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Submitted By Chris Cardno on Monday, November 25, 2013
Our Bantam C Girls, travelled to Kitchener during the weekend of November 22 and participated in the Kitchener Lady Rangers Fallfest Tournament. 

The tournament presented an excellent opportunity for the girls to play two teams they had not faced, being Kincardine and Lucknow-Wingham, together with two teams from our league play, Petrolia and Sarnia.  

The parity in the division was excellent, with all teams having a legitimate chance to succeed in this four game round robin, leading to the final on Sunday.   

On Friday our Ice Stars opened with a game against Kincardine.  Only a small resemblance of rust was apparent in the early stages as Kincardine jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but was countered by two unanswered goals and a 2-1 victory for the BCH girls.  

Later in the day, they faced off against league opponents, Petrolia Oilers whom BCH had beat twice and tied once in regular season.  The most recent regular season game was a 4-0 shutout a couple weeks ago.  Petrolia clearly were out to avenge the previous loss to BCH and offered a fast and pressure filled game, giving our girls all they could handle.  The game was back and forth with a number of scoring opportunities by each side and finished as a 1-1 tie.  

Day 2, the girls opened up against Lucknow-Wingham, a team who had not lost a game this season.  Lucknow-Wingham is a skilled team and has a particularly strong defensive core.  The IceStars came out flying and never let up in this one and with solid defence and goaltending on our side, were able to capitalize with two goals and held on for a 2-1 victory.  

Going into game 4, the girls were already seeded in first place and guaranteed a spot in Sunday’s final.  Building on the momentum and excitement from the game against Lucknow-Wingham, the girls put together another strong performance versus Sarnia.  With a final score of 3-1 and a game which the girls carried, confidence was high heading into Sunday’s final against Lucknow-Wingham.  

Onto the Sunday’s final, both sides displayed considerable respect for one another in this fast paced and entertaining game.  The game proved to be a defensive battle with each side minimizing scoring chances.  Lucknow-Wingham opened the scoring, however BCH countered soon after with a power-play goal to knot the score at 1.  Regulation ended as a tie and off to the unique overtime structure of a sudden death, 3 on 3 format.  This structure is great for the excitement element, however someone has to lose and with Olympic sized ice, creates a new challenge for the girls in somewhat unfamiliar ground.  In the end Lucknow-Wingham capitalized and scored the winning goal to take the Gold Medal, with a 2-1 final.   

To sum it up, in the game of hockey there are rare occasions when you do not measure success by winning hockey games.  This weekend is a true example of a team with ample success despite being one goal short in a dramatic overtime final.  

The group of dedicated young ladies, demonstrated the true definition of team effort.  There are far too many positives displayed over the weekend, both on and off the ice by each of the 14 team members and coaching staff, to worry about the final game result.  

A very rewarding weekend and one that the coaching staff, parents, friends and the organization are proud of.
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