Front left to right; Kaitlin Mckelvey

Head injury ends Bantam girls game with a tie

A 2-2 tie Bantam girl's hockey game, Sooke against Peninsula, came to a sudden end with a shoulder check.

On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, the Bantam girls played against Peninsula.  Head coach Steve Couture was very confident about the team.

“They’ve been practicing very hard,” he said. “ They are hard to play against, because they have lot of good and tall players, always a challenge against them.”

The Sooke girls put in the first goal, with a nice and direct pass from Morgan Couture to Kailey Purnell.

In the second period, Peninsula managed to tie up the score. And then a good rebound from Rory Wood passed the advantage back to Sooke. In the third period, while the “penality kill” Peninsula found their way once again tieing the game, 2-2.

The game suddenly came to an abrupt end when one of the Sooke players had to quit the game due to a shoulder-check that resulted in a bad fall and a minor head injury.

Couture called in the paramedics, and the medical staff at the ER confirmed that injuries were minimized by the fact that the player wore a mouth-guard.

“It is as important as the neck guard or any other piece of equipement,” said her mother, Melanie Dube

Ultimately, Couture was very happy with his defence.

“Alison Sudlow played an awesome game, she was everywhere on the ice and Michele Lacombe was amazing in front of the net!” Rory Wood, Alyssa LLoyd, Kaitlin McKelvey and Desire Cummings  give a strong offensive to the Peninsula. It was a great team. “ Next time we will win, for sure, it’s great we tied the game but now I know, actually we know we can do this.!”

Captain and assistants selected

Last week, head coach Steve Couture and his assistant Simonis Stephan, had been choosing their Captain and assistant captain.

“It was a very tough choice to  make,” recalled Couture. “So many players comes in mind.”

But after doing “interviews with the players and their parents, they make the final decision. The captain for this season will be Morgan Couture and her assistants will be Kaitlin Mckelvey and Desiree Cumming.

“There’s a third ‘A’ to be addressed, and we hope to be able to do it this week,” said the coach. So on Saturday afternoon, the new captain and her team played against the Victoria Peewee Girl Zone. It was a friendly game, since some of the Zone team players are from Sooke. For the second time this season so far, Michel Lacombe got a shut out.

Also, two of the players finished the game with a “hat trick,” Alyssa Lloyd (second this season) and Celina Palco (her first one ever). Morgan Couture got one goal as well.

It’s important to mention that those goals don’t happen alone as Rori Wood, Kaitlin Mckelvey, Kailee Purnell and Jennifer Simonis each got an assist. It was a great game and a good team effort.

Submitted by

Melanie Dube

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