Lightning struck in the Ottawa region this past weekend as the Durham West Jr Lightning. Brought all six points back home, extending their win streak to nine games.
SATURDAY [Nov 4, 2023]
Ottawa, ON – The Durham West Jr Lightning saw their win streak extend Saturday afternoon at the Tony Graham Recreation Complex as they took down the Ottawa Jr Lady Senators 3-2.
Sarah Rowe got the night started for the Lightning as her point shot found its way through the goaltender’s legs and into the back of the net for her first of the season. Georgia Sambrano extended the lead on the power play a few minutes later with a great shot from the line, and Sarah Rowe and Avery Bryk picked up the assists. Ottawa cut the lead in half just over a minute later when Brooke Mulvihill found a way to the net past two defenders before sliding it home.
Both goalies didn’t give an inch in the second period, and despite a 14 – 4 advantage in shots for the Lightning, the game remained 2-1 heading into the third period. In the final frame, Ottawa tied the game just under three minutes in as Michelle Gao received a cross-ice pass and put it into the top corner. Minutes later, The Lightning got it right back as Ella Inglis picked up her rebound in front of the net and put it home to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead. Avery Bryk picked up her second assist of the night while Eden Bergman recorded the other.
In the final minute of the game, despite having to kill off a four-minute penalty, the Lightning held off any late attack and picked up three points to kick off the weekend.
SUNDAY [Nov 5, 2023]
Nepean, ON – The Durham West Jr Lightning didn’t let a challenging first period get in their heads as they stormed back on the road, taking down the Nepean Jr Wildcats 3-2.
The Wildcats opened the scoring as Isabella Donaldson found the back of the net with a shot from the blue line just over six minutes into the game. Vanessa Sciampacaone found the back of the net later in the period, and despite leading the period in shots on net, 16-5, the Lightning found themselves trailing 2-0 through one.
Ella Inglis cut the lead in half for the Bolts as she fired home a shot for her second goal of the weekend. Sarah Rowe and Karianne Engelbert picked up the assists.
In the final frame, Durham tied the game just over three minutes in as Maddie McCullough picked up her fifth goal of the season off a beautiful toe-drag pass from Ella Inglis. Minutes later, it was Ella Klinkhammer who found the back of the net with a shot from the point for her first career u22 Elite goal. Ella Inglis & Hayley Thomspon picked up the assists.
In the final minute, again, the Lightning held off a late attack and held on for the victory to extend the win streak to nine games.