Huron Heat teams continue great season for local girls' hockey
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Last weekend, the U18 BB Huron Heat were in Sarnia to take part in the regional Silver Stick tournament, finding success, but ultimately falling short of the podium.
The team opened its tournament with a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Lambton Attack on Jan. 5, but bounced back with a 5-4 win over a team from Littleton, Colorado later that day.
The Heat opened play on Jan. 6 with a 2-0 shutout win over the London Devilettes, but then suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the St. Thomas Panthers, ending their tournament.
Two other Huron Heat teams - the U11 C and U15 C teams - were also in tournament action over the weekend. The U11 C Heat were in Scarborough for the annual Scarborough Sharks tournament, while the U15 C were busy taking part in the Woodstock Wildcats tournament.
The U11 C Heat opened play with a 2-0 win over the Nepean Wildcats on Jan. 5 before finding victory again over the South Huron Sabres by a score of 3-1. The next day, the team beat the Upper Maitland Mustangs by a score of 8-0 and remained undefeated in the face of another meeting with the Mustangs, beating them by a score of 3-0.
The Heat then advanced to the playoff round on Sunday, but fell to the South Huron Sabres by a score of 1-0, ending their tournament.
In Woodstock, the U15 C Heat opened their tournament with a 2-0 win over the Tillsonburg Lightning on Jan. 5 and then ended their game with the St. Marys Rock in a scoreless tie later that day.
On Jan. 6, the Heat beat the Owen Sound Ice Hawks by a score of 3-0 in their only game of the day before moving to Sunday play. However, in the playoff round, the Heat lost to the Lambton Attack by a score of 3-1.
In regular season action on Jan. 7, the U11 HL Heat was on the road to play the North Middlesex Junior Stars HL team, but lost by a score of 1-0, while the U18 C Heat hosted the Mitchell Meteors C team in Seaforth, but that game ended in a scoreless draw.
Also that day, the U15 BB Heat were on the road to play the Lakeshore Lightning and the Senior team was at the Elma Logan Arena to play Monkton, but scores for those games were unavailable at press time.
On Jan. 6, the U13 HL team hosted the Lucan Irish HL team in Goderich and won by a score of 3-2 and the U18 C Heat travelled to Wilmot to take on the Wolverines C team and won by a score of 4-1.
The U11 BB Heat beat Grand River in Blyth that day by a score of 3-2. Also that day, the U9 HL and C teams took on two Lucan Irish teams on the road in half-ice contests, but scores were not kept for those games.
The U9 B Heat played the Wilmot Wolverines on the road on Jan. 9, while the U11 HL team hosted the North Middlesex Junior Stars HL team in Seaforth, but scores were unavailable for those games as of press time.
The next day, Jan. 10, the U11 C Heat welcomed the St. Marys Rock C team to Seaforth and the U18 C were in Mitchell to play the Meteors C team, followed by games between the U18 C Heat and the Lucan Irish C team in Blyth and the U13 BB Heat and the Woodstock Wildcats on the road on Jan. 11, but scores for those games were unavailable at press time.
Looking ahead, today (Jan. 12), the U11 HL Heat will head to Wilmot to play in the Kyle Kowalik Memorial Tournament, beginning with a game against the Owen Sound Ice Hawks and then the Waterloo Ravens the next day.
Also on Jan. 12, the U9 B Heat will play the North Middlesex Junior Stars in Clinton and the Senior team will head to Howick to play the Upper Maitland Mustangs.
On Jan. 13, the U13 C Heat will take on the South Huron Sabres C team on the road, the U11 C Heat will welcome the Central Perth Predators C team to Seaforth, the U18 BB Heat will take on the Ice Hawks in Owen Sound, the U13 HL Heat will play the Lambton Attack HL team on the road and the U18 C Heat will host the Tillsonburg Lightning C team in Clinton.
On Jan. 17, the U13 BB Heat will take on the St. Thomas Panthers on the road. Then, on the weekend of Jan. 19-21, the U9 C Heat will head to the Belmont Blazers tournament, first playing the Ilderton Jets and Walkerton Capitals on Jan. 19, followed by games with the Lambeth Lancers and Woodstock Wildcats the next day.