The Esso Cup national midget women’s hockey championship got underway Sunday in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
The Saskatoon Stars, the champions of the Saskatchewan Female Midget Triple A league, are representing the Western region and they got started on the right foot by beating Brampton, Ontario 5-0. Joelle Fiala had a goal and an assist for the winners who went into the game having won their last 19.
On Monday afternoon, the Telus Cup national midget men’s hockey championship will get going in Sudbury, Ontario. The Notre Dame Hounds are representing the West region. They will play Toronto in their first game which goes at 1:30 Saskatchewan time.
No team comes to the Telus Cup hotter than the Hounds, who have won all 13 of their playoff games and have dropped just three of 33 in total since the calendar turned to 2018. Notre Dame was the class of the SMAAAHL in the regular season before sweeping the Saskatoon Blazers, Swift Current and Prince Albert to claim the playoff title. They were perfect at the West Regional, capped by a win over the Winnipeg Wild to clinch a spot in Sudbury.
The Hounds are one of the most successful teams ever on the national stage, claiming a record-tying four Canadian titles in 10 appearances with the last one happening in 2010.