Stratford Stricklands Toyota Atom ‘C’ Aces exemplified team work this weekend by defending home ice Saturday afternoon at the Allman Arena.
Aces have been waiting a while for an offensive explosion and why not the potentially last game at home.
Scoring was provided by Meghan Bach, Belle Houle, Meg Feore, Lauren Martin, Grace Glosnek and Emma Blowes in a convincing 6-0 victory over Chatham Outlaws.
Assists were earned by Nicole Hahn, Alexa Hahn, Lexi White, Lauren Dekok and Ella Smith.
Keira Akey made a couple great saves in the last minute to preserve her shutout.
The offensive flurry could not have occurred without stellar defensive play by Hailey Scott, Avery Nickel, Brooklyn Chadwick and Clara Schuster.
KINSMEN INTERMEDIATES FINISH FIRST OVERALL
The Kinsmen Club of Stratford Intermediate Aces completed the second half of their season Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Cambridge Roadrunners at the Hespeler Arena, finishing first overall in the K-W Local League with a record of 11-1-1 with 33 goals for and only two against.
Sunday’s game saw the Aces get on the board five times with goals by Kirsten Matthews (two), and singles by Megan Rauser, Leah Matthews and Erin Kuepfer.
Rauser, Leah Matthews, Kuepfer, Megan Dale, Paige Bryn and Sami Eaton each tallied assists, while goaltender Tasia Reynen earned her league-leading 10th shutout of the second half round-robin.
The Kinsmen Intermediates now advance to the semi-final game against the fourth-place Waterloo Ravens.
KINSMEN SENIOR ‘B’ ACES TIE LUCKNOW IN OPENER
At Saturday night at the Lucknow Arena, Stratford Kinsmen Senior ‘B’ Aces battled to a 5-5 tie against the Lucknow Legends.
This was the opening game of the four-point championship series.
Katie MacSorley notched the tying goal late in the third to secure the first series point for the Lady Aces.
Janelle Krug had one goal and one assist in the effort. Stratford has a one-week break from SOWHL playoff action as they head to Niagara Falls for a tournament this weekend.
The Senior Aces next face off against Lucknow at home on Saturday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m.
ELIASZIW’S PAIR LIFTS PEEWEE ACES
BELMONT - In WOGHL playoff action here last Thursday evening, the All Equip Peewee ‘B’ Aces defeated the B.A.D. Blazers 2-0.
Getting back to playing a forechecking style obviously worked as the Aces took 23 shots to the Blazers’ nine. Keeping the majority of the play in the offensive end of the ice was the result of great team play.
While goalie Emma Ivey did not have to stop many shots, she played very well yet again. The defence also helped stop the majority of the Blazers’ opportunities.
Offensively, the Aces were all over the Blazers defence which kept any chance of a breakout to a minimum.
Mihret Eliasziw scored both goals for Stratford. Anika Akroyd-Snider had one assist and Chloe Bannon had two helpers.
Aces have one more game in the preliminary round, and then hopefully off to the finals.
COOPER BANTAMS QUALIFY FOR PROVINCIALS
Stratford Cooper Standard Bantam ‘B’ Aces have qualified for the Provincials after defeating the West Huron Wave 4-2 at Dufferin Arena last Wednesday night.
As she has on many occasions this year, Abby Debus opened the scoring with an unassisted goal late in the first period.
After killing a couple of penalties early in the second period, Aces stretched their lead to 3-0. Wingers Maddy McNab and Jenna Bouwman each had a goal and an assist, while centre Kate Schneider also double-dipped with a pair of assists.
West Huron rebounded with a pair of goals in the third period, while the home side continued to have penalty trouble.
Madi McKinley put an end to the comeback with a goal on an Aces’ powerplay, banging home a rebound from a Joanna Van De Walle shot.
Goaltenders Sommer English and Shayla Brooks shared the win in the Aces' net.