Sooke’s Bantam girls had a busy weekend with two games on their schedule the weekend before last. Their first opponent on Saturday, Feb 8 was Campbell River. It was a tough loss as the Sooke girls lose by 1-0.
“We couldn’t find our momentum tonight,” said coach Steve. “We just need to forget that one, and move on.”
Then early the next morning, on Sunday Feb. 9, at the JDF arena, Sooke Bantam girls show up with a great intensity. In only the first period, Sooke was leading 6-1, with goals from Celina Palko (2), Kaitlin McKelvey, Olivia Carello, Erin Chisholm and Rory Wood.
In the second and third periods, Olivia Carello and Jennifer Simonis added to the outcome to end the game at 8-4.
“I love how the girls came back from our loss yesterday. Our goalie Lilia England, did a magnificent job in the net, and young, experienced players like Chevy Alexander, Kailey Peaker and Leah Zchau gave a huge effort on the ice,” added coach Steve. The defence was very strong by adding assistance and preparing play: a tip of the hat to Morgan Couture, Victoria Sutherland and Hailey Olejnik.
This past weekend, the Bantam girls played hard and saw a tied game.
Sooke Bantam was facing off Peninsula on the afternoon of Sunday, February 16. “It’s a tough team to play against,” said coach Steve Couture. On the first period the Sooke girls open the board with a great goal from Rory Wood. Peninsula reply with two quick goals. Then Olivia Carrello tightens them up again. In the third period a great pass from Morgan Couture to Kaitlin McKelvey to finish up the game at 3-3.
“The girls worked very hard, and they never give up,” said coach Couture. “We were so close to beating Peninsula today, our hard work paid off.”
Submitted by Melanie Dube