Lady Huskies unable to win SOWHL championship

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The Durham Senior B Lady Huskies only needed a tie or win to claim the Southwestern Ontario Women’s Hockey League (SOWHL) championship at the Dog Pound on Sunday afternoon. It was looking like that would happen as Durham dominated the majority of the game, but lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to the Twin Centre Hericanes.
The Lady Huskies came at the Hericanes in the first period and spent most of the opening frame in their end, but couldn’t bury some glorious scoring chances.
Durham jumped on Twin Centre like a dog on a bone eight seconds into the second period when Sara Lynch buried one in tight from Brooklyn Irwin to put the Lady Huskies up 1-0.
Twin Centre evened the game midway through the second period when they managed to jam one in on a broken play. The Lady Huskies came up empty on three power plays in the second period and the teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third.
Twin Centre jumped on a loose puck at the 9:36 mark of the third period in the Lady Huskies zone and scored to go up 2-1.
Durham had plenty of time to get the equalizer and went to the power play with 4:03 left in the period. The girls threw everything at the Twin Centre “rental” goalie but the kitchen sink, and were unable to get the tying goal.
The Lady Huskies finished the game zero for five on the power play and outshot Twin Centre 27-16.
The series was decided in three games with the teams scoring six goals apiece. Durham controlled the majority of play in each game, but couldn’t find their scoring touch in the series.
Goaltending was solid throughout the series with the Lady Huskies remaining with their own goalie and Twin Centre utilizing four goalies in the series due to injuries and work commitments.
The goalie that played for Twin Centre on Sunday actually played for the Stratford Aces in game three of the Lady Huskies previous playoff series, and she plays in the same league for the Lucknow Legends – very questionable rules permitted in women’s hockey, especially for a championship series.
The Lady Huskies are one of 16 teams competing in the Senior B provincials this weekend in Mississauga, and are one of the favoured teams to win it all.