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Blazers 2023 tournament

 Blazers showcase girls hockey


   U18A BAD Blazers and St. Thomas U11HL Panthers both golden

   at Blazers' tournament featuring 70 teams in 12 divisions


  January 24, 2023


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By Rob J. Ross

AYLMER, Ont. - It is fitting way for a host team to conclude the tournament.

Christine Annett, Paige Poland and Reece Laidlaw, with the game winner, scored as the Belmont Aylmer Dorchester (BAD) Girls Blazers won the U18A division, with a 3-1 win over Stratford, at the (BAD) Girls annual hockey tournament, Sunday at the East Elgin Commnity Centre.

Over 70 teams from as far away as Kincardine, Burlington and Barrie, competed in 12 divisions, U11 to senior, over three days at rinks in Dorchester, Belmont and Aylmer.

The Blazers senior B and U11HL (house league) teams both took silver, while the U13C team finished fifth, with a 2-2 record.

St. Thomas Panthers won the U11HL title, with Samamtha Lee scoring both goals as the Panthers edged the Blazers, 2-1, in the final, to complete a 4-0 tournament.

The Panthers took home silver in the U15HL, U11BB and U11C divisions.

Kitchener got the Panthers, 2-1, in a shootout, for U15HL gold.

Wallaceburg squeaked by St. Thomas, 2-1, in the U11C final.  The Panthers finished first in pool play, not allowing a goal in three games.

Wilmot got by the Panthers, 3-1, in the U11BB gold game. Vayda Harris had the Panthers' lone goal. St. Thomas went undefeated in pool play.

In the U18A final, the Blazers led 2-0 before Kitchener got on the board. Laidlaw scored the eventual winner early in the third period, giving the home team a 3-1 lead.

During pool play, Belmont won two games and tied Stratford at one.

"We put a lot more grit in this game. It was go hard or go home. Everyone put in their all," Blazers' captain Eavan Mercer said. " -We were all together I noticed a more friendly team atmosphere. We were all connected. Our warmup was solid."

In the league action, the Blazers are fighting to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the OWHA playdowns.

"This (win) will give us a lot more confidence going into playoffs. We're still fighting for fourth place to go to playoffs," Mercer said. "We have to win. We're two points behind. We'll need smart passes and a lot of tenacity and grit on the ice."

Wallaceburg left with the U11C and U15C gold.




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