Bantam A Queens split in opening day action in Buffalo

Sportop Queens in action in Winnipeg - Photo by Terry Lee
Sportop Queens in action in Winnipeg in 2015 - Photo by Terry Lee

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Thunder Bay Tim Hortons bantam A Queens split a pair of games in opening day action at the Harbor Center Cup Friday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Thunder Bay began with a 2-1 setback against the Hamburg Hawks before rebounding for a 2-1 triumph over the Erie Lady Lions.

Against Hamburg, Mackenzie Christie opened the scoring for the Queens just past the 10-minute mark of the opening frame with Riley Thompson earning the lone assist.

The Hawks countered with a pair of markers in the middle session, including notching the game-winner via the power play.

Goaltender Mya Gownalock faced 17 shots in defeat.

In the match-up with Erie, the bantam A’s skated out to a 2-0 lead after the opening stanza thanks to tallies from Caitlyn Olinski, who finished off a feed from Emma Winters, and Meadow Quachegan whose goal was the eventual difference maker.

The Lions dashed Gowanlock’s shutout bid in the latter stages of the third to round out the scoring.

Thunder Bay outshot Erie 16-12 overall.

The Queens return to the ice twice Saturday starting with the Rochester Edge at 10:55 a.m. before wrapping up round robin play with a 2:45 p.m. face-off vs. the Kensington Valley Ravens of Michigan.

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