Sooke Thunderbirds goalie Megan Brown.

Atom Female Thunderbirds set sights on playoffs

With two more league game to play, the Thunderbirds sit in second spot in their division with a 3-4 record.

  • Mon Jan 25th, 2016 5:00am
  • Sports

The Atom Female Sooke Thunderbirds are eyeing a playoff spot in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association.

With two more league game to play, the Thunderbirds sit in second spot in their division with a 3-4 record.

If successful, the Thunderbirds will hit the playoffs running before spring break.

On Saturday, the Thunderbirds came up short against Campbell River, losing 5-2. Neala Gair scored both goals for Sooke, while goalie Megan Brown was named game MVP.

“The team is a great balance of [rookie players] and those that have played, two, three, four or even five years,” said Donna Perman, team manager.

So far, the Thunderbirds have played to their team goals to develop good sportsmanship and learn the basics of hockey.

And they’ve had fun doing it.

The Thunderbirds won silver at the recent New Year’s Eve tournament in Saanich and were involved in the Lake Cowichan all-girls jamboree on Jan. 2. The team travels to Richmond for a year-end tournament in March.

The Sooke Thunderbirds are coached by Rich D’Appolonia, head coach and assistant coaches Geoff Gair and Russ Sheriff.

The Thunderbirds play Saanich this Saturday (Jan. 30) at SEAPARC Leisure Centre. Game time is 10:30 a.m.