by Prince George Minor Hockey Association, 2017-03-23T16:12:14-07:00March 23 2017, at 04:12 PM PDT
Who thought that 9 girls from PG could finish out the round robin in second place and the tournament in third place at the March 17-19 Kelowna Female Tournament!!
Nine brave hockey players made themselves very popular in Kelowna recently. A team made of five Midget (Kiera Thompsom, Kaleigh Calder, Reegan, Haley-Dahl, Jacquelin Spendiff, Madelyn Killman), two Bantam (Emmelin Leclerc & Lani Loth) and two returning (Kaitlyn & Vanessa Soupidis) players. They played their first game Friday night against the Grande Prairie Midget girls, one of the strongest teams of the tournament. When Mikel Leclerc (head coach) was shaking hands with the referees they asked very skeptically where the rest of his players were. It was a full bench of players for Grande Prairie so it really looked like they would kill us. What they didn’t know is that our team was extremely determined to make a stand and they had a good strategy to follow. The score was even until 52.8 seconds remained in the game. That is when Grande Prairie broke the tie for a 4-3 win on Friday night. Saturday morning we played the gold medal team of the tournament, the Kelowna Midget girls. That game was tough and our girls kept fighting like hell to keep Kelowna out of our defensive zone. With 1:05 remaining in the second period, the Prince George girls scored the only goal of the game. The parents and the coach were cheering like crazy, but not as loud as those 9 girls were. In the afternoon the girls repeated their great performance with a 5-3 win against the Ridge Meadows Bantam girls. The final result for two wins and one loss with 9 goals for us and only 7 goals against us gave us second place on a total of six teams. We couldn’t believe it when looking at the board and thought it was a mistake. Others simply could not believe that such a small amount of players could do something like that. They also were quite impressed with their discipline and the coaching. Sunday morning our playoff game was again against the hosting Kelowna Midget girls. We lost 5-0 but when the tournament was over, we placed third. Other people said the tournament would’ve been a different story had we arrived with a full roster, but our girls came first in their opinion when they compared the teams. Suffice to say this was an experience many people from BC and Alberta won’t forget.