Saugeen Maitland Lightning Intermediate A has made history, being the first women’s OWHA team to win three consecutive gold medals in any age group. Local players Maddie Duncan and Emma Swift led from the team’s blue line. This win is the third gold medal win for Duncan and the first provincial gold for Swift. The defensive players proved to have a strong combination of grit, point shot, hockey decisionmaking and puck movement that complimented a talented overall team. In provincial medal play, Saugeen won five straight games, winning 1-0 and 3-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday going into the semi-finals. On Sunday, Saugeen beat St. Catherines 3-0, with Lexi Smith scoring first, Swift netting the second goal, and Smith notching her second goal in third period action. During the Sunday finals, Saugeen beat the Kitchener Rangers 3-0 to capture the gold. Again, it was Smith netting two and Swift adding another in the final minute of play. Team MVP went to goaltender Tabitha Hummel, who allowed only two goals in the five games. Saugeen plays in tournaments just once a month, which makes winning three championships that much more unlikely. Saugeen Maitland has maintained its number one ranking in Canada.
Three consecutive gold medals for Saugeen Maitland Intermediate A team was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by