Hounds howlin'

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

The Notre Dame Hounds liked the way the Mac's Cup looked on their mantle so much they were reluctant to part ways with it.

Backed by the play of Chelsea Karpenko, the Hounds made sure they didn't have to.

For the second-straight year, the girls from Wilcox, Sask., won the Mac's midget championship, beating the Calgary NEAA Flyers 4-1 last night at Max Bell Centre.

Karpenko, who had two goals and an assist, wasn't part of last year's team that also beat the Flyers in the final, so earning this title was much more satisfying than hearing about it.

"It feels unbelievable," she said after celebrating on the ice with her teammates. "Everyone talked about this feeling but now I know what it feels like."

Callee Heywood added an empty-netter in the dying seconds, while Mandi Schwartz also scored for the Hounds.

On the opposite side of the ice, Julianna Johnson scored the lone marker for the Flyers.

Calgary's head coach Kevin Brost said he felt bad for the girls but was proud of the effort.

"It hurt because it's been two years in a row that we've lost this final but I'm proud of these girls," said Brost.

"We had 12 rookie players on this team and we got to the same spot, so we can't say the effort wasn't there. It's good experience for next year."

Hounds bench boss Janice Rumpel credited all her troops for a team effort that perhaps wasn't as perfect as they may have wanted but it got the job done.

"They struggled tonight and it wasn't as pretty as we would've liked it," said Rumpel.

"It's been a long tournament and these girls have missed their Christmas but they battled and came through again."

Karpenko, who assisted on Schwartz's first goal, got her first of the game with low shot from the slot that fooled Calgary goaltender Kayla Strong.

"I was just trying to do whatever it took to give the team a chance," said Karpenko.

"We slowed down in the second but got back on track in the third and finished it off."


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