A new year led to a better result for the Fort Frances Chiefs at their annual home tournament over the weekend.
Hanna Ledrew scored the winner with 6:14 to in the third period to lift the Chiefs to a 3-2 win over the Dryden 3rd Liners in the exciting championship game on Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” Arena in Couchiching.
After Dryden opened the scoring 2:30 into the first period, Chantal Jodoin drew the hosts level with 37 seconds to go in the frame as she tipped Krane Fraser’s shot from the sideboards in past 3rd Liners’ goalie Katie Hay.
Emilie Viel restored the Dryden lead with just under six-and-a-half minutes left in the middle stanza as she wired a low shot past the pad of Chiefs’ goalie Dana Cridland to make it 2-1.
But not to be outdone, Jenna Clendenning evened it up once again with 3:36 to go as she buried a loose puck in a goalmouth scramble past Hay to knot it at 2-2 heading into the third period.
Then in the third, Ledrew potted the eventual winner 6:14 to go as she buried a pass at the left of the crease from linemate Shilo Beck.
Fort Frances opened the tourney on Friday evening with a 4-0 shutout of those same 3rd Liners.
Shelby Tymkin, Danielle O’Sullivan, Sophie Vallaincourt and Janelle Kaemingh all lit the lamp to pace the offence.
The squad followed that up with a 2-0 loss to the Emo Misfits on Saturday morning.
Erica Anderson and Chelsea Walske provided the goals for Emo.
But the Chiefs rebounded from that setback in a big way with a 6-0 romp over the Sioux Lookout Snipers later that afternoon.
Kaemingh, Taylor Dixon, Nina Strachan, Vaillancourt, Shae Smith and Beck all bulged the twine in that one.
That put the Chiefs into Sunday morning’s semifinals with a 2-1 record, where they then dispatched the Kenora Blades 6-3 on the strength of a two-goal performance by Vaillancourt.
Smith, Tymkin, Jerrica Forsyth and Strachan provided the goals to help the Chiefs advance to final against Dryden.