Midget A - 2015 Provincial Championships
As a team filled exclusively with first year players - 1999's playing in a league against 97's and 98's - expectations were understandably tempered this season for the Nepean Wildcats Midget A team. It became clear rather quickly they more than belonged at the level. After winning the 2014-15 ODWHA City championship last month, they followed it up with GOLD at the 2015 Ontario Women's Hockey Championships April 12th in Vaughan, Ontario.
The club marched through round robin play with a perfect 3 and 0 mark, beating Bluewater (4-1), Ancaster (2-0) and Whitby (3-2), securing one of the 4 coveted byes to the quarterfinals. There, they faced Whitby again and prevailed 3-1.
Both games in the medal round were extremely close. In the semis, Nepean took on a speedy, dump-and-chase group from Guelph. A power play goal in overtime gave the 'Cats a 2-1 win. The final was a scoreless affair with North Durham until Nepean finally broke through with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. They hung on for a 2-0 win, a perfect 6 and 0 record, and the championship.
It ended up being back-to-back golds for 10 players on the club who were members of last year's Nepean Bantam A provincial gold winner.
Congratulations to the fantastic girls of the Nepean (Black) Midget A Wildcats - Isla, Lindsay G, Jenni, Isabella, Tessa, Lindsay W, Nicole, Enid, Lindsey G, Amy, Erica, Jenna, Larissa, Sydney, Kathleen, Megan and Stephanie. Best of luck to all of you next season!
Bantam A - 2014 Provincial Championships
The Nepean Wildcats Bantam A girls hockey club is celebrating triple gold today. After pulling off the ODWHA city regular season and playoff titles, the Wildcats won the OWHA provincial title April 13th in Brampton. The Wildcats gave up just one goal in the entire tournament, en route to a perfect 6 and 0 record.
The OWHA Bantam A Championship was a 24 team event, featuring 6 groups with 4 teams in each. The Wildcats earned 1 of 4 byes available, moving straight to the quarterfinals, storming through round robin play with wins over Chatham (2-1), Toronto-Leaside (4-0) and Clearview (4-0). Nepean outscored the opposition 10-1 in the process.
In elimination play, the 'Cats took down Stoney Creek (1-0 OT) and Oakville (2-0) to advance to the championship game against London. The Devilettes had just upset a brash Whitby team that had confidently expected to find itself in the final.
Head coach Ron Graham had promised in March to wear a tuxedo behind the bench if they made the final and made good on the vow. The best dressed coach in hockey watched his club grab a 1-0 lead in the first minute then control the pace from there. They closed out London with a 2-0 gold medal win, then happily piled on their goaltender who had been so outstanding all weekend.
Congratulations to Hunter Gibbons, Jenni Karam, Isabella Fizzard, Tessa O' Connor, Lindsay Warne, Nicole Lamers, Enid McLean, Lindsey Gill, Amy Graham, Sierra Banks, Julia Aurora, Brooke Tam, Rhys Brown, Sydney Lahey, Laura Cook and Stephanie Richardson. It was a magical season highlighted by gold medal friendships – neither likely to be forgotten.
Bantam B - 2014 Provincial Championships
How can you put into words the experience of a lifetime? For the Bantam B Nepean Wildcats and their proud parents and coaches, that is what took place this past weekend in Vaughan, Ontario at the 2014 Ontario Provincial Championships. 18 teams went into the weekend with hopes and dreams and when the final buzzer sounded in the Gold Medal Game, Wildcat Nation erupted into a celebration not soon to be forgotten! The girls secured a quarterfinal berth out of a tough pool that included Clearview, Whitby and past tournament rivals Georgina. Sudbury, Stoney Creek (Hamilton) and South Point (Windsor) each provided extremely tough challenges but very strategic time-outs from Coach Marc kept the girls calm and focus when they needed it most. They found new levels of poise and determination and refused to be denied the ultimate prize … they brought fire, they brought fight, they represented the red, black, and white, they used power, they used speed and they proved to the world they are Ontario’s Best Team!!! Way to go Wildcats!!! A million thanks to coach Marc Switalski and his staff for an amazing weekend and an amazing season. The girls made us all proud and gave us memories which will last a lifetime.
Congratulations to Shaughnessy Bassett, Rebecca Thornhill, Cassie Bohm, Sarah Moore, Morgan Whitteker, Lauren MacDonald, Emily Watkins, Sierra Kent, Gabby Sacca, Mackenzie Kelly, Emily Bueti, Leah Mercer, Maddy Lemaire, Megan Beck, Linnea Dalvi & Mia Fitzpatrick and to our coaching staff, Marc Switalski, Rod Tornhill, Pops Shoutham, Pat Hewitt, Caitlin Delfino, Maira Bueti & Nicole Kelly.
Peewee C - 2013 Provincial Championships
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