The North Bay Bantam A Ice Boltz took home silver medals at the OWHA Provincial Championships on the weekend of April 5-7, 2019.
The team played seven games over the weekend, giving up a total of three goals against. In the round robin games, the team tied number three ranked Ottawa Ice 0-0, before beating Chatham Outlaws 4-0 and West Northumberland Wild 2-0.
The first playoff qualifying game had the girls playing Etobicoke, coming out on top 2-0. This put the Ice Boltz into the quarterfinals against Nepean Wildcats, the second ranked Bantam A team in the province. The result was another 2-0 victory.
In the semi-finals, the Ice Boltz faced the Waterloo Ravens, winning 2-1, with the game being decided in the second overtime.
The final saw the Ice Boltz matched against Lakeshore Lightning, the number one ranked team in the province. This was another exciting game with the deciding goal by the Lightning scored in the third overtime period.
The Ice Boltz earned the berth in the provincial championships by defeating Sudbury Lady Wolves in the regional play down series (0-1, 3-0, 0-0) with 4 points to advance.
Team staff include head coach Dan Garagan, assistants Jay Moore, Chad Frank and Erik Lind, and trainer Shauna Oullette.
“I could not be anymore proud of how these girls handled themselves on and off the ice," head coach Dan Garagan had to say after their big win.
The Bantam A Ice Boltz also won gold earlier this season at the 38th Annual Walter Gretzky Tournament in Brantford in February, defeating the sixth ranked home team Brampton Ice Cats 3-0 in the Gold Medal Game.