Apr 12, 2019 | Sportsgate | 12 views
Final Four Bronze Caps Off Incredible Season
SPORTSGATE HOCKEY: APRIL 12-14, 2019:Winning a bronze medal may have not quite aligned with the team's goal heading into this past weekend's Provincial Women's Hockey League Final 4 championship, but it can still be considered the final key component of the legacy the Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves built this season.
First in the PWHL regular season ... second in the Ontario Women's Hockey Association Provincials ... third in the PWHL Final 4. All were firsts for the seven-year-old franchise and all will be recalled when any future conversations about the Ice Wolves' finest season arise. The Ice Wolves downed the defending-champion Toronto Aeros 3-2 in Sunday's bronze medal game, after both teams had come oh so close to making the gold/silver final."It was nice to end our great season with a win and take the bronze," Ice Wolves head coach Troy Sweet said. "It was a very competitive weekend with four great teams. "Our goal all year was to always be No. 1 in everything we do and win the league, Final Four and Provincials. However, we are extremely proud of our hockey club and it’s been an extraordinary season with extraordinary young women. It has been a pleasure to be able to have coached such wonderful people that gave us everything they could all year long. They have set the bar extremely high for our hockey club."In the bronze medal game, Kingston weathered a shaky first period — they were outshot 11-3 — before opening a 2-0 lead in the first 10-plus minutes of the second. Tatum White scored first, at 2:32, and was followed about eight minutes later by Melanie Young, with her first of two goals. Claudia Yu narrowed the margin to 2-1 before the middle period ended, but Young reinstated Kingston's two-goal advantage 4:09 into the third period. The score remained that way until Brooke Carriere made it a one-goal game when she scored with 43 seconds left after Toronto had pulled its goaltending in favour of an extra attacker.Kingston outshot Toronto 16-12 over the final two periods, and Alexa Gibson gained the goaltending win with a 21-save performance.