Stealthy Flames play
It was a contest to decide the final spot in the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival (WickFest) Bantam Elite final. In short, it was the Clarington Flames that did it with a well-worked game against Calgary Fire White. The Ontario team, who play in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League, took the lead after five minutes with a goal scored by Hayley Doyle. They never looked back. Steady defense, stealthy progress up centre ice and a healthy shot count (32) gave the Flames their win. The Flames consolidated with two minutes to go in the first period with a short-handed goal by Ashley Adams. Fire White pushed back and a blaster from the blue line from Gracie Gilkyson had the Flames goalie, Jia Leblanc beaten.
Fire White started strong in the second period but took a couple of penalties. Their defenders almost held tight but with seconds to go, the Flames swiped them again with a goal from Hayley Doyle, her second. Lots of fore-checking form Fire White resulted in few shots and the Flames went off for the ice flooding with a 3-1 lead.
Todd and Tonna take Flames to the final
It was still a two-goal game and Fire White fore-checked hard but Clarington Flames scored two times more in the final period with goals from Mikayla Todd and Jessica Tonna.
Final score: Clarington Flames 5-1 Calgary Fire White
Good luck to the teams that made it to the final, Regina Ravens and Clarington Flames.We all play for Canada!
Sock of the match
No music (again) in today’s game so I have gone, instead for the sock of the match. That goes to the Clarington Flames for their flashy, retro hosiery (see other photos, below, for evidence!)
Up next: That’s it for the Fire White at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival (WickFest) at Winsport, Calgary. We are back to the Alberta Female Hockey League on Saturday, December 2, with a game versus Lethbridge Cyclones at East Calgary Twin Arenas (ECTAs).
More action from the game
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