It was a great day for Peterborough Ice Kats Hockey!, News (Peterborough Girls Hockey Association)

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Apr 10, 2024 | Melissa Murray | 292 views
It was a great day for Peterborough Ice Kats Hockey!
This past weekend the U15A Ice Kats captured GOLD in the coveted Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) Southern League Championships against the London Devilettes!  48 teams competed in 5 divisions throughout the season to earn their berth to the Championship.

The Southern league is the largest girl’s hockey league in Canada encompassing U9 to U22, from Windsor to Kingston, and as far north as Sudbury.

 

The Devilettes are the #1 ranked U15A girls’ team in Canada and enjoyed an undefeated regular season and nearly perfect playoff run.  The Ice Kats are ranked 3rd in Canada and also had an impressive year, recording only one loss in the regular season and taking home hardware in 4 tournaments!

 

Playoff run!

The Ice Kats lead the east division, securing 1st place in the regular season and were perfect in the playoffs against the Whitby Wolves, Durham West Lightning, and Scarborough Sharks to advance.  In round two, the Ice Kats faced off against the North Simcoe Capitals in a home and home series. The Kats took the first game 4-0, then travelled to Midland where the Kats gave up a 2-0 lead to the Caps giving them a tie to stay alive, forcing game three! A standing room only crowd at the Kinsmen arena on Easter Saturday saw the Kats come out on top and punch their ticket to the Championship Finals!

 

Championship game!

The Kats took the lead in the first period, with Addie Hulsman scoring from the point. London answered right back with a power play goal in the dying minutes of the first.  The second period was a neutral zone battle, as the Kats grinded the Devilettes and controlled the play but couldn’t find the back of the net.

 

The third period was just as exciting, and saw London use their impressive speed to drive the net taking a one goal lead early in the period.   Peterborough never backed down and played a physical and intelligent game.  Exceptional defensive coverage, and smart heads-up hockey kept the Kats in the offensive zone throughout the period, and Isabelle Casselman pinched hard from the blue line, sending a bullet to the back of the net, forcing  sudden death overtime.

 

Both goalies were nothing short of exceptional throughout the game and into the shootout!  After four shooters from each team, Peterborough came out on top with the lone goal from Addie Moher.

Summitted by Erin McGIll