HAMILTON, Ont. Sophia Smith Jersey . -- Alexa Vasko scored the go-ahead goal shorthanded to lead the host Stoney Creek Sabres over the Sudbury Lady Wolves 2-1 in round-robin play at the Esso Cup womens midget hockey championship Tuesday. Emily Calligan also scored for the undefeated Sabres (3-0-0-0) and goaltender Hannah Miller made 24 saves. Karli Shell was the lone goal scorer for the Lady Wolves (1-2-0-0). Stephanie Pascal stopped 22 shots in the loss. Earlier, Caitlin Dempsey scored twice, including the winner on a third-period power play, and Jane Kish made 38 saves as the Weyburn Gold Wings edged the Fraser Valley Phantom 3-2 for their third straight win. Bailee Bourassa scored the other Gold Wings (3-0-0-0) goal, while Kassidy Sjostrand chipped in with two assists. Brianna Keats and Mikayla Ogrodniczuk scored for the Phantom (0-3-0-0), and Valencia Yordanov stopped 21 shots in the loss. In the first game of the day, Faith Steeves scored three goals as the Moncton Rockets earned their first win at the Esso Cup, a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Thunder. Brooke Murphy had the other two goals for Moncton (1-2-0-0) while Sarah Johnson and Isabelle Letourneau each added two assists. Brianne Waterman was sharp in goal with 42 saves. Alexandra Poznikoff had two goals and an assist for Edmonton (1-2-0-0), Nicole Gorda had a goal and two assists, and Amy Boucher also scored. Tracie Kikuchi made 17 saves. Imani Dorsey Jersey .Y. -- The Montreal Canadiens have had few reasons to celebrate this season as they have been mired near the basement of the Eastern Conference. Julie Ertz Jersey . Hes even holding a bat on one of his 2014 baseball cards. So far, hes playing like his picture.HOUSTON -- J.J. Watt couldnt sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. The star defensive end arrived at NRG Stadium about 3:30 a.m. and found the security code on the door had changed, keeping him locked out. A cleaning lady let him in and Watt went straight to the weight room. "I thought they were pulling a joke on me," Watt said Tuesday. "Im not even on the team anymore." Not a chance. Watts deal is reportedly worth $100 million, including a $10 million signing bonus and $51.8 million in guaranteed money overall. Hes now signed through the 2021 season. "I hope the people of Houston dont mind me sticking around for a little while longer because I happen to like it here quite a bit," Watt said. "Im really excited about this and Im very, very fortunate. I promise to do everything in my power to work extremely hard and give everything that I have to prove that Ive earned this." He certainly has so far. The 25-year-old Watt was the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year after recording 20 1/2 sacks and batting down 16 passes. He has 74 tackles for loss, 36 1/2 sacks and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011, and he leads the league in sacks (31) and swatted passes (21) in the past two seasons. "We normally wouldnt do this at this stage," owner Bob McNair said about the timing of the signing. "We just felt that his performance had been so outstanding, his attitude so great, his work ethic is such a role model for everyone on our team that we felt that he deserves special consideration. Thats why we agreed to look at this situation." Watt talked to his parents after agreeing to the deal on Monday night. His mother asked if Watt felt any differently now that he had a new deal in place. Watt said he didnt. "Money doesnt motivate me, greatness does," he said. "Im so fortunate that I dont have to worry about the money, so I can focus on the greatness. USWNT Shirts. At the end of the day, I want to play this game because I want to be the absolute best I can be." Watt can hardly believe the trajectory of his life from such humble beginnings in a small Midwestern town. "Im just a kid from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, you know, a small little town, who had big dreams and who worked extremely hard and had a great support system around him," he said. "So only to do to this so early in my career, to have the team show the faith and appreciation that they have, thats what Im so grateful and Im so thankful." Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015. He expressed his desire for a new contract last month as the Texans were practicing with the Denver Broncos. He never intended to hold out, though, preferring to focus on practice and left the negotiating to his agent, Tom Condon. General manager Rick Smith and Condon didnt have much to discuss beyond the money figures. "I dont think Ive ever been in a negotiation where there was so much alignment with how we felt about the player," Smith said. "You have to base your feeling on what the future looks like based on the past. Thats a pretty good predictor of what you will have and everything that weve seen from J.J. gives us every confidence that he will continue to work the way that hes worked and continue to be as effective as a player that hes been so far." Watt says his deal proves how well the combination of big dreams and hard work can pay off. "Dont ever let anybody tell you why you cant be what you want to be," he said. "Dont ever let anybody crush your dreams. But your dreams dont mean anything if youre not willing to wake up and work for them. So you better be willing to do the second part. You better be willing to work hard, make sacrifices, be disciplined, do all these things that everybody talks about." ' ' '
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