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Twisters Bring Home Double Gold in Leaside

Twisters Bring Home Double Gold in Leaside

It was another busy tournament weekend for the North Halton Twisters representative and Developmental Stream (DS) teams in the 40th Annual March Break Madness tournament hosted by the Toronto Leaside Wildcats. The Twisters sent teams from Novice to Bantam to compete, with 4 teams advancing to the medal round and 3 teams bringing home a medal.

The Novice A team brought home their fourth medal of the 2018-19 season and they are still hungry for more as their Lower Lakes and Provincial Run aren’t over yet. The Novice A team earned a silver medal after a tough 4-3 loss in the championship game to the Orangeville Tigers. In round robin play the Novice A team went 1-2-0 picking up a win over Whitby and dropping games to Toronto Leaside and Markham-Stouffville. This seemed to be enough for the Twisters as the Novice team earned a spot in the quarter finals where they met the Oakville Hornets. The Twisters downed the Hornets 9-3 to advance to the semi-finals, which set up a rematch against Markham. The Novice team wanted to redeem themselves after dropping a previous game 4-1 to the strong Markham side. The Twisters came out on top defeating the Stars 4-2 to advance to the championship game sending the Stars to the Bronze medal game. In the championship game the Novice Twisters battled hard but unfortunately fell just short to dropping a tight match 4-3 to the Orangeville Tigers. Goal Scorers for the Novice A team over the weekend included, Hillock (7), Claringbold (3), Giancola (3), Niejadlik (2), Oliver (2) and Petrie (2).

The Peewee A team who has enjoyed a great season thus far picked up their second medal of the season. Throughout the tournament the Peewee A team only allowed 1 goal though 5 games while scoring 9 themselves. The Peewees opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie over the Stratford Aces before going on a 4 game win streak to defeat the Aces in the championship game. On route the finals, the Peewee team downed the Barrie Sharks, Aurora Panthers and Toronto Leaside Wildcats. The Peewee A team is still competing in the third round of LLFHL Play-offs and have also advanced to the Provincial Championship in April.

The Bantam A team has had a great showing in tournaments this season, picking up 2 gold medals. The Bantam A Twisters had a strong showing in the Toronto Leaside Wildcats March Break Madness Tournament this weekend going 5-1-0 through 6 games. The Twisters dropped game 1 to the Brampton Canadettes before going on a 5 game win streak. In game 2 the Twisters squared off with the Stoney Creek Sabres where they picked up a 2-0 win, Nikki Deschenes earned the shutout in goal while Lily McLaughlin picked up the unassisted game winning goal. In game 3, the Bantam A team downed the Barrie Sharks 3-0 while outshooting them 25-6, goaltender Kayla Constantini picked up the shutout while the game winner was scored by Ciaryn Clipperton on the power play assisted by Carly McArther. After going 2-1-0 in round robin play the Twisters had rightfully earned their spot in the quarter finals against Vaughan. The Flames directed the puck at Deschenes 12 times through out the game but she turned all 12 shots aside for her second shutout of the tournament. Regulation time was not enough in the elimination match as Kylie Kerr scored the overtime winner with 42 seconds left to send the Bantam A team to the semi-finals on Sunday where they would face the Mississauga Chiefs in yet another overtime bound match. In the overtime period the Twisters earned a penalty shot with under a minute remaining. With the game on her stick McLaughlin fired home the game winning goal which sent the Twisters to the championship match. The championship game set up a rematch with the Sabres and the Twisters came out strong. In a back and forth match, Shayne Klimsiak scored two goals while Daniella Ernst scored a power play goal to seal the win for the Twisters as they defeated Stoney Creek 3-2 to claim their second gold of the season. The Bantam A team will be in action on April 5-7 in OWHA Provincial Championships. For full stats see scores below.

Novice A GM1: 6-3 win vs Whitby GM2: 1-0 loss vs Toronto Leaside GM3: 4-1 loss vs Markham-Stouffville Quarters: 9-3 win vs Oakville Semis: 4-2 win vs Markham-Stouffville Gold: 4-3 loss vs Orangeville Novice B GM1: 6-1 loss vs Toronto Leaside GM2: 1-0 win vs Kitchener GM3: 3-0 loss vs Sudbury GM4: 2-1 loss vs Barrie Novice DS GM1: 4-2 loss vs Brock Jr Badger GM2: 7-1 loss vs Markham-Stouffville GM3: 4-0 loss vs Toronto Leaside GM4: 7-3 win vs London Atom DS GM1: 7-0 loss vs Nepean GM2: 3-0 loss vs Toronto Leaside GM3: 3-0 loss vs Etobicoke GM4: 4-1 win vs North York Peewee A GM1: 1-1 tie vs Stratford GM2: 2-0 win vs Barrie GM3: 4-0 win vs Aurora Semi: 1-0 win vs Toronto Leaside Gold: 1-0 win vs Stratford Bantam A GM1: 3-0 loss vs Brampton GM2: 2-0 win vs Stoney Creek; L.McLaughlin, S.Bullen (G), J.Drakes (A), N.Deschenes (SO) GM3: 3-0 win vs Barrie; C.Clipperton (PPG, A), K.Kerr, S.Klimsiak (G), C.McArthur, M.Lawson (A), K.Constantini (SO) Quarters: 1-0 win vs Vaughan; K.Kerr (G), J.Drakes (A), N.Deschenes (SO) Semis: 2-1 win vs Mississauga; J.Drakes, L.McLaughlin (G), N.Deschenes (SO) Gold: 3-2 win vs Stoney Creek; S.Klimsiak (2G), D.Ernst (G), C.Clipperton, C.McArthur (A), K.Constantini (W) Bantam DS GM1: 6-3 loss vs Guelph GM2:3-0 win vs Toronto Leaside GM3: 2-0 win vs North York Quarter: 2-1 loss vs Nepean

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