BLAINE, Minn. – Sports – The Thunder Bay Queens have two teams moving on to gold medal games at the All-American Girls tournament in Blaine, Minn., as the First Class Gas bantam AA and the Triad Contracting peewee sides each earned the opportunity to play for a championship.
FIRST GLASS GAS BANTAM AA QUEENS 3 WINNIPEG TWINS 1— A tight-checking affair saw Hannah Armstrong tally twice to send her side to the title game in the under-14 bantam elite division.
Armstrong notched both her markers sandwiched around one by Winnipeg in the opening period, including notching the game-winner, with Amanda Pages drawing the assist of each effort.
After a scoreless middle session Kaylee Grosjean added some insurance with a third period power play goal with six and half minutes to play.
Alyssa Aho picked up the win in net for the Queens, who improved to 3-0.
They’ll now meet the Chaska/Chanhassen Storm Hawks of Minnesota in the championship game Sunday at noon.
TRIAD CONTRACTING PEEWEE QUEENS 2 MOUNDS VIEW MUSTANGS 2 (OT) – The peewee Queens rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit to pull out a 2-2 overtime draw with Mounds View to wrap-up pool play with an unbeaten 2-0-1 record and earn a spot in Sunday’s final.
After the Mustangs went up a pair in the third period Thunder Bay got a goal from Molly Kunnas to pull her side to within one.
Brenna Nicol then notched the equalizer on an assist from Carly Hennessey to level the proceedings.
After a scoreless five-minute OT solved nothing the game ended in a draw giving the Queens a point and a place in the peewee title game.
Josee Robinson was in net for Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay will now tangle with the Anoka Tornadoes in the final Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Queens defeated Anoka 2-1 in round robin play Friday.
ANOKA TORNADOES 4 MANSHIELD CONSTRUCTION BANTAM A QUEENS 0 – Playing up a division the bantam A Queens fell to 1-2 in the tourney as they were blanked by Anoka.
Taylor Gombola started in net for Thunder Bay and stopped 18 of 22 shots she faced in defeat while Samantha Stubb stopped both attempts she had in 13 minutes of relief.
They trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-0 after two.
The bantam A Queens conclude play in the tourney Sunday at 10:15 a.m. as they take on North East Metro United of Minneapolis at 10:15 a.m.