It was a great weekend for the Leaside U22 Elite Wildcats for the USA-Canada Cup in Detroit this past weekend where they finished 11th out of 22 teams following some terrific performances against some of the top ranked teams in the U.S. under the watchful eye of the many university scouts in attendance.
It was a great team effort with 11 different players contributing on the scoresheet and the goalies (Sarah Lynn-Gauthier and Sara Da Silva) ringing up a team GAA of 2.00.
The team started with a gritty 2-1 win against Detroit Honeybaked 19U and followed that up a solid 3-0 win versus St. Louis Lady Blues 19U. A back-and-forth game versus Detroit Belle Tire 19U ended in a 1-1 tie after a highlight reel goal in the third period by Leaside’s Siena Harris.
The team’s final two games were against two top-10 U.S. ranked teams - #3 Chicago Mission 19U and #7 Detroit Little Caesars 19U. The team battled hard and played well against Chicago Mission in a 4-0 loss, holding them scoreless in a hard-fought 3rd period. Against Detroit Little Caesars the team showed no quit in a 4-2 loss.
The team gets back to regular season play this coming weekend, hosting the Southwest Wildcats U22AA in its “Pink The Rink” game in support of cancer research at the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens on October 21st at 7:30 p.m. and visiting the Brampton Canadettes U22AA on October 22nd at Century Gardens.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA), one of the largest female hockey associations in the world, has a long history of making the great game of hockey available to young female athletes. Its U22 Elite program represents its pinnacle and since its inaugural season in 2013/14 has supported hundreds of elite athletes in realizing their potential, on and off the ice. The program boasts a roster of 70+ players who have gone on to compete for championships at the USport and NCAA level and professionally, as well as several high finishes in league play in the very competitive OWHA U22 Elite league. The 2023/24 season represents the TLGHA’s 50th anniversary and a renewed focus on restoring the program to its place at the top of elite female junior hockey. For more information about the program please reach out to us at LeasideU22Elite@gmail.com or through our website at www.LeasideU22Elite.ca.