Kitowski Trucking wins tourney

It was an all-Fort Frances final in the girls’ A-2 Bantam division of the Stars Cup tournament in Winnipeg over the weekend, with Kitowski Trucking prevailing 4-1 over the Pinewood Blades.
Kitowski Trucking jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on goals by Carly Bosma (two) and linemate Jessica Rea.
Pinewood Blades got on the scoreboard in the middle of the second period on a goal by Lacey Durbin, assisted by Nicole Beadle and Sam Bell.
Kitowski Trucking goalie Mackenzie Paxson then staved off a fierce barrage of scoring opportunities for Pinewood late in the second and early in the third.
Not to be overshadowned was Blades’ goalie Melissa Payne, who rebounded from the earlier goals and held her own on key scoring chances by Kitowski Trucking.
But late in the third while on the power play, Kitowski’s line of Bosma, Rea and Danielle Field struck again on a pretty passing play to cap the 4-1 victory.
The Blades played valiantly against Kitowski Trucking in the ‘A’ final despite having just nine skaters after a knee injury to star rookie defenceman Melanie Scott in their third round-robin game.
Kitowski Trucking’s road to gold included victories over Kenora White (5-2), the Kenora Predators (3-1), and the Kenora Flames (6-0).
The Pinewood Blades, meanwhile, opened action Friday afternoon with an exciting 3-1 win over the Kenora Predators thanks to three unanswered goals in the first period.
Katrina Wreggitt opened the scoring at 10:43, assisted by Beadle, then Sam Bell made it 2-0 unassisted at 3:19 after an awesome rush.
Then in the reverse of the first scoring play, Beadle tallied at 2:41 assisted by Wreggitt.
Kenora cut the deficit to 3-1 late in the second period, with neither team scoring the rest of the way.
Bell was named the player of the game.
Then on Saturday morning, the Blades rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Kenora Flames 6-3.
After Bell scored unassisted to open the scoring, the Flames stormed back with three quick goals.
But with just 2:30 left in the first, Chelsea Hill batted one home, assisted by Beadle, to make it 3-2.
Then in the second period, Beadle came out flying—scoring two unassisted goals to put the Blades up 4-3.
Shawnee Morrisseau netted her first of the tournament, assisted by Bell, later in the period to make it 5-3 before Beadle got her hat trick with just 45 seconds left in the game, also assisted by Bell, to round out the scoring.
Jaycee Ewald, filling in for the team’s regular over-age goalie who was ineligible to play in this tournament, had an excellent game in goal to be named player of the game.
The Pinewood Blades then advanced to the ‘A’ final with a 7-5 win over Kenora White.
In a wild first period that saw nine goals scored in all, Beadle opened the scoring, assisted by Melissa Payne, before Durbin made it 2-0 on a feed from Chelsea Hill.
The Blades jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Scott, assisted by Bell, and then Bell assisted by Scott.
After Kenora made it 4-1, the Blades quickly answered with two more goals by Bell and Beadle (both unassisted). Not to be outdone, Kenora stormed back with two quick goals of their own to make it 6-3 after one.
The second period was scoreless, but the Blades suffered a devastating loss when Scott was injured.
Kenora came out hard in the third, scoring their fourth goal, but the Blades held strong and netted an insurance marker with 2:27 to go by Bell (unassisted).
Kenora tried to come back once again—pulling their goalie after the Blades were whistled for a two-minute penalty—but only managed to score one goal with five ticks left on the clock.
Beadle was named player of the game.