Lady Wesmen down the Queens

Two exhibition women’s hockey games took place over the weekend at the Ice for Kids Arena here.
First, the Thunder Bay Queens, a rep team out of Thunder Bay which plays mostly tournaments, played a team compiled from all the local girls’ teams on Saturday night.
The Northwest Stars, as they were dubbed, couldn’t handle the team that plays and practices together all season, falling 11-0.
“They’re a good team,” Stars coach Dennis Calder said.
Then in the showcase game Sunday afternoon, the Queens lost to the older University of Winnipeg Wesmen 6-1.
“We got outhustled in the first period,” said Queens head coach Bob Baird. “The [Wesmen] played really well.”^Baird noted the Queens are made up mostly of 15- and 16- year-olds while the Wesmen are 18 and older, so he was very pleased with the way his team played.
The weekend was organized by local OPP officer Clint Barton, whose daughter, Sarah, plays for the Queens.
The star of the weekend was Wesmen Chantal Larocque of St.
Anne, Man., who scored one goal and added five assists in yesterday’s game.
The Queens will be representing Northwestern Ontario at the Ontario Winter Games starting March 4 in London.
The Wesmen will be Manitoba’s rep at the national women’s hockey championship March 10-14 in Sherwood Park, Alta.