MADISON, Wis. – Opening day action for the Thunder Bay Queens was a respectable one at the fourth annual CAN/AM Challenge Cup in Madison, Wis., as the three competing clubs there won four of the six games they played.
The midget A Queens went 2-0 on day 1 posting wins over the Keweenaw Storm of Hancock, Mich., and the Highland Park Flames of Illinois.
They started off with a 6-2 victory against Keweenaw and followed that up with a 6-1 decision against Highland Park.
Meanwhile RBC Dominion Securities bantam A and Tim Hortons peewee sides both went 1-1 to begin the tourney.
Game 1 for the midget A’s vs. the Storm saw Whitney Scott pace the attack with a goal and two assists.
Supplying singles in the triumph were Jordyn Paris, Alyssa Cicigoi, Mikayla Sparks, Montana Russo and Kaarina Kotanen.
Thunder Bay outshot Kewweenaw 34-14 in the contest with Cameron Ivall picking up the win in net.
In the decision against the Flames, Sparks tallied twice and set-up another to lead the way offensively.
Allison Pages, Jacqueline Desimone, Madeline Browczuk and Delaney McLeod also scored in the win while Scott doled out a pair of assists.
Taylor Gombola earned the victory in goal for the Queens.
The midget A Queens return to the ice Saturday as they meet the Minnesota Revolution at 3:15 p.m. followed by a 10 p.m. encounter vs. the Chicago Fury.
As for the bantam AA Queens they began the CAN/AM Challenge Cup with a 4-0 shutout of the Eastman Selects of Manitoba riding a 16-save shutout by Josée Robinson before falling 4-1 against St. Louis Lady Blues later in the day.
Vanessa Nicholl opened the scoring for Thunder Bay with the eventual game-winner.
Allyson Lesperance added to the lead 4:31 into the middle session before getting insurance efforts courtesy of Carly Hennessey and Victoria Darosa in the third.
Dayna Doucet chipped in with a couple of helpers to aid the offensive cause for the Queens.
In the contest vs. St. Louis, the game was scoreless into the third period before the Blues struck four times in an 11-minute span to pull out the win helped by Skye Ziehwain’s two-goal performance.
Darosa had the lone Thunder Bay marker in the late going on an assist by Ellen Svane.
Shots on goal favoured St. Louis 25-21 with Makenna Burke suffering the setback in net.
The bantams also play twice Saturday as they take on the Madison Capitols in a 2:30 p.m. start before meeting the Chicago Fury at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile the Tim Hortons peewees started off by doubling up the Brighton KV Ravens 4-2 before being topped 8-1 by a strong Edina Hornets Green side.
Alexis Paddington scored twice for the Queens, including the game-winner, in the triumph over Brighton with Isabella Badanai and Grace Grosjean also finding the back of the net.
Hope Bobyck-Goheen dished out a pair of assists in the win.
Shots on goal were 22-16 with Thunder Bay having the edge in a contest that saw Lindsay Humeniuk earn the decision.
In the loss to Edina, Olivia Nicholl had the lone marker for the Queens in a game they were outshot 47-13.
Goaltender Camryn Williams made 39 stops in defeat.
The peewees wrap-up round-robin play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. vs. St. Louis.