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15U, Atom Leafs claim 'Cake Eater' tourney crowns


It was a triumphant weekend for both of the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's 15U and Atom Leafs teams as both squads walked away with gold at the Cake Eater Classic tournament in Edina, Mn.

The 15U Leafs went a perfect 3-0 en route to the title in the 'B' division.

The squad opened play on Friday with a 9-1 rout of Wayzata.

Savannah McGinnis scored twice while Jorja Pope, Piper Miller, Mackenna Bruyere, Samantha Kelly, Julia Guertin, Makenna Hill, and Hayden Allam all also lit the lamp.

Fort Frances then dumped Shakopee/Bloomington by an identical 9-1 score on Saturday on the back of McGinnis's and Miller's two goals.

Eva Gerstner, Pope, Hill, Elizabeth Cousineau, and Guertin also bulged the twine for the Leafs.

Then in the Gold-Medal game on Sunday, Miller scored and added two assists to pace the Leafs to a narrow 5-4 win over the Stillwater Ponies.

Abby Roach, Gertner, Gurtin, and Hill also tallied in the championship win.

As for the Atom Leafs, they also went a perfect 3-0 en route to the title.

The squad opened play with a 4-1 win over Buffalo.

Nika Kasper scored twice while Harmony Yerxa and Sayler Easton also tallied.

The Leafs then crusied to a 7-1 thumping of host Edina in their second game.

Yerxa and Easton both notched a pair of goals in that one while Fort Frances also got makers from Ainsley Matheson, Harper Woolsey, and Kasper.

Then in the Gold-Medal game, the Leafs pulled out a thrilling 6-5 win in overtime.

Yerxa scored twice, including the winner into an empty net in OT, while Yerxa also notched a pair of tallies in the championship win and Quinn Miller also scored.

The PeeWee Leafs also competed at the tournament, settling for fourth place in the 12U 'B2' division.

Kallie Boshey and Jersey Rose both lit the lamp twice as the Leafs opened play with a 6-0 shutout of Orono-Westonka.

Then after losing their second game by a 2-0 count to the Edina Green, the Leafs saw their medal aspirations come to a halt with a 4-2 loss to Edina White in the Bronze-Medal game.

Rose and Elena Copenace tallied the only goals for the Leafs in the tournament-ending loss.

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