Game Details: November 18, 2018 01:50 PM (Tournament), Schedule & Results, Taylor Fluid Systems Peewee C, 2018-2019 (Stratford Aces Girls Hockey)

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November 18, 2018 01:50 PM (Tournament)
Lambton AttackTaylor Fluid Systems Peewee C
Dufferin Lions Arena
The stage was set for the championship game against the Lambton Attack.  Up to this point, a commitment to team work, a tenacious style of play and a no-quit attitude had proven the winning recipe for the Aces.  As they filed out of the locker room and made their way to the ice, you could see the determination written on their faces.  With just one glance we knew, it was Eye of the Tiger time.

From puck drop to final whistle the fans were treated to some of the best, fast-paced, action-packed, gritty, nail-biting hockey they had ever seen.  Scoring opened early in the second when a Lambton forward banged home a fortuitous rebound, giving the Attack the advantage.  Undaunted, the Aces stayed committed to their game plan with sustained pressure and keen positional awareness.  Their efforts were rewarded when a shot by Taylor Neeb slipped through a sea of defenders, beat the goalie, and knotted the game at one.

It would all come down to the third period. Which team would claim the championship?  Action resumed at a break-neck pace, the intensity continued to build. Mid-way through the third, a Lambton tripping penalty gave the Aces a man advantage.  With 55 seconds left in the power play, Devan Taylor took control of the puck, skated across the blue line and rifled a shot that deflected off the net-minder’s blade and into the net, giving the Aces their first lead of the game.

Sensing the game slipping from their fingers, the Attack threw everything they had at the Aces squad.  But this was not the first time the Aces had faced adversity.  Throughout the tournament the Aces had built a resiliency based on a foundation of playing as a single, focused, relentless unit. And it was with that determination that the Aces repelled Lambton’s attack.  With momentum securely in their grip, the Aces pressed the attack, not satisfied to rest on a one goal lead.  With minutes left in the third, Avery Faulhafer found the back of the net putting the Aces one step closer to victory.

On the ensuing face off Lambton took control of the puck, pulled their goalie for the extra skater and went on the attack.  The Aces swarmed to the puck, chasing the Lambton players back into the neutral zone, and as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Aces began to celebrate the hard-earned Festival Cup Championship!

Well done Aces!  

Article by: E. Wheal
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