Huron Heat teams ready for OWHA Tournaments next weekend
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
A bit of play has continued for several Huron Heat teams in recent days as they work towards the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) Championships in the Toronto area next weekend.
On the weekend of April 14-16, the U11 B, U11 C, U13 C, U18 BB and U9 B Huron Heat teams will be heading to provincial tournaments and some of the schedules are already set.
On April 14, the U11 C Heat team will open its tournament with a game against the Woodstock Wildcats, followed by another later that day against the Cold Creek Comets.
The U13 C Heat will first play the Kanata Rangers and then the Chatham Outlaws, while the U18 BB Heat will play the Orangeville Tigers and then the Norfolk Hericanes.
The next day, April 15, the U11 C Heat will play the Kemptville Storm, while the U13 C Heat will play the Woodstock Wildcats and the U18 BB Heat will play the Napanee Crunch. If they’re successful, play will continue into Sunday as teams from all over Ontario vie to be the last team standing.
On April 6, the U13 C Heat will play the Upper Maitland Mustangs on the road in an exhibition game, while the U18 BB Heat will also play an exhibition game on the road, against the South Huron Sabres.
This weekend, the U13 B Heat will head to Brampton for the Canadettes’ annual Easter Tournament. They’ll open with games against the Lucan Irish and the Mississauga Hurricanes on April 7 and then play the Georgina Golden Hawks on April 8.
On April 2, the U11 C Heat played the Lambeth Lancers on the road, but a score was unavailable for that game, while the U11 B Heat played to a scoreless tie in an exhibition game in London against the Devilettes.
On April 1, the U9 HL Black Heat lost their Western Ontario Girls’ Hockey League (WOGHL) Championship tournament game against the St. Thomas Panthers by a score of 5-2, followed by another tournament loss to the South Huron Sabres by a score of 1-0, while the U9 HL White team lost to the North Middlesex Junior Stars in their WOGHL Championship tournament game by a score of 3-1.
Also that day, the U13 C Heat lost their road playoff game against the North Middlesex Junior Stars by a score of 5-3. The U15 C Heat lost their playoff game with the Woodstock Wildcats in Komoka by a score of 3-0, while the U11 B team beat the London Devilettes in Hensall by a score of 1-0.
The previous day, March 31, the U9 HL White team won its first two tournament games, beating the St. Marys Rock by a score of 2-1 and the Bluewater Hawks by a score of 2-0, while the U9 HL Black team opened its tournament with a 5-1 win over the Lucan Irish.
On March 30, the U13 B Heat won its exhibition game in Ripley with the Lucknow/Wingham 86ers by a score of 3-1.
On April 4, the U9 B and U18 BB Heat teams played exhibition games with the North Middlesex Junior Stars and the South Huron Sabres, respectively, in Seaforth, but scores were unavailable at press time.
After the OWHA Provincial Championships, try-outs begin for a number of Heat teams in Goderich to be held throughout the rest of the month.