Minor hockey round up
The Sooke Thunderbirds Bantam Girls participated in the Vancouver Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend, “Play Where the Pros Play” this past Saturday. The girls were treated like NHL professional hockey players upon arriving at Rogers Arena. The game versus Tri Cities on Canuck ice, included the Canucks’ own announcer, replays of their goals on the scoreboard and between period interviews with Sooke’s Team Captain Hailey Dimock. The game was streamed live on the Canucks TV website.
Some highlights of the game were a “Bobby Orr” type goal by Jaime Lafontaine; 2 goals by Alyssa Lloyd; goals by Hailey Bryant, Alison Sudlow and Hailey Dimock and assists for Kaitlin McKelvey, Hailey Olejnik, Desiree Cumming and Kailee Purnell. Final score of the game, Sooke 6, Tri Cities 0. Michelle Lacombe achieved a rare Rogers Arena shut out. Victoria Sutherland was the only player to sit in the same “sin bin” that many other Canuck bad boys have sat in.
After the game, the team was invited to tour the Canucks’ dressing room and inner sanctum where Jasmine Kumar discovered she nicely fit inside the dressing room bench and Morgan Couture discovered magic doors.
The girls would like to thank the Vancouver Canucks staff for choosing their team (among 1,200 other teams) to play at Rogers Arena and their parents for supporting this amazing experience.
Sooke Novice 2W
Sunday, Dec. 9, the Sooke Novice 2W team took to the ice for a 7 a.m. game in Oak Bay vs. the Victoria Ice Hawks C team. Fresh off a couple of big wins, the Sooke team was ready for some more action. They had their hands full with the Ice Hawks as they were shut out in a tiring battle.
Sooke only dressed seven skaters and a goalie compared to the Ice Hawks 16 players. Double and triple shifts all morning for the Sooke players and it was evident they were running on empty.
We had valiant efforts by forwards Dumont, Ouellette, Rose and Wiley. Defense trio of Jenkins, Robinson, and Stanley gave it their all keeping the puck out of the defensive zone whenever possible. However without the big league saves from Austin Boscence, the score would have been much worse. Our team sponsors, Sooke Cabinets and Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza, would be extremely proud of the players effort, never-give-up attitude and sportsmanship displayed during the defeat.
Coaching staff and players would really like to thank all those dedicated parents for getting up so early on a Sunday morning and making the trip to Victoria.
The Novice 2W’s next game is against rival Kerry Park Islanders Dec. 16 at 8 a.m. at the SEAPARC arena.