Wild ways earn Westlake Dodge Cup Provincial gold

The Dodge Cup is a grind, requiring teamwork and sometimes digging deep to make it to the top.

Lac St. Louis’ Westlake Wild Junior A’s took the Provincial Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Dodge Cup, which was hosted by Hockey Laval and Hockey Montreal. The Westlake Wings earned silver medals in the Midget A category while the pee-wee AA and Junior B Wild squads bowed in the Sunday morning semi-finals. The Dodge Cup is a grind, requiring teamwork and sometimes digging deep to make it to the top. In the Junior A semi-final, Westlake dropped Promutuel Val St. Francois 3-1. In that game Tandia Huxham paved the way to the victory with a natural hat trick, including two goals in a 52 second span to secure the hat trick and a berth in the gold game. In the title tilt, Westlake earned another 3-1 win, as the Wild stormed the Quebec Citadelles to bring home the gold. Huxham got Westlake on the scoreboard with a first period marker, Bianca Ianovale’s second period goal stood as the game-winner while Kate Ward hit for an insurance marker in the third. Wild goalie Elise Lacoste was only beat the one time as she frustrated the Quebec shooters. In Midget A play, the Westlake Wings rode out a 1-0 victory over the Quebec Citadelles on Madison Pirhoda’s goal 4:12 into play. Wing net minder Lauren Gale turned away all Quebec advances to record the clean sheet and punch Westlake’s ticket to the finals. In the championship contest, The Wings were clipped 3-0 by the Bas St. Laurent Cyclones, giving the team their silver medal status. The pee-wee AA semi-final was a duel between goalies as the match between Westake Wild and the Dynamites Vallée Gatineau remained scoreless well into the third. Les Dynamites exploded for two goals in the closing minutes of play to move on. The Junior B Wild dropped a 7-0 decision to the Nord Cotieres, who went on to take the championship 3-0 over Champlain.

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