The Lady Beans put up an outstanding performance in the first tournament of the program’s inaugural year. The U10 girls’ team battled against some of the top girls’ teams in Massachusetts at the Cranberry Classic and made it all the way to the championship game. They started off the weekend with a tenacious come from behind win against the Bay State Breakers U10 team, battling back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead and eventually win the game 3-2. Next, the Beans displayed their skating ability when they faced off against the Rhode Island Sting. They easily dominated the game from start to finish and won 7-0. On day 2 of the tournament, they shut down a solid Boston Jr. Terriers team with their strong skating and great puck movement in the offensive zone. The Lady Beans won that matchup 6-0, setting up a showdown with the top U10 girls’ team in the state. The last game of the round robin portion of the tournament showcased the MA Spitfires vs. the Lady Beans, the two teams that had already earned their spots in the championship the next day, regardless of this game’s outcome. The Spitfires took control early with a 1-0 lead, and while the Lady Beans fought back and had chances, the Spitfires goalie stood strong in the net. The final score was a 4-0 loss for the Lady Beans. Championship Sunday featured a rematch from the night before. Both teams were ready for the challenge, and the game did not disappoint. The Spitfires and Beans traded chances back and forth, with power play opportunities for each team. Finally, with about 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, the Spitfires cashed in on a scramble in front of the net, scoring the eventual game winner. The Spitfires team and their goalie withheld the final onslaught from the Lady Beans, ultimately winning the championship by a score of 1-0. It was extremely impressive to see this group perform the way they did over the course of the weekend, ending up with a one goal championship game loss to the #1 girls’ team in the state. The U10 Lady Beans can hold their heads high, having demonstrated the skills they have been working on throughout the first 3 months of the season and ultimately performing very successfully. We’d like to extend our congratulations to the Spitfires and thanks to all of the competitors in the Cranberry Classic.