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Midget AA Lightning Champs at Mississauga Christmas Classic
Submitted By Rob Duncan on Monday, December 29, 2014
The Saugeen Maitland Midget AA Lightning cut their Christmas holidays short to participate in the Mississauga Christmas Classic tournament and came home as tournament champions.  The Lightning opened the tournament with a convincing 4-1 win over the North York Storm.  Taylor MacDonald opened the scoring early with assists going to Madison Davey and Avery Reeves.  Neve VanPelt followed up with one of her own on a tip off a Brooke Schroeder point shot.  Cassidy Mason scored her first of the tournament with helpers from Lexi Smith and Jocelyn Ballantyne.  Ballantyne closed out the scoring with an assist awarded to Smith.  Cassidy Mason was named player of the game.

In their second game the Bolts faced the Mississauga Chiefs.  The Lightning were not kind to the host team, downing them 4-1.  Cassidy Mason scored first with assists going to Maddie Duncan and Hannah Herman.  Mel Nolan followed up soon after, burying one off a rebound from a Ballantyne shot.  Erin Near also earned an assist.  The Bolts didn’t let up in the second period with Kelsey Dixon potting one from Reeves and MacDonald.  Katie Heath closed out the scoring for the Lightning, showing some nice hands following a breakaway pass from Schroeder and Natalie Nixon.  Maddie Duncan was awarded the Kewl hat for player of the game. 

A win in their third game over Brampton would guarantee the Bolts a spot in the gold medal game on Monday and the girls did not disappoint.  Despite going down a goal early, the Lightning stormed back with Erin Near scoring on a point shot that ricocheted off a Brampton Canadette defender.  Smith scored the game winner with assists going to Davey and Duncan.  Kaitlyn Chagnon was solid in net and was named player of the game. 

The Lightning must have gotten a good night’s sleep on Sunday as they certainly came ready to play for the gold medal on Monday against the Burlington Barracudas.  Smith opened the scoring two minutes into the game with a tip off a MacDonald point shot.  Ballantyne also earned an assist.  Reeves then scored with assists from Herman and VanPelt.  Mason and Smith each scored to make it 4-0 before the end of the 1st period.  Assists were granted to Ballantyne, Duncan and Smith.   Smith scored her third in the second period for the hat trick with helpers from Near and Ballantyne.  Nolan finished off the scoring with assists to Dixon and Ballantyne.  Final score 6-0.  Rebecca Ropp stopped all Barracuda attempts to earn the shut-out.  Lexi Smith earned player of the game honours.  Check out Saugeen Maitland results at www.saugeenmaitlandlightning.com.

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