When March comes around you don't typically start your hockey season, but this year the U12 Lady Eagle tournament team started soaring the first weekend in March and just finished up a couple weeks ago. This was not a full time team but a group of talented young ladies that when the opportunity and schedule matched up met in Raleigh, Tampa, Maryland and Boston to grab 2 1st's and 2 3rd's on a 17 game season. There were goals scored, assists made, shots saved and many defensive plays that don't go on the score sheet. Every player contributed, grew and helped the "Ladies in Camo" show their quality everywhere they went.
The team manager said it best last week in a quick Facebook post.
2018 Beantown Classic
The Final event of the season was the well know Beantown Classic. Most of the time we go to tournaments that push hard just to get 4 teams in a division. In Boston there were 21 2005 teams on the ice. The Ladies were in the AA pool which had 7 teams in it. The format was a 4 game round robin and the top four teams move on to the playoffs.
Game 1 vs The Hockey Training Institute of Ontario
The ladies had some productive practices the day before, but you could tell they were a bit nervous that the first team of the round robin was a Canadian team that had been at camp all summer and this was the final event. The next surprise was that the games were 2 23 minute halves and not 3 15's like they were used to. The game started with lots of back and forth but a new comer this year Rae scores her first goal as an Eagle at 11:22 in the first with a sweet top shelf from the circle. The "05's" stayed disciplined and the goalie Astrid played like a Jedi Knight to keep the game scoreless. Taylor gave some cushion with 4:29 left in the game putting the team up 2-0. HTI seemed to kick it into high gear and finally took away the shutout with 1 minute left in the game. This was a great win for the ladies to start the tournament. All wins are good but the first game of any tournament is always a welcome one.
Game 2 vs the Shoreline Sharks
Game 2 came a few hours later and started off with pucks and players trying to get near the nets, but good defense by both teams allowed very few shots until the sharks got one in off a faceoff to make it 1 to 0 sharks 8 minutes into the game. The game again settled into defensive action till the end of the 1st. The second period the ladies pressed with their offense with a goal by Hannah 1:33 into the period and she followed that up with a 2nd goal 3 minutes later that just crossed the line before the goalie could cover it. The Eagles kept pressing and the "Howitzers" on D #72 and #74 started taking turns launching at the net. With 12 minutes left in the game the team takes a 2 goal lead for the final score being 3-1. Looking at the game sheet the ladies took 3 penalties in the game. They were a hook, interference and it actually says "too many women" The "women" head into day 2 with 2 wins looking for #3.
Game 3 vs The Springfield Falcons
Saturday started off with a game verse a local Springfield team at a new rink the Navin arena. The team had decided the night before that Gabby our second and much younger(2007) goalie was going to get the nod. She had just attended the Korn Camp in Niagra for the week and was looking to put those skills to use on the ice. You could tell with the start the team wanted the 3rd win, not only for Gabby but for themselves. The first goal of the game came from Springfield and then it was nothing but #LadyEagleSoars from then on. The tie goal came from Leah and the Cera followed 30 seconds later with a penalty shot when the puck got covered in the crease. Tara and Hannah put two more in to keep the team undefeated.
Game 4 vs The CT. Northern Lights
Going into game 4 there were 3 undefeated teams in the pool, two of them were meeting on the ice. and neither of them wanted a loss. Based on the standings at the time a 3-1 team could be sitting out of the playoffs. This game was a tough as it gets, The ladies kept shooting and shooting but nothing was going in. The lights lit the lamp first and the ladies had to tie it up. Leah takes a great feed from Cera and bangs it in the net. The teams continue to go back and forth even tossing some opponents sticks in the air, but the Lights take the lead again late into the 2nd period. #74 Laura shoots from the circle and again the ladies tie it up. The game end in a 2-2 tie but both teams pushed to the end. The tie meant both the Northern Lights and the Lady Eagles make the playoffs.
Game 5 vs Hockey Training Institute of Ontario (Rematch)
Getting to play on Sunday in large tournaments is always a treat. There are no consolation games at Beantown. This game was a rematch of game 1 and you could tell HTI did not want to go home yet, but guess what neither did the Eagles. Both teams knew the next game would be against the undefeated Copper City team that had not even let a team score on them yet in two days. One new twist was the games on Sunday were 2 15's instead of 23 minute periods. The game was quite even, but very physical our ladies fought in every corner, circle crease and line on the ice. The first period went and most of the second before HTI converted on a power play to take the lead. With 2:53 left in the game Erin ties it up with some hard work through the middle of the ice. HTI fires back 30 seconds later to take the lead. The goalie gets pulled and the ladies pepper the HTI goalie but nothing goes in. The game and tournament ends for the team taking 3rd overall with a record of 3-1-1.
We want to personally thank all of the players, parents and staff that made this team possible. We wish everyone the best of luck with the new season and their new teams. We are looking forward to another magical spring/summer season in 2019.
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