It seemed, to the parents, that the storm was building since the start of the season. The Durham West Lightning Girls Atom BB Hockey were drawing closer to the winning side with each game until the Fall Challenge Tournament in Waterloo recently where they turned in an outstanding performance resulting in a bronze medal.
The under 10 year old girls held their own in the first game of the round robin. They finished with a 1 1 tie against a highly skilled Sudbury Wolves team.
The Lightning, charged from the close call in the first game, surprised the Burlington team, and their parents, with a nail-biting 3 2 win in the second game.
Losing their third game meant that the Atom BB team had to wait to hear whether they were playing for a second or third place in the next round.
Ending the round robin in third place, the girls were excited to enter the semi-finals playing against Oakville. Time was not on their side and they finished with a 2 3 loss. The Lightning would play for the bronze medal.
The girls looked outsized as they took to the ice for the consolation finals against the West Northumberland Wild. The Lightning came out striking taking the lead from the beginning. The London team was always trying to catch up.
Zoe, a first year goalie, put together three outstanding periods stoning the Wild in 25 of 26 shots. The Atom girls capitalized on the stellar goal tending scoring an insurance goal and putting in a 3 1 win.
The Durham West girls came home with a bronze medal. The parents are hoping to see the same excitement in the regular season games.