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Panthers win game win of U11 final
 

 Panthers strike late for opening win

   

   Dekker and Rundle score in final two minutes for 4-3 win against Bluewater

 

 

  March 21, 2022

 

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By Rob. J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - A late third period come back has the St. Thomas Panthers two points away from a title.

Andie Dekker and Kensley Rundle scored within a mnute of each other, in the final two minutes of the third period, to lift the Panthers over Bluewater, 4-3, in game one of the Western Ontario Girls Hockey League U11 HL four point final, Monday at Memorial Arena.

"A big swing of 180 degrees," said Panthers' head coach Craig Barnes, of the player's moods over the final minutes. "We played well and we pulled it out. We played hard. A big save by Caroline Rodgers, our goalie, at the end. With only a couple seconds left, that was a big save."

Bluewater broke a 2-2 tie with under six minutes remaining in the third period of the back and forth game.

"We kept it at it. When Bluewater scored, I think we took the play over and tied it," said Barnes. "During a (Bluewater) timeout, we (coaches) said to the girls, play defence and we'll be happy with the tie, but if you get the opportunity go for it, and Kensley did."

Olivia Bosma and Austin Goebel gave St. Thomas leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

Zoe Cyros, with two goals and Clora Campbell, scored for Bluewater.

St. Thomas advanced to the final, following a round robin record of three wins, two ties and a loss, against Bluewater and West Oxford.

"It was tough with the COVID break. It took a couple weeks, but we got our legs back. We've been playing well at the right time," Barnes said. "Coming together positionally was a main thing for our girls. Fundamentally, keeping our positions in check was key. We've done that."

Game two of the final, is Sunday, at Strathroy. Game three, if necessary, is back at Memorial, Monday, March 28.

                           

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