Feb 06, 2020 | Rob Nyenhuis | 319 views
Playoff Run Begins for Rod Smith Aces
After an Inspiring End to the Regular Season the Atom B's Are in Tough Against #3 Seed Wildcats
The Rod Smith Stratford Aces Atom B rounded out their regular season with an inspired effort in Lambeth against the 4th place Lancers. Brinlee Wall started out the scoring throwing a feed from Katie Wheal from her right wing at the net to crack open the scoring. The Lancers would respond with fury and tie the game in the second before going up 3-1 into the third frame when Niahm Appel would bury two for the gunners, the first asssits again by Wheal, the second from Charlee MacFarlane and Emerie Smith to bring the game to a draw late into the third. With 1:41 left The Lancers would find the net going up 4-3 and the Aces would have to pull out all the stops. With Flanny pulled the Aces would attack throwing everything they had at the net missing with howitzers wide and high just over the bar. A good last effort but to no avail the girls would skate away with zero points to add to their tally and would end the regular season in sixth place 7-13-2.
The third place 14-5-3 Woodstock Wildcats would be the draw for the Aces in a best of three matchup for the first round of the LLFHL playoffs and the girls would head to the Old Civic Arena Barn Tuesday night in Woodstock. The Wildcats were looking for a foe and would take the game to the girls early and often. The Ace defence prevailed through the first with Russworm putting on a show as an incredible backstopper for the gunners. One would get through in the second followed by another goal that should have been recalled from a puck tapped in after the referee had blown his whistle to stop a frozen puck under Russworm's pad. Inspired work from from the wing particularly from Chloe Shultz, streaking in, protecting the puck and driving the net along with strong defensive work from Hartwick, Helson and Finnie would get the girls close but as the game wore on the Wildcat pressure would continue and the Aces would fall 4-0 in the opening game of this best of three.
The Aces will host the Wildcats for game two of three Saturday February 8 at the Rotary Complex and head back to Woodstock Sunday afternoon to round out the series