Chesterville Women’s Ball Hockey A Champions
Blue welcomed Red in the first game of the night for the Chesterville Women’s Ball Hockey League on Thurs., Aug. 17, at the Chesterville Arena. Blue finished the round-robin playoff in first place with three wins and took on a very tough Red squad who finished second with two wins. Although a hotly contested game, Blue came out with a 3-2 win taking the A championship. The team members are: Roxanne Crump (front); middle row from left: Sam Benoit, Carly Crump, Becca Alves, Kelly Francis and Jaclyn Crump; back from left: Lindsay Cummins, Leigh Ann Dearing, Cinnamon Boulanger, Rebecca Kennedy and Rhonda Boulanger. Courtesy Van Bridger photo
CHESTERVILLE — It was championship night in the Chesterville Women’s Ball Hockey League on Thursday night as Blue welcomed Red for the A championship and Yellow hosted Black in the B final.
Blue 3 Red 2
In the first game of the evening, Blue welcomed Red for the CWBHL’s A final on Thurs., Aug. 17, at the Chesterville Arena. It was only fitting that the two top teams in the regular season pair up for the A championship. Blue finished first with 20 points while Red finished the regular season in second with 15 points.
Blue went undefeated in the round-robin portion of the playoffs and Red won two out of three with their only loss against Blue. Blue opened the scoring when Carly Crump slapped one home from Jaclyn Crump at 12:16 of the first period taking a 1-0 lead.
With time winding down in the opening frame, Red knotted the affair at one as Geena Rose scored an unassisted goal with just 1:42 remaining. The teams took the one-all draw into the second period.
The action went back and forth but with 2:36 remaining in the second period Red took their first lead of the game as the league’s leading scorer, Lesley Ann Tupper, blasted one home from Hailey Imrie. Red took a 2-1 lead into the final frame of the A championship with a chance of knocking off the league’s top team.
Red let their lead slip away when Carly Crump scored her second of the game from Sam Benoit and Kelly Francis at 6:19 of the third period tying the game at two. Blue retook the lead when Rebecca Kennedy sniped one home from Cinnamon Boulanger and Lindsay Cummins in the dying minutes.
Blue faced adversity for the first time in the playoffs and overcame it to become the 2017 Women’s Ball Hockey League A Champions. Picking up the win in Blue’s goal was Roxanne Crump.
Black 3 Yellow 0
In the second game of the night, third-place Yellow hosted the fourth-seeded Black squad. Yellow finished the regular season in third place with 11 points, just two points behind Red but Black struggled all season long with only a win and two ties for four points.
However, Black’s only win ironically was against first-place Blue and they were never really out of any game. Black opened the scoring when Kaila Beckstead rifled one to the back of the net from Paulette Levesque and Jessica Winters just 3:20 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
Neither team could score as the clock wound down to close out the period. Black took the 1-0 lead into the second period. Black made it 2-0 when Amy Bekkers powered one home from Sam Naish and Dayna Bekkers at 16:03 of the second period. Black held on to the 2-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Black increased their lead to 3-0 when Beckstead scored her second of the game from Winters at 8:05 putting the final dagger into Yellow’s heart. Black held on for the 3-0 victory taking the 2017 Women’s Ball Hockey League’s B Championship. Picking up the shutout in Black’s goal was Patti Mitton.