Hail to the champs.
Soo Great Lakes Bus Atom BB Wildcats captured the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association provincial championship over the weekend.
A balanced attack on offense, solid defense and outstanding goaltending led the Wildcats to a perfect 6-0 record.
The Wildcats began the tournament with a 4-0 whitewash of the Aurora Panthers. Isabelle Deady-Bell recorded the shutout while Sierra Drodge netted two goals with solos from Mya Headrick and Erika Beitz.
In the second game, Tate Hartley recorded the shutout in another 4-0 victory for the Wildcats — this time over the North York Storm. Kylie Esposito, Kendall Boissoneau, Beitz and Headrick tallied the goals.
The Wildcats closed out the round-robin with a 2-1 victory over the Oakville Hornets led by Headrick, who scored both goals.
In the quarter-finals, the Wildcats defeated the Woolwich Wild 2-0 behind Deady-Bell’s flawless netminding. Taryn Greco and Headrick handled the scoring.
In the semi-finals, the Wildcats battled the Russell Castor River Coyotes and came away with a 3-2 victory. In that one, the Wildcats came back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period on the strength of two goals in 21 seconds then held the lead with solid defense and clutch saves by Deady-Bell. Sophie Jaremko had the game winner while Beitz and Drodge had the other two goals.
In the gold-medal game, the Wildcats closed out the championship with a 2-0 victory over the Flamborough Falcons. Deady-Bell had the shutout while Jaremko and Boissoneau netted the goals.
Members of Atom BB Wildcats championship team are players Isabelle Deady-Bell, Amy Dodson, Sienna Whitfield, Shayna Gagnon, Rylyn Oliver, Milana Perri, Kylie Esposito, Taryn Greco, Sophie Jaremko, Brielle Caruso, Erika Beitz, Amelia Spacek, Sierra Drodge, Kendall Boissoneau, Mya Headrick, Paige Parker and Tate Hartley. Staff members are head coach Steve Caruso, assistant coaches Jamie Greco and Matt Parker, assistant coach/trainer Shannon Spacek and manager Teresa Perri.