Blades forward Lindsay Druker prepares to shoot in girls PeeWee A action. Photo by Team Thunder.
The DDO PeeWee A Blades and Lakeshore Panthers girls’ hockey teams faced off recently in what could only be described as a thriller of a hockey game. The contest won by the Blades by a score of 2-1 featured nonstop action by the two teams for 60 minutes of play. Christine Lampron opened the scoring for the home town Blades when she fired a low screen shot past Panthers’ goalie Kaehla Acteson with just three seconds remaining in the first period. Up to that point the game was evenly matched with the Blades enjoying a slight advantage on shots on goal. With both coaches mixing up their lines as the game progressed Blades ace centre Samantha Liverman was extremely effective. Playing alongside wingers Brianna McNeil, Lindsay Druker, Christine Lampron and Sarah Chin, Liverman showed exceptional team spirit as she continually head manned the puck to her fast skating teammates forcing the Panthers defensemen Geneva Allen, Emma Kane and Kaitlyn Scrimgeour to play perhaps their best game of the season in order to keep the game close. Trailing by one goal going into the third period Nicole Stafiej put her team on the scoreboard early in the period when she put a low shot past Blades goaltender Alina Traa. However in spite of being outplayed by the Panthers in the early going of the final frame Blades’ winger Christine Lampron combined with Mikayla King and Brianna McNeil and fired her second and winning goal past Acteson shortly after. For the Panthers who came close on numerous occasions in the final minutes of the contest to tie the game, the line of Catherine Leveille, Kristina Perron and Holly Bloomfield as well as the line composed of Emma Beisswanger, Liza Patt and Milina Tiltin were perhaps the best for their team on the night. However it was the Blades defensive brigade composed of among others Bianca Dufault, Penelope Townend, Avery Johnson and Kelsey Beauchamp who closed down the Panthers sharp shooters and preserved the victory for the Blades.