BRANTFORD - The Downie Optimist Midget ‘A’ Aces went undefeated in the Walter Gretzky tournament to take home the gold medals.
Stratford edged Hamilton Hawks, 2-1, in the opening match. Aces struck early on a goal by Emily Patterson in the first two minutes of the game. Despite penalty trouble in the second, Aces were able to hold the Hawks off until the third period to a single goal.
Taylor Woodhouse secured the win with an unassisted shorthanded goal late in the third.
Aces drew a tie with Brantford Ice Cats in their second game, 0-0.
Game MVP Aden Green hustled the entire game, creating a few scoring opportunities. Jackson earned the shutout.
Stratford came out on fire early against Ancaster Avalanche in Game 3, scoring in the first 17 seconds. Julie Van Nes rushed the puck, took a hard shot and Aden Green was there to scoop up the rebound.
In the second, Taylor Woodhouse fed the puck to Rachael Dotzert, who sent a nice wrist shot, putting the Aces up 2-0.
Ancaster put the pressure on in the third and were able to score with only four minutes remaining.
Game MVP honours went to Aden Green for the second time. Aces won, 2-1.
The Midget ‘A’ Aces triumphed again over Ancaster Avalanche in the championship game, 3-1. Nicole Marriage, Taegan Haynes on an unassisted breakaway and Aden Green scored for Aces.
Walter Gretzky was on the ice to congratulate the winners as he handed out the medals.
The final game was won by a great team effort as every player put forth their best effort.
The tournament win was a great way for the Midget ‘A’ team to close out their season.