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Road to the 2019 Esso Cup: Sudbury Lady Wolves
The hosts have displayed championship credentials, and are peaking at the right time
Quinton Amundson
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April 19, 2019
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Ever since the end of training camp, the Sudbury Lady Wolves have been determined to prove they have a legitimate chance to become the first host team to win the Esso Cup.

Mission accomplished.

Sudbury compiled a 19-1-2 regular-season record in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League, outscoring opponents 95-19 in the process, reached the championship game of the LLFHL playoffs and won gold at OWHA provincials to enter Canada’s National Female Midget Championship through the front door.

Head coach Jay Duncan credits his players committing to playing a relentless brand of hockey as a major cause for a season full of great moments.

The defining moment, though, was how his team performed in the face of tragedy early in the season.

On Oct. 31, former Lady Wolves forward Mélisa Kingsley passed away after a two-year battle with sarcoma. Mélisa – the older sister of Sudbury netminder Mireille Kingsley – was a member of the Lady Wolves squad that captured gold at the 2015 Esso Cup in Red Deer, Alta.

The Lady Wolves had to play a three-game weekend series less than two days later.

“We completed those three games winning two and tying one,” Duncan says. “Not sure how we did it. It was emotionally tough. It was a train wreck for the whole weekend for these kids. That was the toughest adversity in that sense. We thought we might lose all three games, but we found a way.”

The intensity has ramped up through the season, including an unbeaten romp to gold at provincials, but Duncan says he believes his team can find another gear leading up to the Esso Cup.

“I am hoping that at the end of the day we realize we are a really good team,” he says. “We’re built for success. I believe we have it in us.”

HOW THEY GOT TO SUDBURY

OWHA Provincials
Preliminary round: 3-0 – first place in Group E (defeated Markham-Stouffville Stars 3-1; defeated Hamilton Hawks 3-0; defeated London Devilettes 5-0)
Quarter-final: defeated Kingston Ice Wolves 3-0
Semifinal: defeated Chatham Outlaws 3-2
Championship game: defeated Stoney Creek Sabres 3-2

REGULAR SEASON

Record (W-L-T): 19-1-2 (1st in LLFHL)
Goals for: 95 (1st in LLFHL)
Goals against: 19 (1st in LLFHL)
Longest winning streak: 11 (Nov. 10-Jan. 19)

PLAYOFFS

Record: 6-0
Goals for: 20
Goals against: 5

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2014 – Sudbury Lady Wolves | bronze medal | 4-3 | 19GF 15GA
2015 – Sudbury Lady Wolves | gold medal | 6-1 | 27GF 11GA

PLAYERS TO WATCH

KATIE CHOMIAK
strong and powerful skater ... good shooter with great hands ... works extremely hard ... plays with a smile

MADISON LABERGE
very good skater … has a big shot ... not afraid to get involved offensively ... aggressive in all three zones

MYLENE LEFEBVRE
great hockey IQ ... can see the play develop ... has a pass-first mentality ... sneaky quick with nice hands

For more information:

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Hockey Canada
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Katie Macleod
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Hockey Canada
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2019 NPT Camp: WHT 5 – JPN 0 (Game 5)
Dunn lit the lamp three times to net White a victory over Japan.
2019 NPT Camp: RED 5 – JPN 0 (Game 4)
Sorley and Culmone netted two goals apiece to lead Red to the victory.
2019 NPT Camp: RED 1 – WHT 0 (Game 3)
Culmone scored and Larocque made 14 saves to help Red blank White.
2019 NPT Camp: WHT 15 – JPN 0 (Game 2)
McGregor drove his team to the win column with a six-point outing.
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