Since day one we knew we had something special inside The Hangar on Tuesday nights. The team was formed by GM Jenn Jung and were given the Penguins name. She put together a group of friends but turned out that they were good...real good! Jenna Pletzer minds the net and rarely does she take a night off. On D they are led by Team Canada Masters member Vikki Ruth. She is hard to beat one on one and has a cannon of a shot. On the offensive side of the ball the Penguins can roll out any of their forwards. All contribute so it is very hard to defend against this team. Sandra Soares has been their most consistent scorer. Melissa Breslin is the prototypical power forward and April Jarvis, Samantha Calder and Gen Rowe can beat you in many ways.
It all started in the 2016 Fall season. The ladies in blue would step onto the floor for the first time. They finished the season in 4th place with a respectable 4-3-5 record. After upsetting the first place team in the 'A' semi-final the ladies went on to win the final 1-0 and their first of many Championships. The Penguins name has stuck ever since. The dominance continued as they would finish the 2016-17 Winter season with a 10-0-2 record and claim the Championship with a 2-1 win over the Flyers. A rivalry would ensue as they would meet the same team in the final for three straight seasons.
Another 1st place finish in the 2017 Fall League finishing 9-1-2 and another Championship as they would defeat the Kings (formally the Flyers) 1-0 in the finals in a shootout. Would the 2017-18 Winter Season have the same results? The answer is no. The Penguins would not win the President's Trophy this time finishing in 2nd place with a 7-1-4 record. But the Championship final would have the same result. The Penguins would squeeze by the Kings 2-1 to claim their 4th straight league title. A remarkable 30-5-13 record in the regular season and 8-0-0 in the playoffs.
It did not stop at the league level. The Penguins, now the Downsview Penguins, would qualify for the 2017 OBHF Women's Provincial Championships. The ladies traveled to New Tecumseth to try and bring home Gold. It would not be easy. Facing the hometown Xtreme on opening night the ladies battled to a 1-1 draw. Saturday morning they would face the pre-tournament favorites Ottawa Sonics. Another 1-1 draw and now the ladies needed a victory in their final round robin game to advance to the semi-finals. They would defeat New Tecumseth U17 team 3-1.
The semi-finals would be a rematch from the opening night. The hero on Sunday morning was Jenn Jung as she would bang in the OT winner making the final 2-1 and the Penguins would get a second try against the Sonics. This was a see saw affair. A game for the ages and also a berth to the 2018 CBHA Nationals. Our girls would take home the GOLD with a 3-2 win!
Barrie was host to the 2018 OBHF Women's Provincials and all eyes were on the defending Champs. They could not sneak up on anyone this time. However, things were a little different this year. The ladies had to try their luck against two 'A' teams and they proved they can stick with the best of them. They lost to New Tecumseth 2-0 and were upended by the Ottawa Nordiks 3-2. Two great results for the ladies and a very good tune up for the Nationals.
Against 'B' opponents the Pens would defeat New Tecumseth (2) 2-0 and New Tecumseth U17 team 3-0. With those results the Penguins would make the 'B' final for the second consecutive year. And for the second time they would wear GOLD with a 3-0 win over New Tecumseth U17.
This week the Penguins will compete at the 2018 CBHA Women's B Nationals in Windsor, Ontario. We want to wish the team the best of luck!