Mixed results for Queens at OWHA provincials

Thunder Bay Queens WHA

TORONTO, Ont. – There was mixed results for the four Thunder Bay Queens’ teams Friday that are competing at the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association provincial championships in Toronto.

The Sportop midget AA side suffered a loss to begin play then struck late in their second game of the day to advance to the qualifying round.

In the midget A division Thunder Bay won both of their contests while the bantam AA Queens went 0-1-1 and the bantam A’s dropped both of their contests on the day.

Midget AA play saw the Sportop Queens fall 3-1 to the Whitby Wolves with Molly Kunnas picking up the lone tally for her squad on an assist from Jayda MacArthur. Josée Robinson suffered the loss in goal.

Then needing to win to keep their season alive, they pulled starter Aden Johnson, late with the game tied, and used the extra attacker to pull out a 2-1 triumph over the Barrie Sharks.

After Barrie opened the scoring midway through the first, Karadyn Kiviaho notched the equalizer with 1:17 left in the frame.

The score stayed 1-1 until the late going when Amanda Pages picked up the dramatic game-winner with 27 seconds remaining.

Madeline Browczuk assisted on both Thunder Bay markers while Kiviaho and Lucy Newman also had helpers.

They will now meet the Oakville Hornets Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the victor moving on to the quarter-finals to take on the Chatham Outlaws at 4:30 p.m.

As for the Topper’s Pizza midget A’s they posted a 4-1 win over the North Durham Blades before going on to blank the Etobicoke Dolphins 4-0.

North Durham carried a 1-0 cushion into the middle stanza before Madisonlee Fullum tied things up late in the second.

Fullum then notched the decider with two and a half minutes left in the third before Cassandra Carangi and Brooke Herman added insurance goals to secure the win.

Victoria Darosa and Carly Hennessey dished out two assists apiece in the win while Cameron Ivall was in net in the victory.

Game 2 of the day for the midget A’s saw Anjelina Badanai post the shutout in blanking Etobicoke.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Queens struck three times in the middle session to take control on markers by Darosa, Caragni and Herman.

Caitlin Olinski added one more in the third to round out the scoring.

Next up will be a 10:30 a.m. meeting with the London Devilettes.

Bantam AA play saw the Queens carry the play against the North Bay Ice Boltz but had to settle for a 1-1 draw before they were rattled 7-0 by the top-ranked Stoney Creek Sabres.

Thunder Bay picked up the first goal with a shorthanded effort in the second by Kendra Fortin only see North Bay supply the tying tally in the third off a point shot through a screen that Queens’ goaltender Lindsay Humeniuk could not see.

In the match-up vs. the highly touted Sabres, Stoney Creek got hat tricks from Taylor Lum and Mackenzie Marshall to help pace their attack.

The Queens will need a win in their final robin game Saturday morning at 8 a.m. against the Scarborough Sharks if they hope to advance to the playoff round.

Meanwhile the Tim Hortons bantam A’s fell 6-0 to the Chatham Outlaws and 4-0 to the Mississauga Chiefs to slip to 0-2.

They’ll finish up against the Grand River Mustangs Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

OWHA Provincial Championships
Toronto, Ont. (Various venues across the GTA)
Thursday, April 6
Midget AA: vs. Guelph Jr. Gryphons 1-1 Tie

Friday, April 7
Midget AA: vs. Whitby Wolves 3-1 Loss
Bantam AA: vs. North Bay Ice Boltz 1-1 Tie
Bantam A: vs. Chatham Outlaws 6-0 Loss
Midget A: vs. North Durham Blades 10:45 a.m.
Midget AA: vs. Barrie Sharks 2-1 Win
Bantam A: Mississauga Chiefs 4-0 Loss
Bantam AA: vs. Stoney Creek Sabres 7-0 Loss
Midget A: vs. Etobicoke Dolphins 4-0 Win

Saturday, April 8
Bantam AA: vs. Scarborough Sharks 8 a.m.
Bantam A: Grand River Mustangs 9:30 a.m.
Midget A: vs. London Devilettes 10:30 a.m.
Midget AA: vs. Oakville Hornets 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 9
Medal Games: T.B.A.

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