Bantam, Midget Crunch place first at Rangers Fall Fest

Napanee's Bantam Crunch celebrate after winning the Lady Rangers Fall Fest in Kitchener. Submitted photo.

The Napanee Bantam BB Crunch won the Kitchener Lady Rangers Fall Fest tournament this weekend.  

Game 1 was a 2-0 win over the Windsor Wildcats.  Aleaha Mallette earned the shutout and goals were scored by Kristen Sutton and Lila Pringle.  Game 2 was a 2-0 win over the highly ranked Nepean Wildcats.  Keyra Herrington made 27 saves for the shutout.  Kristen Sutton scored the opener and then added an empty netter to seal the deal.  Game 3 saw the Crunch beat the host, Kitchener Lady Rangers, 2-0.  Morgan Hennessey scored 15 seconds into the game and then tipped in a nice goal late in the third period.  Game 4 was a lop sided 3-0 win over the Central York Panthers.  The Crunch outshot them, 38-3.  This put them in first in the round robin and a ticket punched for Sunday. They beat the Mount Forest Rams 2-1 in a shootout.  Mallette had several nice saves to hold the Rams to a lone goal. The final was a rematch with the Nepean Wildcats. Taryn Landine picked off a pass in the neutral zone and skated in and buried the puck over the glove of the goalie to go up 1-0.  The Wildcats took a timeout and came storming out and got a breakaway of their own, squeaking one in to tie it. Neither team would budge through regulation and the 3-on-3 overtime, setting up another shootout.  Lila Pringle took the first shot for the Crunch and buried the puck past the goalie on a nice deke.  Herrington stopped the first Wildcat shooter. The second Napanee shooter missed the net, while the Wildcats knotted up the shootout on a nice deke.  Abby Birdsell put the Crunch back on top with a beautiful goal, setting up a must stop for Herrington.  The Wildcat shooter tried to deke and go high glove, but Herrington slid over and snagged it out of the air, setting off the celebration from her team.


The Napanee Midget BB Crunch players, coach and staff with their medals after winning the Lady Rangers Fall Fest in Kitchener. Submitted photo.


-Napanee’s Midget BB also won the Kitchener Lady Rangers Fall Fest tournament this weekend. The Crunch opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Ice, followed by  a 1-0 win over the Stratford Aces. They then lost to the Wilmot Wolverines, 3-1 before beating the Whitby Wolves, 5-1 to punch their ticket to the semifinals.  They won the rematch with Wilmot, 1-0 to reach the finals against the Wallaceburg Lakers. The Crunch won, 2-1.

-The United Restaurant/Allegiance General Contracting Atom B Crunch beat the Lindsay Lynx, 2-0 on Saturday and then had a double header against the Oshawa Lady Generals on Sunday at home.  The Crunch tied them, 1-1 in Game 1, and then beat them 2-1 in Game 2.

-The Bantam B Crunch beat the Bancroft Jets, 3-1 on Saturday.  Goals came from Gates McAllister, Natalie Mills and Nicole Geenevasen, with assists by Mills, Grace Giroux and Stella Sutton. Then beat them again at home on Sunday, 6-1.  Goals by Stella Sutton with the hat trick, Molly Dafoe, Natalie Mills and Giroux.  Assists by Geenevasen (three), Karenna Ricketts, Hailey Bauder (two), and McAllister.  Navy Hill earned both victories.  With these two wins, the Crunch have taken over first place in the East Division.

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