Tyke Hockey Returns ...

Tyke House league is back in action after a long Christmas break.

January 22nd had the undefeated Leafs against the up-and-coming Ducks. It was a nail biter all the way finishing in a 1-1 draw.

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Scoring for the Ducks was Daniel Filce assisted by John Ryan Moffatt and Keegan Ferguson. Brandon Landry found twine for the Leafs with help from Jordan Edwards and Jordy Harvey. Excellent goaltending by Dawnson Murphy of the Leafs and Jake London of the Ducks made for an exciting game.

Game 2 of the day found the Sharks against the Senators. Again, supreme goaltending made for an enjoyable game with the Senators coming out on top.

Scoring for the Sens were Beckett O'Neill, Willie LePage, Dylan Stadke and Christopher Nikolaou with Sarah Fenton, Matthew Smith and LePage picking up assists.

Hunter Weatherby scored for the Sharks assisted by Megan Visser and Corey Saman. (story submitted by Erin Sheppard)

Atom B Girls Enjoy Successful Weekend ...

It was a very busy weekend for the Cobourg Lorenz and Son Atom B Girls Hockey team with three league games on tap. First stop was in Lindsay on Saturday when the girls battled the stormy weather for the journey there and then battled it out on the ice where they skated to a four all tie with the Lindsay squad. The game was a well-matched affair with great back and forth action between the two rivals. By the end of the first period the teams were tied at two apiece. Cobourg's first period goals were scored by Shawna Cawker (unassisted) and Mallory Wiggans on a nice set up from Brandi Buchanan. Lindsay scored early in the second but Cobourg quickly added two more with goals by Jessica Proskos and Erin Ashley. Proskos and Wiggans each earned an assist on Ashley's goal. Late into the third period, it looked like Cobourg had another win for the record books, when, with only a minute and a half remaining, Lindsay popped in the tying goal. Their goal was immediately followed by the curfew buzzer leaving Cobourg players and fans disappointed that they couldn't play it out.

On Sunday, Cobourg played host to the Belleville Atom Girls at the Cobourg Memorial Arena. Cobourg was able to win this one in a tight defensive game where Cobourg scored only one. Mallory Wiggans was Cobourg's lone sniper of the game scoring early in the first period on a feed from Brandi Buchanan and Erin Ashley. Bragging rights for Cobourg's shutout went to goaltenders, Kaitlyn Huffman and Hilary Sharpe. Coach Jen Ashley pointed out that the girls are playing very well defensively. Guarding the blueline during the game for Cobourg were Caraline McKirdy, Catherine Lafontaine, Elicia Morgana and Robyn Williams.

Late Sunday afternoon the Atom Girls took to the highway once again for a 6 pm match-up with Peterborough at the Northcrest Arena. Concerned with the low-scoring nature of their earlier game, Coach Ashley decided to juggle the lines a bit. This move paid off big time for the team as the new alignments generated four goals for the Cobourg girls and they came away winners with a 4 to 2 result over Peterborough. Cobourg's charismatic Carly Cunningham notched two goals, while Robyn Williams and Erin Ashley each netted a single. Earning assists in the game were Wiggans, Ashley, Williams, Buchanan and Kayla Mullin.

The girls will be back in action this coming weekend for Cobourg's First Annual Winter Classic Girl's Hockey Tournament. (story and photo submitted by Anne Lafontaine)

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You Don't Want to Miss this Tournament ...

No football this weekend ... No problem. Cobourg Girls Hockey is staging their first annual Winter Classic which is set to be a beauty. 450 players on 30 teams from everywhere and anywhere will be coming to Cobourg to compete. There will be seven Cobourg teams competing at different levels that could use your support. The event will be in both the Cobourg Memorial Arena and Jack Heenan Arena starting on Friday January 28th.

The best part of the whole deal is ... it's Free Admission for the tournament. What else can you ask for? Come out and support our future Olympians.

Johnny O's Road Show Comes to Cobourg Arena During Winter Classic Weekend ...

This upcoming weekend (January 28-30) marks Cobourg's 1st annual Winter Classic OWHA hockey tournament. No football this weekend ... no problem... Enjoy some good old fashion hockey at both Cobourg arenas. Check out the tournament page for the schedule and come out and cheer on all of the local teams.

Upstairs in the Cobourg Memorial Arena you will find Johnny O's Road show set up for your shopping pleasure. John Ovens from Johnny O's mentioned that he will have many authentic sweaters and photos of all your favourite NHL stars. Do you feel lucky? John has also donated a signed framed piece of the Jana Hefford game winning goal. The print will be raffled off and tickets will be sold throughout the weekend.

Cobourg Cougars thrill Cobourg Minor Atom Rep Team!

Eleven of the Jr. A Cobourg Cougars stepped onto the ice Tuesday night during what was the Cobourg Burnett Minor Atom Rep teams regular weekly practise. After completing a standard drill, the nine year olds were stunned to see their idols step onto the ice. The Cougars, including Mark Cranley, Nik Temple, and hot hand goaltender Brian Stewart, aided in putting the kids through the paces in a vigurous yet extremely fun practise! To top off the night, the Cougars armed with ministicks and markers invited the young players into the dressing room for a meet and greet autograph session.

A huge thanks goes out to the Cobourg Cougars organization and the players who took part in putting some massive smiles on their younger counterparts! (story submitted by Shelly Smith)

Peewee BB Girls Have a Very Very Very Busy Weekend ...

The Cobourg Dynamic Wireless Peewee BB Girls looked very strong this past weekend. Even though they only picked up 2 of a possible 6 points, they fared very well against 2 teams that no one expected them to beat. Coach Mike Visser was very pleased with his team's effort, especially against Kingston. The Kingston Ice Wolves are an "A" team playing in a BB circuit and are, not surprisingly, 15 points ahead of second place Peterborough. Napanee is another strong team. They were moved from Tier 3 all the way up to Tier 1 over the Christmas break. Napanee had not only gone undefeated in the first half of the season, but outscored their Tier 3 opponents 118-0 in 11 games.

The weekend started on the road in Madoc. The Cobourg defense was air-tight in this match, allowing only 7 shots on goal during the game. The defense also provided some offense as Kaitlyn Colbran notched her first goal of the season at 8:25 of the first period. Emily Sine, taking the draw in Madoc's end, drew the puck back to Colbran at the point. Colbran quickly fired a wrist shot that caught the inside of the far goal post, beating Madoc's Arenda Brown. Samantha Clarey stuffed in Cobourg's second goal in the second period following a goal-mouth scramble. Linemates Emily Chapple and Brooke Murphy collected the assists on the play. Cobourg smothered Madoc for the remainder of the game and collected a well deserved 2-0 win. The final shots on goal were 22-7 in favour of Cobourg.

On Sunday morning, Cobourg traveled to Kingston to play the first place Ice Wolves. The Cobourg girls have been looking a bit stronger every time they play this team, but Sunday was clearly their best effort to date. Cobourg had Kingston on the ropes for over half the game. Every time a Kingston player touched the puck, a Cobourg player was immediately knocking them off of it. Taylor (Hacksaw) Cunningham was at her feisty best in this match, frustrating the be-jeepers out of the Kingston squad and forcing several turnovers in the Kingston end. Emily Chapple also made her presence felt with some strong forechecking. Kingston's Jessa McAuliffe, tired of Chapple's relentless pestering, knocked her to the ice and then lifted her feet out from under her as she tried to stand up. Referee Jim Neeson was watching the whole incident and gave McAuliffe the gate for tripping. Unfortunately, while having several quality scoring chances on the powerplay, Cobourg could not beat goaltender Kate Milligan. In fact, there wasn't a goal scored by either team until the 4:44 mark of the second period when Eliza Earle got the Ice Wolves on the board. Mellisa Ley made in 2-0 less than a minute later. In the third period, Jocelyn Sutton made it 3-0 before Jordan Miezlaiskis got Cobourg back into the game with a tally. The Miezlaiskis goal was assisted by Emily Sine and McKenna Ainsworth. In spite of the 3-1 loss, Head Coach Mike Visser had nothing but praise for his squad. This was a team no one in the league can beat but the Cobourg girls almost did it today. A couple of favourable bounces and this game could have easily belonged to Cobourg.

Immediately following the Kingston game, the girls had to drive back to Cobourg to take on Napanee at the Cobourg Memorial Arena. In the early going, Cobourg controlled the play but Napanee drew first blood when Emma Whalen scored at 7:13. Cobourg drew even at 2:32 when Emily Chapple took a breakaway pass from Samantha Clarey. Chapple made a nifty move on Napanee goalie Jenny O'Neill and stuffed it through the five-hole. In the second period Jordan Miezlaiskis potted two more for the home squad to make it 3-1. The first goal was unassisted, while Brooke Murphy set up the second. Unfortunately, this is where the back-to-back games took their toll. The Cobourg girls simply ran out of gas and Napanee came back with 3 unanswered goals to snatch a 4-3 victory. In spite of the two losses on Sunday, the Dynamic Wireless Peewee Girls performed superbly. (Story submitted by Bill Peeples)

Lorenz and Son Atom B's Maintain Supremecy ...

The Cobourg Lorenz and Son Atom B Girls Hockey team maintained their spot at the top of the Central East Girls Hockey League by skating to a 1 - 1 tie against Lindsay at the Jack Heenan Arena this past Sunday afternoon. After a two week break over Christmas, the girls returned in fine style to continue their undefeated streak this season.

Shawna Cawker scored Cobourg's goal half way through the first period on a pass from Katie McAllister and Taylor Sokay. The girls worked hard to hold onto their lead and held their opponents at bay until the third period when Lindsay notched the tying goal.

Hard work, a great team spirit and lots of dedication by all the girls is really paying off for this young team. They girls will play host to Port Hope this coming Sunday at 12:30 at the Cobourg Memorial Arena. (story submitted by Anne Lafontaine)

Bantam A Girls Remain Undefeated ...

The Bantam A girls start the new year out the same way they ended 2004. They continued their undefeated season recently by posting a tie against Whitby and a dominating victory against Vaughn.

Cobourg tied Whitby 2-2 with goals coming from Kelsey Fobert and Jaclyn Gibson. Assisting on the goals were Keely Lowry and Erin Dingwall respectively.

Cobourg's latest triumph came with a dominating 4-0 victory against Vaughn. Scoring Cobourg's first goal was Taylor Bell with assists going to Jaclyn Gibson and Kaitlyn Severin. Cobourg took a 2-0 lead when Kelsey Fobert found pay dirt with help from Kelly Wilson. Kelly Wilson then took the initiative with her own goal when she took a feed from Keely Lowry and Kelsey Fobert to give Cobourg a 3-0 lead. Kaitlyn Severin put the finishing touch on the victory with an unassisted goal to give Cobourg the victory.

Sommerville Novices Split Busy Weekend On The Road ...

The Sommerville Novice Cougars were busy this weekend playing games on both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend would see them travel East to battle their arch rivals in Trenton on Saturday and then west to face the Port Perry Predators.

The Cougars had played the Trenton Golden Hawks tough all year only to lose each game in the last minute. Nemesis has certainly been the buzz word when ever the topic of Trenton came up in conversation.

Saturday's game started out slow with both teams feeling each other out. No penalties were handed out early however some aggressive play was brewing. Conor Lowry started the Cougars scoring with a hard fought goal. Lowry who has become the team's "grinder" took a Harrison Cooper pass into the offensive zone where he poked in his own rebound to give Cobourg the early lead. After the Trenton goalie had saved Lowry's first attempt, his never give up style of play paid off as he banged in his own rebound. The first period ended with the Jr. Cougars holding onto a slim 1-0 lead.

The Cougars took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Jack DiMarco scored an unassisted power play goal. DiMarco started in his own end and finished the play with a wrist shot in the top corner of the Trenton goal to give Cobourg fans hope for an upset.

Trenton never gave up and began to fire back with heavy offensive pressure. Just one minute after DiMarco gave Cobourg a commanding 2-0 lead, Chris MacDonald scored Trenton's first goal to break Branson Schell's shut out. The second period ended with Cobourg hanging on to a 2-1 lead.

The third period started out with Cobourg on the offensive. Jack DiMarco scored his second goal of the game with help from Riley Turland and Carter Stevenson. Stevenson quickly intercepted a Trenton pass and relayed it up to Turland who was on the move. Turland was greeted with some heavy pressure in the Trenton zone when DiMarco picked up the loose puck. DiMarco pulled the Trenton goalie to the short side and then delivered a wrist shot to his far side to give Cobourg a 3-1 lead.

Cobourg continued to play well and was poised to deliver the death blow on many occasions. Cameron Murphy hit the goal post early in the third period which would have sunk any attempts for Trenton to pull this game out of the fire. Trenton continued to dodge bullets and stayed within striking distance with good defensive plays. Deja Vu for the Cougars began mid way through the third period when Trenton scored two goals 50 seconds apart to eliminate the 2 goal deficit and tie the game with just over 5 minutes remaining.

With just 33 seconds remaining in the game, Trenton completed their come back for victory. After a flurry of activity in the Cobourg zone, Trenton's Ben Fellows roofed a loose puck over Schell to give Trenton a 4-3 victory.

Sunday was a new day and a new game and Cobourg was pumped to take on the last place Port Perry Predators. Cobourg braved the cold weather and ventured up into the land of ice and snow and cold weather. Ben Sokay gave Cobourg an early lead when he banged in his own rebound. Cameron Murphy and Summer Fardella started out the play for Sokay with great stick work in the offensive zone. Murphy attempted to beat the Predator goalie but was denied by a great pad save. Sokay's first attempt was also stopped but he continued to poke at the puck and it finally crossed the goal line for the early lead.

Cobourg's lead didn't last long as Port Perry tied the game in the first period on a power play goal. Cobourg's attempts to ice the puck during the power play were being intercepted by the circling Predator offensive. Port Perry's Jeff St. Pierre intercepted a Cobourg pass and turned it into a break away goal notching the game at 1-1.

Cobourg continued to pressure Port Perry as they were determined to go into the Christmas break with a victory. Conor Lowry scored his second goal in two games with help from line mate Jack DiMarco. DiMarco pressed the Port Perry defense with his speed and made his way to the Port Perry goal. DiMarco's wrist shot was stopped but Lowry wasted no time in cashing in the rebound to give Cobourg a 2-1 lead. Cobourg never looked back as they scored two more goals to go up 4-1. Cameron Murphy fired in a loose puck courtesy of Ben Sokay. Sokay who played a stellar game moving in and around the Port Perry defense all day. Sokay's first shot was stopped but Murphy was ready at the side of the goal crease where he tucked in Cobourg's third goal.

Sokay wasn't done yet as he was determined to get his second goal of the night. Cameron Murphy and Summer Fardella set up Sokay in front of the net and Sokay hit pay dirt for Cobourg's 4-1 lead. With 1 minute remaining Cobourg looked good to go for their second victory of the year. However Port Perry scored late to cut the Cobourg lead to 4-2. Time ran out on Port Perry and Cobourg delivered a Christmas victory for their much appreciative fans.

Dynamics Wireless Peewee BB Girls are Turning Things Around ...

Things are starting to look up for the Dynamic Wireless Girls BB Hockey Team. After a horrid scoring drought in November, Head Coach Mike Visser modified his team's game style. His defensemen are now jumping into plays more frequently and pressing opposing wingers along the boards as they attempt to break out of their own zone. Taking advantage of his speedy defensive corp has proven to be a productive move for the team. Cobourg's defensemen have been challenging opposing wingers along the boards as they attempt to break out of their own end. Panicked passes by the opposing wingers has resulted in some key turnovers that Cobourg has translated into goals. This past weekend was no exception.

On Sunday, the Cobourg girls had to play their last game of 2004 against the Belleville Bearcats. A team Cobourg has yet to beat this season. They were hoping this final game before the Christmas break might be their lucky one. The game was all Cobourg in the opening period and, for once, they were actually rewarded for their efforts. Samantha Clarey bagged the first goal of the game with help from line mates Rebecca Gray and Candice Visser. Cobourg held onto the one goal lead until Belleville's Stephani Quinn pounced on a rebound to score with only 40 seconds remaining in the second period. Belleville then took the lead for the first time in the game at 5:58 of the third when Quinn was once again there to slap in a rebound that Cobourg goaltender Samantha Green was unable to coral. The Cobourg squad kept coming at the Belleville defense with sustained forechecking that finally resulted in a turnover that Emily Chapple converted to a goal to pull her team into a 2-2 draw. Emily Sine and Alexa Van Laren assisted on the tying goal. Belleville had Cobourg penned in their own zone in the final 30 seconds of the game but struggled to get a shot on goal. Quinn was looking to collect the natural hat trick with about 10 seconds remaining but was steamrolled by Cobourg defender Jennifer Peeples before she could tee it up. The puck fluttered harmlessly into the corner boards where Kaitlyn Colbran and Peeples were content to hold it with their skates to run out the clock and preserve the tie. (story submitted by Bill Peeples)

Dynamic Wireless Peewee Girls Get Monkey Off Their Back...

After scoring up a storm in the early going this season, the Cobourg Dynamic Wireless Peewee BB Girls fell into a horrific scoring drought. They cruised to first place in the Central East Division and trailed only Kingston in the “Goals For” category. Unfortunately, the month of November was not kind to the Cobourg crew. They dropped 4 of 5 games, were outscored 21-4 in the four losses, and fell from first to third in their division. All that changed this past weekend when some Christmas magic seemed to revitalize their sticks and pull them out of their November free-fall. The turnaround came none too soon for Head Coach Mike Visser. Visser, along with defensive Coach Cory Colbran, have been attempting to incorporate their fleet footed defense into their team’s attack in order to rekindle their offense. The more aggressive approach was apparent in both games and completely confounded the opposing wingers who were not accustomed to being challenged along the boards during offensive breakouts. Sara Ashley, Alexa Van Laren, Kaitlyn Colbran and Jennifer Peeples were jumping into rushes, pinching in along the boards and challenging their opponents for possession at every turn. On the few occasions when their pinch attempts failed and were caught up ice, the Cobourg forwards quickly dropped back to cover for their teammates. This proved to be a powerful weapon for Cobourg. It forced several turnovers in the opposition zone and directly led to a couple of goals.

The first game was against second place Peterborough and in the early going, it appeared that the November jinx was going to continue into a fresh month. Cobourg had a goal disallowed and then rang a shot off the goal post. All of this occurred before the 5 minute mark of the opening period. As if this weren’t discouraging enough, Peterborough scored the first goal of the game with 3:39 left in the opening stanza to take a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Cobourg’s Emily Chapple finally got the monkey off her team’s back, scoring on a rebound from a Samantha Clarey shot. Brooke Murphy collected an assist on the play. Peterborough took the lead back a minute later as Willow Mackenzie stuffed in a loose puck after a prolonged scramble in front of the Cobourg net. This setback was quickly and permanently erased by a red hot McKenna Ainsworth. With less than a minute remaining in the second period, Ainsworth made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Candice Visser who was breaking in along the far boards. Visser fired a hard wrist shot that caught the inside of the far post. Ainsworth then proceeded to collect both the go-ahead goal and the insurance marker to push Cobourg out front 4-2. Peterborough pulled their goalie with a minute and a half remaining in the game to try and salvage a tie. Cobourg stood their ground but with 3.5 seconds left on the clock, Brittany Little unloaded a laser beam from the top of the face-off circle that went off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. Cobourg held on to collect a well deserved 4-3 victory. Molly McPherson played a stellar game between the pipes for Cobourg. McPherson normally plays centre for the Peewee C team but was called up to play goal when no other goalies were available.

On Monday evening, Cobourg traveled to Deseronto to play their arch rivals; the Belleville Bearcats. Belleville is 2-0 against Cobourg this season. This was a close match throughout but the difference in this game, as it was in the previous game against Peterborough, was Coach Mike Visser’s new aggressive style. If not for Belleville goalie Torri Pope, this game would have been out of reach early. Belleville hit the scoreboard first, in spite of being outshot badly in the early going. Emily Chapple got Cobourg going when she scored with only 28 seconds remaining in the first to pull Cobourg even at 1-1. Samantha Clarey and Brooke Murphy assisted on the goal. Chapple also bagged the go-ahead goal in the second with help from Murphy and Rebecca Gray. A unfortunate turnover in the Cobourg end allowed Belleville to tie the game at 2-2 at 3:03 of the second. There was no scoring in the third and Cobourg had to settle for a one point sister-kisser. Even though Cobourg only collected the single point, they still claimed 3 of a possible 4 points in their two games and are now only a single point behind Peterborough for second place. (story submitted by Bill Peeples)

Tyke House League Update - Pocock Powers Ducks Over Senators

The Senators came out flying in the first period of a recent Tyke House league game. Beckett O’Neil fired one between the pipes to give the Sens an early lead. Picking up the assist was Alex Colbran. Two more goals by the Senators in the first gave them a 3-0 lead going into the second period. Goal scorers were Christopher Nikolaou and O’Neil with his second of the frame. Helpers went to Matthew Cavanaugh, Cameron Enns, Matthew Smith and Dylan Stadke.

The Ducks came back fighting in the second with Ethan Diminie connecting on a feed from Devin Maudsley and Jordan Harvey. Josh Pocock found twine twice soon after giving the Ducks their third goal of the period and making it an even contest. Assisting on the goals were Kyle Snyder, Daniel Filce and Keegan Ferguson with two.

Sarah Fenton put the Senators back in front 4-3 with the help of teammates Alex Colbran and Tanner Sheppard.

It was all Ducks in the third. Josh Pocock opened up the period on passes from Kyle Snyder and Ethen Diminie. Daniel Filce added a point soon after from Devin Maudsley and Jacob Kellar. Kellar scored the Ducks final goal with helpers from Jordan Harvey and Ethan Diminie. The Senators gave a valiant effort fighting back and managing to score one more by Tanner Sheppard assisted by Emilie Moulton and Dylan Stadke but the Ducks held on for a 6-5 victory. Excellent job by both goaltenders, Willie LePage for the Sens and Ryan Brough for the Ducks. (story submitted by Erin Sheppard)

Tyke House League Update - Leafs Too Much For Sharks

Working with a short bench proved a difficult time for the Sharks as they were shut-out by the Leafs 7-0.

Despite many courageous defensive plays the Sharks just didn’t have the manpower to hold the Leaf scorers at bay.

Dawson Murphy scored first for the Leafs on passes from Jordan Edwards and Wilson Behan. Nick Ormel connected next for the Buds with helpers going to Brandon Landry and Damien Hogg. Rounding out the scoring in the first for the Leafs was Brody Waller set up by Brady Gilmour and Jordan Edwards.

The defensive line of Mackenzie Lowry, Jacob Chidley and Corey Saman was impressive throughout the period for the Sharks. Goalie Bradley Barrett did everything he could to turn the rubber away.

Second period goals by Brandon Landry and Damien Hogg put the Leafs up 5-0. Picking up helpers were Owen Cattell, Wilson Behan and Brandon Landry.

Again, another heroic period was played by the Sharks with Kate Saman, Jacob Holmes and Chalmers McKeen digging deep for their team. Leafs goalie Lydia Tomasi refused to let one slip by.

Despite a hard fought battle by Zoe Huddleston and Meghan Visser, the Leafs managed to add two more in the third with Dawson Murphy and Damien Hogg each getting their second of the game. Picking up helpers were Nick Ormel and Brody Waller with two. (story submitted by Erin Sheppard)


Horizon Plastics Midget AA Girls brought home gold from the Whitby tournament this past weekend going undefeated throughout the tournament.

Game 1 of the tournament had the Cobourg squad playing the host Whitby team in a grudge match after loosing to Whitby in the finals of the Kingston Cup one month ago. The girls had something to prove. Cobourg jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Rose Harris from a Jessica Holmes pass followed by Allie Oliver scoring, assisted by Amanda Armstrong and Ashlyn Kelly. Whitby scored with 4 minutes left in the 2nd period then tied the game at the 11:31 mark in the third with Cobourg short handed. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. The defence pair of Christina Murchie and Kaitlin Newton cleared the puck well and Lindsay Manning had a number of great shots from the point on the Whitby tender.

Later that evening Cobourg took on Niagara Falls winning 3-1. Cobourg struck first with Carly Oliver scoring from a feed by Rose Harris. Cobourg scored their 2nd goal when Amanda Armstrong buried a passing play from Rose Harris and Lindsay Manning. Niagara Falls responded with their only goal in the 2nd period at the 7:33 mark. Cobourg roared back in the 3rd with a nice passing play by Melissa Bell & Amanda Armstrong. Armstrong tipped it past the Niagara goalie before flipping backwards over the goalie to end the match 3-1.

On Saturday, Cobourg faced Syracuse and won 3-0. Melissa Bell opened the scoring from Rose Harris and Shannon Gill. Then 29 seconds later Gill ripped a shot to the top hand corner from a feed by Christina Murchie. As the 1st period closed Cobourg got into some penalty problems and Syracuse had a 5 on 3. Goalie Kate Read stood her ground with help from the defensive squad of Ashlyn Kelly, Kaitlin Newton, Christina Murchie and Lindsay Manning defending well to kill off both penalties. Melissa Bell struck again with a fancy goal relaying a pass from Shannon Gill. Read recorded her 1st shut out of the match.

Cobourg had been playing without 3 players Rikki Palmateer, Kelly Poelstra and Katelyn McEvoy due to injuries and illness. Forward Rikki Palmateer returned to the line up Saturday night and gave some punch to Cobourg's attack.

Cobourg having 5 points after the round robin portion of the tournament earned the right to advance to the semi-finals against Cornwall. Cobourg won in a commanding 4-0 show of skill and determination. The squad came out flying against a strong Cornwall team. The combination of Shannon Gill and Christina Murchie got Cobourg off to an early lead. Followed by Amanda "wee" Armstrong on an unassisted goal. Cobourg's Allie Oliver buried a pass from Melissa Bell with 25 seconds left in the 1st period to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Then in the 2nd period Lindsay Manning blasted a shot from the point to score from a great passing set up from Ashlyn Kelly and Amanda Armstrong. Cornwall fought back but tight checking by Rose Harris, Carly Oliver and Jessica Holmes kept the Cobourg end cleared as Kate Read frustrated the Cornwall attackers in recording her 2nd shut out of the tournament.

Cobourg was heading to the Championship against Belleville who had defeated host Whitby in the other semi-final match. Cobourg found Belleville hungry for the puck and kept Cobourg deep in their zone for the first 5 minutes of the game. However, strong defensive play by Kaitlin Newton, Ashlyn Kelly, Christina Murchie and Lindsay Manning & the quick reflexes of goalie Kate Read kept Belleville frustrated until Melissa Bell burst out of the Cobourg end picking up a pass from Allie Oliver to Rose Harris to Bell. Bell made no mistake beating the Belleville goalie. It was Bell again in the 2nd period with an unassisted goal after nicely checking the Belleville attacker off the puck. The Belleville coach switched goalies after Cobourg's 2nd goal. Belleville scored with Cobourg serving a 2 minute penalty on the play after some confusion between the referee and 2 linesmen. It was then that Carly Oliver bursting down the left wing taking a pass from Katelyn McEvoy scored Cobourg's 3rd to take a 3-1 lead. Belleville responded with another goal to bring the squad within 1. Then Kaitlin Newton blasted a shot off a Belleville player after a great pass from Jessica Holmes.

This is the first tournament win this season for the girls and coach Pete Kelly said he hasn't seen that much gutsy play this year. Kate Crosby backed up Kate Read in the net. The team would also like to thank the Cobourg Family YMCA and in particular trainer Samantha Turner for helping the girls in their dry land training programme. It showed in the girls' strength in the finals as Cobourg's conditioning paid off. (story and photos submitted by Suzanne Manning)

Atom Girls Meet Their Idols at Weekend Tournament ....

The Cobourg Lorenz and Son Atom B Girls Hockey team participated in the Whitby Girls Hockey Association's 8th Annual Tournament this past weekend. The Cobourg girls played their little hearts out but fell just short of qualifying for the finals.

Friday morning's game against Whitby was a back and forth, hard fought affair with Cobourg coming out as the winners by a 2 to 1 margin. Brandi Buchanan scored Cobourg's first goal of the game on assists from Mallory Wiggans and Erin Ashley. Whitby answered with a tying goal a few minutes later. The teams skated through a scoreless second frame and then part way through the third period, Cobourg's squad captain, Katie McAllister, scored a picture perfect game winning goal with a nice set up right of the face-off from Jessica Proskos. Saturday's first game against Belleville was a big set back for Cobourg losing by a score of 5 to 0. Cobourg did not let this get them down as later in the afternoon, they defeated Kitchener scoring two goals to Kitchener's one. Mallory Wiggans was on fire scoring both of Cobourg's goals with Brandi Buchanan and Elicia Morgan each earning an assist. Even with their second win, it was not enough to propel Cobourg to the finals.

The Cobourg girls made the best of the day by collecting autographs and hob-knobbing with the ladies of the Canadian Olympic Women's hockey team. (story and photo submitted by Anne Lafontaine)

Tyke Timbit Hockey Action ....

Excitement was in the air Saturday afternoon in Pad 2 as the Tyke Timbits of the CCHL were set to play their first games of the season.

The first contest found the Timbit Leafs facing the Timbit Ducks. Dawson Murphy opened the scoring for the Leafs on passes from Brody Waller and Brandon Landry.

Ethan Diminie pulled the Ducks even a short time later from Jake London and Keegan Ferguson.

The second period was just as close as each team scored single markers, the Leafs by Brody Waller with Lydia Tomasi and Wilson Behan getting the helpers. Josh Pocock found twine for the Ducks with help from Ryan Brough and Devin Maudsley.

Owen Cattell put the Leafs back in front in the third period with Damien Hogg and Nick Ormel doing the set-up work. Despite the hard work and determination from Ducks Daniel Filce, Cameron McNaughton and Jordan Harvey, the Leafs added an insurance marker in the third scored by Brody Waller, assisted by Jordan Edwards.

Next on the venue had the Timbit Sharks squaring off against the Timbit Senators.

Another close game was to be seen. Sarah Fenton put the Sens in front from Willie LePage and Beckett O’Neil. Dylan Stadke set up Tanner Sheppard for the second goal for the Senators. The Sharks however wouldn’t take the bite coming back with two of their own in the second. The first scored by Brody Majdell from Olivia Smoke and Corey Saman. Jacob Holmes set up Zoe Huddleston for a tying goal a short time later.

A pair of second period goals by Matthew Cavanaugh put the Senators back on top after two periods. Assisting on Cavanaugh’s goals were Emilie Moulton, Matthew Smith and, the big play maker of the game with three assists, Christopher Nikolaou.

A scoring frenzy in the third from both teams added excitement as it was still anybody’s game. Tanner Sheppard’s second of the game gave the Senators some insurance. Assisting on the goal were Beckett O’Neil and Christopher Nikolaou. The Sharks would not surrender to defeat. Three goals in the third had everything even. Zoe Huddleston netted her second of the game with help from Chalmers McKeen and Jacob Chidley. A short time later McKeen found the net assisted by Corey Saman. Brody Majdell scored his second of the contest on feeds from Smoke and Chidley to tie the game at 5-5.

It looked like the game would end in a tie but in the dying moments, Sarah Fenton of the Senator’s took off on a break away scoring the winning goal unassisted. (story submitted by Erin Sheppard)