Minor hockey round up
The sleet, the snow, the freezing rain could not keep the Atom C1 Thunderbirds from entering the Lake Cowichan arena to take on the Kerry Park Islanders. As the boys prepared to enter the ice, the game was nearly called before it started as there was no referee present. With no ticketed referee in the building or available the game would not go on as scheduled. As fate would have it, there was one man qualified to provide the officiating. Assistant coach Steve Couture of the Thunderbirds made the trip despite being very ill. Donning on a pair of donated skates, Coach Couture stepped up to call the game saving the trip for both teams, a total of over 30 families.
And thankful the families were, as despite the weather outside being horrific, the entertaining hockey inside was great.
The Thunderbirds marched off quickly to a 2-0 lead, then 2-1, then 3-1, then 3-2, then 4-2, then 4-3, then 5-3 then 5-4 and finally with 50 seconds left and the Islanders continued pressure 5-5, the game ending in a tie.
Nicholas Anderson was named team hustler of the game as he led the way in scoring along with Keefe Monterio, Jordan English and Blake Reymerink.
Beau Hicks, Jacob Barney, Angus Dobie, Justin Parker and William Couture played very well in the defensive pairings keeping the odd man rushes and break aways to a minimum and sweeping out the crease area effectively. Offensively the defense corps played the blue line and boards well extending the play in the offensive zone.
So many chances were had at both ends, with scrambles in the crease area, pucks off posts, and bouncing along the goal line. Connor North made several glove saves and commited his all to stifle many of the continued attacks of the Islanders which were very frequent particularly in the second period.
The boys headed home for the long drive knowing they let one slip away and vowing to do better next game.
By The Hockey Fan
Sooke Novice 2W
Saturday, Nov. 17 the Sooke Novice2W took on the Sooke Novice2B in an early morning match at 7 a.m. The 2W team ate their “Wheaties” this morning as they came flying out of the gate. Power forwards Dumont and Ouellette put up the offence for the 2W team making some nifty passing plays during the game. Stanley’s speed helped her outrace the opponents on numerous occasions resulting in 3 breakaways with one off the iron. Brumovsky, Rose, and Wiley set the tone in the offensive zone with their fore-checking and truculence. Jackson “Red-light” Jenkins kept the critics at bay with an outstanding performance in the net and securing his team the W. Kudos also go out to the 2W defence crew led by Austin Bosence, Rylan Roper, and Tyson Robinson.
The 2B team was an excellent opponent and came on strong going goal for goal with 2W for most of the game, not to mention their fantastic goaltending and hard work.
By Wayne Robinson
Well, the Sooke Female Face-Off was a great success. In the Bantam Division there was six teams, two from the mainland and the rest from the Island. The Bantam Girls played very well. In our first game against Peninsula, the final score was 6 to 2 for Peninsula. Both goals for Sooke were scored by Hailey Dimock, one in the second alone and one in the third period with an assist from Alyssa Lloyd. Our second game was against North Shore, who were the gold medal winners. They were a tough opponent but we managed to score two goals against them both in the second period. One alone by Alyssa Lloyd and then alone by Hailey Dimock. Again a hard fought battle but we lost 7 to 2. In our third game against Tri Cities, we won 9 to 1, our goals scorers were: Kailee Purnell for three goals, Morgan Couture for one, Hailey Dimock for 2, Alyssa Lloyd for one, Kaitlin McKelvey for one and Desiree Cumming for one. This win took us to the Bronze Medal game against Campbell River. The Bronze Medal game was a nail biter with a goal in the first period by Hailey Dimock with an assist by Alyssa Lloyd. Campbell River then scored in the third period and the game ended with a tie. So we went to a shoot out with five shooters apiece.
Our goalie, Michelle Lacombe, is to be commended for her great performance but in the end, Campbell River had some very good shooters. Alyssa Lloyd was the only shooter who managed to get it by their goalie. So our Sooke Bantam Girls got fourth place in the tournament but while it was a disappointing loss, the girls should be very proud of their overall play. Good job girls!
By Barbara Mckinnon