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Essex Thunder Peewee Orange wins Lakeshore Tournament



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Last weekend the Essex Thunder Girls Hockey House League teams participated in the 5th Annual Lakeshore Lightning Girls Hockey Tournament. This tournament included 34 teams, from all over Ontario, that participated.

The local teams did extremely well in the tournament with all three advancing to the semifinals, and two of the teams making it to the finals.

Both Peewee teams started the weekend playing against the tournament home teams, Lakeshore White and Blue. Essex came on strong and won against both. Both Orange and White continued their winning streaks with two more consecutive wins in the round robin play. By the end of the day on Saturday, with stellar play from all the girls and super goal tending, both the Essex Thunder Orange and White teams moved on to the semi-finals.

The girls were pumped going into Sunday play. The energy could be felt around the arena, with teams trying to secure spots in the Championship.

Essex Thunder White played off Lakeshore White in a nail-bitter of a scoreless game, that went into overtime. With 41 seconds left in that period, Lakeshore scored, knocking out Essex White.

The Peewee Orange played at the same time, on the other rink, against Lakeshore Blue. Peewee Orange came out strong with a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. The team skillfully held on to this lead to knock Lakeshore out and move on to the finals.

In the final, Peewee Orange faced off against Lakeshore White. The girls’ excitement could be felt around the arena.  Orange came on strong right from the drop of the puck and took an early 1-0 lead in the first period. These girls played as a team, with quick forward drive, strong defence tying up the puck, and a strong presence in the net. By the end of the third period, Essex had defeated Lakeshore 3 to 1 and took home the banner.

Congratulations to all the girls and coaches on an exciting weekend.

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