Both the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres and Midget AA Sabres wrapped up the NAHA Labor Day hockey tournament over the weekend. Both squads finished the round robin at the tops of their divisions and qualified moved on to the quarter finals, however tough opponents from Minnesota toppled both teams in the second game on Saturdray. Both the Midget AA and Junior girls teams wrapped up the tourney with wins in consolation games on Sunday.
The Junior Sabres swept their round robin outing with three straight wins. The junior squad shut out Honeybaked, Pittsburgh Pens, and the East Coast Wizards through the first three game and outscored their opponents 6-0.
The Minnesota Whitecaps U19 girls squad gave Stoney Creek more of a challenge with the game heading to overtime. The Junior Sabres were edged 3-2 in that contest.
The consolation final would see the girls face their PWHL regional rivals in the Burlinton Barracudas, who they down 4-1 in their finals game.
Raelene Verbruggen, Lauren Messier, and Vanessa Upson finished the tourney with two goals a piece. Chantal Ste-Croix, Mackenziee Marshall, Alyssa Kawa, Kendall Cooper, Tiana Faccio, and Marisa Valla also had goals in the tournament.
Kayla McDougall played three goals in net for the Sabres and recored wins in all games. Megan Warrener finished with a 1-1 record between the pipes.
The Midget AA squad finished their round robin series with a 2-1 record, winning their first and third games to Minnesota 3-1 and Spitfires U16 5-0 respectively. Their dropped their second game in a close 2-1 loss to Bell Tire U16.
Moving on in the second round the the Minessota Wildcats squad that they topped in the round robin however this time it was the Wildcats who came out on top with a 5-1 victory.
The Sabres finished out the consolation game with a 1-0 victory over Little Caesars U16.
Natalie Mamone put away three goals while Alex Ferguson and Tessa Holk both had a pair of goals in the tournament. Brodi Levitt, Reese Andreychuk, Keira Allen, and Lexy Anonech also scored in the tourney.
Shannon Harris played three games in the tournament, picking up wins in all three games including two shut outs and only allowing a single goal. Keelee Hollowell also played two games in the tournament picking up losses in both appearances.
As the tournament winds up the Midget AA girls will turn their attention towards next weekend when they’ll be hosting the Sabres Midget AA Showcase. The Sabres will be joined by 47 other Midget AA teams, including sqads from the Hamilton Hawks, Ancaster Avalanche, Flamborough Falcons, and teams from all over North America. The tournament starts on Friday, September 6th with games taking place at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre and Gateway Ice Centre in Stoney Creek.