started the scoring late in the first period, but Stratford responded with a super shot from defenceman Robyn Lewis, assisted by Jessica Blowes with only three minutes left in the opening period to tie the count 1-1.
Aces took the lead late in the second period with a nice shot from the blue line by defenceman Tarha Keen that skipped over the goalie’s pads and into the Ingersoll net.
Ingersoll tied the game with only three minutes left in the third period. Then less than a minute later, the visitors struck again from close range.
Unfortunately, the game was cut short due to a curfew with two minutes left on the clock. The game ended with a 3-2 win for Ingersoll.
The Aces team hustled and played extremely well and deserved a better conclusion.
Vancea Financial Peewees played an exhibition game at the Allman Sunday morning against South Huron Sabres.
Aces started the scoring midway through the second period. Jessica Blowes from Jenna Akroyd-Snider scored the first, followed 30 seconds later by Madi McKinley from Rachel Nash. With a two-goal lead late in the middle frame, Akroyd-Snider scored unassisted.
The third period again started slowly, but Rebekkah Phibbs from McKinley scored halfway through the period.
The game’s final goal, with just three minutes left, came off the stick of Kate Schneider from Emily McFadden.
Aces dominated the game with a 5-0 win. Goalie Megan Arnold earned her 12th shutout. Great work team!
Boston Pizza Peewees earn tie
On Saturday afternoon at the Allman Arena, Stratford’s Boston Pizza Peewee House League squad pulled out a 4-4 tie against Woolwich Wild.
Tina Tiemens opened the scoring in the first period on a rush initiated by Alyssa Huehnergard. The second period was a see-saw match. Woolwich drew even early and then about a minute later Mallory Petrie put Boston Pizza up again with a nice shot.
A minute later, the Wild tied it again. A short time later, Meridith MacMillan deked out a defender and and roofed a shot in the top right-hand corner to put Boston Pizza up by one again.
Woolwich tied the score midway through the third and then scored half-a-minute later to take the lead.
Claire Lavereau earned the tie for Stratford with a nice move and a quick shot with three minutes remaining.