Intermediates as good as gold

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Saugeen shores hosted the Regional International Women's Silver Stick hockey tournament last weekend. The Flamborough Girls' Hockey League's Culotta Homes Sabres Intermediate "C" team headed to Port Elgin in Friday afternoon's snow storm for a weekend they won't soon forget.

Being the inaugural year for an intermediate team in the FGHA, this is a young team consisting of eight Midget players and six first-year intermediate players in division where the age range is from 18-22 years old.

On Friday night, the Sabres faced off against Owen Sound. There was no scoring in the first period, and both teams looked very even. Late in the second period, Tonja MacRae on a penalty kill stole the puck from the Owen Sound defence and found the back of the net. Then the Sabres defence took over, controlling the flow of the game. Midway through the third, Sabres keeper Chelsea Cockshutt turned aside a breakaway to hold onto the shutout and a 1-0 win.

On Saturday morning, the Sabres were up against Goderich for game two and took control from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer. The Sabres limited Goderich to five shots all game, but while creating plenty of scoring opportunities, could not capitalize.The match ended in a scoreless tie, leaving the girls in need of a win or tie in the last round robin game to advance to the semi-finals.

Up against Strathroy on Saturday night, the Sabres came out flying. Tara O'Kelly opened up the scoring in the second period with a shot off the back of Strathroy's goaltender. Lindsay Harrison added a little insurance, scoring on a rebound from Rhonnie Cockshutt on the next shift. O'Kelly got her second of the game on a shot from the point setup by her sister, Shannon. The Sabres outshot Strathroy 42-7. Final score: 3-0 for the Sabres.

The Culotta Homes Sabres finished first in Pool A next took on the Pool B leaders, from Ripley in the semi-final game.

Caitlin Moncur scored early in the first with Alison Russell and Tara O'Kelly adding one each to put the Sabres ahead 3-0. Ripley battled back with two goals, stopping Cockshutt's shutout streak. In the third period, Christie Culotta on defence showed her speed on an end-to-end rush to give the Sabres a 4-2 lead. Not to be outdone, her defence partner Kailey Soeting did the same to seal a 5-2 victory and a berth in the final.

Sunday's gold medal game was against Teeswater, an older and more experienced team that was in control for the first period. But MacRae scored after a lead pass from Jill Watson. There was no scoring in the second, with the Sabres only getting in two shots.

In the third, with the Sabres short-handed, Alyssa Stanisz won the opening face-off and got the puck back to Tara O'Kelly, who scored from centre ice. The Sabres were ahead, 2-0. Two shifts later, Teeswater came within one. But with 5:21 left in the game, Laura Sanford set up Harrison to give the Sabres a two goal lead. In the dying seconds of the game, MacRae finished what she started, a short handed goal, with the assist going to Lindsay Melvaer. Cockshutt was solid between the pipes, stopping 23 shots.C

The first four games of this tourney showed that the Sabres have skill and speed. but the gold medal game, these ladies showed that they can play with heart.

-Submitted by Mark Cockshutt

Intermediates as good as gold

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Saugeen shores hosted the Regional International Women's Silver Stick hockey tournament last weekend. The Flamborough Girls' Hockey League's Culotta Homes Sabres Intermediate "C" team headed to Port Elgin in Friday afternoon's snow storm for a weekend they won't soon forget.

Being the inaugural year for an intermediate team in the FGHA, this is a young team consisting of eight Midget players and six first-year intermediate players in division where the age range is from 18-22 years old.

On Friday night, the Sabres faced off against Owen Sound. There was no scoring in the first period, and both teams looked very even. Late in the second period, Tonja MacRae on a penalty kill stole the puck from the Owen Sound defence and found the back of the net. Then the Sabres defence took over, controlling the flow of the game. Midway through the third, Sabres keeper Chelsea Cockshutt turned aside a breakaway to hold onto the shutout and a 1-0 win.

On Saturday morning, the Sabres were up against Goderich for game two and took control from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer. The Sabres limited Goderich to five shots all game, but while creating plenty of scoring opportunities, could not capitalize.The match ended in a scoreless tie, leaving the girls in need of a win or tie in the last round robin game to advance to the semi-finals.

Up against Strathroy on Saturday night, the Sabres came out flying. Tara O'Kelly opened up the scoring in the second period with a shot off the back of Strathroy's goaltender. Lindsay Harrison added a little insurance, scoring on a rebound from Rhonnie Cockshutt on the next shift. O'Kelly got her second of the game on a shot from the point setup by her sister, Shannon. The Sabres outshot Strathroy 42-7. Final score: 3-0 for the Sabres.

The Culotta Homes Sabres finished first in Pool A next took on the Pool B leaders, from Ripley in the semi-final game.

Caitlin Moncur scored early in the first with Alison Russell and Tara O'Kelly adding one each to put the Sabres ahead 3-0. Ripley battled back with two goals, stopping Cockshutt's shutout streak. In the third period, Christie Culotta on defence showed her speed on an end-to-end rush to give the Sabres a 4-2 lead. Not to be outdone, her defence partner Kailey Soeting did the same to seal a 5-2 victory and a berth in the final.

Sunday's gold medal game was against Teeswater, an older and more experienced team that was in control for the first period. But MacRae scored after a lead pass from Jill Watson. There was no scoring in the second, with the Sabres only getting in two shots.

In the third, with the Sabres short-handed, Alyssa Stanisz won the opening face-off and got the puck back to Tara O'Kelly, who scored from centre ice. The Sabres were ahead, 2-0. Two shifts later, Teeswater came within one. But with 5:21 left in the game, Laura Sanford set up Harrison to give the Sabres a two goal lead. In the dying seconds of the game, MacRae finished what she started, a short handed goal, with the assist going to Lindsay Melvaer. Cockshutt was solid between the pipes, stopping 23 shots.C

The first four games of this tourney showed that the Sabres have skill and speed. but the gold medal game, these ladies showed that they can play with heart.

-Submitted by Mark Cockshutt

Intermediates as good as gold

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Saugeen shores hosted the Regional International Women's Silver Stick hockey tournament last weekend. The Flamborough Girls' Hockey League's Culotta Homes Sabres Intermediate "C" team headed to Port Elgin in Friday afternoon's snow storm for a weekend they won't soon forget.

Being the inaugural year for an intermediate team in the FGHA, this is a young team consisting of eight Midget players and six first-year intermediate players in division where the age range is from 18-22 years old.

On Friday night, the Sabres faced off against Owen Sound. There was no scoring in the first period, and both teams looked very even. Late in the second period, Tonja MacRae on a penalty kill stole the puck from the Owen Sound defence and found the back of the net. Then the Sabres defence took over, controlling the flow of the game. Midway through the third, Sabres keeper Chelsea Cockshutt turned aside a breakaway to hold onto the shutout and a 1-0 win.

On Saturday morning, the Sabres were up against Goderich for game two and took control from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer. The Sabres limited Goderich to five shots all game, but while creating plenty of scoring opportunities, could not capitalize.The match ended in a scoreless tie, leaving the girls in need of a win or tie in the last round robin game to advance to the semi-finals.

Up against Strathroy on Saturday night, the Sabres came out flying. Tara O'Kelly opened up the scoring in the second period with a shot off the back of Strathroy's goaltender. Lindsay Harrison added a little insurance, scoring on a rebound from Rhonnie Cockshutt on the next shift. O'Kelly got her second of the game on a shot from the point setup by her sister, Shannon. The Sabres outshot Strathroy 42-7. Final score: 3-0 for the Sabres.

The Culotta Homes Sabres finished first in Pool A next took on the Pool B leaders, from Ripley in the semi-final game.

Caitlin Moncur scored early in the first with Alison Russell and Tara O'Kelly adding one each to put the Sabres ahead 3-0. Ripley battled back with two goals, stopping Cockshutt's shutout streak. In the third period, Christie Culotta on defence showed her speed on an end-to-end rush to give the Sabres a 4-2 lead. Not to be outdone, her defence partner Kailey Soeting did the same to seal a 5-2 victory and a berth in the final.

Sunday's gold medal game was against Teeswater, an older and more experienced team that was in control for the first period. But MacRae scored after a lead pass from Jill Watson. There was no scoring in the second, with the Sabres only getting in two shots.

In the third, with the Sabres short-handed, Alyssa Stanisz won the opening face-off and got the puck back to Tara O'Kelly, who scored from centre ice. The Sabres were ahead, 2-0. Two shifts later, Teeswater came within one. But with 5:21 left in the game, Laura Sanford set up Harrison to give the Sabres a two goal lead. In the dying seconds of the game, MacRae finished what she started, a short handed goal, with the assist going to Lindsay Melvaer. Cockshutt was solid between the pipes, stopping 23 shots.C

The first four games of this tourney showed that the Sabres have skill and speed. but the gold medal game, these ladies showed that they can play with heart.

-Submitted by Mark Cockshutt