MADISON, Wis. – The three Thunder Bay Queens teams taking part in the CAN/AM Cup tournament in Madison, Wis., each posted 1-1 records in Day 1 action Friday.
The Triad Contracting peewees began with a 4-1 triumph over the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals in their opener before they were blanked 2-0 by Edina Green on Minnesota in their second contest of the day.
Against Milwaukee, Jocelyn Wojciechowki put Thunder Bay on the board with the lone tally of the opening period.
After the Jr. Admirals tied the game 10 minutes into the middle session, Molly Kunnas responded a minute later with the eventual game-winner as she finished off the work of Mackenzie Lehto and Victoria Darosa.
The Queens put the game away in the third getting efforts from Sibley Duckert and Lucy Newman to round out the scoring. Brenna Nicol had a helper on the Newman marker.
Shots on goal favoured Thunder Bay 32-17 with Josee Robinson picking up the win.
In their next game the Queens could not solve the Edina netminder in the loss to the Green.
Robinson was solid despite the setback making 27 saves for Thunder Bay who put 18 shots on Edina goaltender Elli Strittmater, who saw her side score twice in the second.
It was a similar first result for the First Class Gas bantam AA Queens as they too began a 4-1 victory, which came over the Chicago Fury.
Kaylee Grosjean picked up the initial goal for Thunder Bay to put them up 1-0 after one.
Chicago levelled the proceedings early in the middle stanza, but the Queens countered on another effort by Grosjean and a solo marker Jayda MacArthur to go up a pair through two periods of the play.
Grosjean then capped off a hat-trick with the lone tally of the third to round out the scoring.
Alyssa Aho faced 13 shots in picking up the win as her side put 19 on the Fury stopper.
The bantam AA squad next took on their counterparts from Milwaukee as they dropped a hard fought 1-0 decision to the Jr. Admirals.
The lone goal came in the second off the stick of Milwaukee’s Eleri MacKay.
Makenna Burke had a big game for Thunder Bay allowing only the one against on 26 shots.
The Queens managed just 17 attempts on Emilia Frank who registered the shutout.
As for the Norcan Tours and Travel midget A side they fell in their initial contest, a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Milwaukee.
Tatum Skaggs had a three-goal performance to the midget Jr. Admirals in the win to lead her side.
Supplying the markers for the Queens in that one were Danielle Veneruzzo and Allison Pages.
Veneruzzo also had an assist as did Whitney Scott and Phoebe Leishman.
Brooke Bassaraba was peppered with 33 pucks in the loss in a game that saw her teammates put 19 on Milwaukee netminder Liz Auby.
Battling back in their second match-up of the day Thunder Bay saw Bailey Chenier handle all 14 shots she faced to shutout Team Illinois 3-0.
Mikayla Sparks supplied the only goal the team would require as she notched the game-winner 10:24 into the first period. Kaarina Kotanen and Jacqueline Desimone picked up assists on the play.
After a scoreless second Jordyn Paris set-up Laura Deschamps for a pair of tallies in the third to round out the offensive production for the Queens.
Game action for each of the Thunder Bay teams continues Saturday.
The Norcan midget A’s meet Madison Capitols at 11 a.m. and Chicago at 7 p.m.
As for the FSG bantam AA Queens, they start with Team Illinois at 10:30 a.m. before wrapping up against Madison at 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile the peewee Queens square off against the St. Louis Lady Blues at 3 p.m. in their lone contest of the day.
Final games on Sunday await each of the three Queens’ teams with opponents being based on how the make out in round robin competition.
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