The Sudbury Lady Wolves Midget AA team continued their dominance ahead of hosting the 2019 Esso Cup by winning the OWHA Provincial Championships on the weekend.
Boasting a 19-1-2 record to top the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League, the Lady Wolves made a statement that they're determined to become the first Esso Cup host to win gold in the 11-year history of Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.
The Lady Wolves rolled through the preliminary round at the OWHA championships, winning all three of their group games while outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 11-1. Sudbury met the Kingston Ice Wolves in the quarter-finals and advanced to the semis with a 3-0 win.
A pair of unbeaten teams met in the semi-finals as the Lady Wolves took on the Chatham Outlaws, who had surrendered just one goal in their first four games. The Lady Wolves managed to find some cracks in the Outlaws' armour, earning a 3-2 win and a berth in the finals.
In the finals, the ladies took on the Stoney Creek Sabres and managed to complete their clean sweep of the competition, earning another 3-2 win to take the championship banner. Stoney Creek will advance to the Esso Cup as the Ontario representative, as the Lady Wolves had already punched their ticket as the host team.
Joining the Lady Wolves and Sabres in the six-team championship will be the St. Albert Slash from Alberta (Pacific region), the Saskatoon Stars (West region), and the Station Six Fire (Atlantic region). The Quebec champion will be crowned next weekend to round out the field.
The Esso Cup gets underway at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex on Sunday, April 21. The Lady Wolves will take on the Station Six Fire at 7 p.m. on April 21 in their first game of the competition.