Rod Smith Atom B’s Fall Short in LLFHL Playoffs, News, Rod Smith Financial Atom B, 2019-2020 (Stratford Aces Girls Hockey)

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Rod Smith Atom B’s Fall Short in LLFHL Playoffs
Submitted By Rob Nyenhuis on Sunday, February 16, 2020
  Girls look forward to Provincial Playdown Series

The Rod Smith Financial Atom B Aces made the most of their three game first round series against the Woodstock Wildcats. After a first game loss on the road the Aces would host them for game 2 ready to prolong the series. They fell 1-0 early in the first but this goal would be the only goal the Aces would allow today.  Emerie Smith on the Smith-Appel-MacFarlane line would bang one in from Charlee MacFarlane to tie it in the second amid solid Wildcat pressure. The Aces other forward lines Blain-McDonald-Nickel and Shultz-Nyenhuis-Wall would help with the Ace pressure campaign taking the play to the Wildcats, working together creating chances.  This sustained pressure would help propel Niahm Appel in the third with a solo skate from her blue line to the Wildcat net where she unleashed her signature wrist shot giving the Aces a 2-1 lead.  Under increasing Wildcat pressure late into the third the Aces would hold them off tying the series 1-1. 

Game three went back to the Old Civic Arena in Woodstock Sunday where a regrouped Wildcat team would be ready to take on the newly confident Ace team. The defensive units of Wheal-Finnie, Hartwick-Helson and Stokes-Donnelly would hold the relenting pressure, but the Wildcats would overpower the girls today not allowing play to get through the neutral zone. Despite the best efforts of Macie Russworm between the pipes the Wildcats would take the game to the Aces this day and the girls would fall 2-0. The Road to the Provincial finals are now ahead of the Aces – and the road must go through their Western foes in Huron County, The South Huron Sabres and the Huron Heat.  These home and home series will test the Aces but they get a chance to hone their developing play upfront and improved solid play at the back in a last tourney in Brantford Feb 21. With the continued improvement the Aces have every chance to play to the Provincial Final in April.  
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