Terrace’s Bantam Female Rep hockey team returned from the Super Hearts Surrey Tier 1 Tournament losing only one game out of five – a heartbreaking final against Surrey’s A1 team.
The team went undefeated in the round robin winning 1-0 versus Prince George, 4-1 against Abbotsford, 4-1 versus Surrey’s A2 team and beating Victoria 2-0 in the semifinals to go onto the finals against Surrey A1, one of the top ranked teams in the province.
“Meeting Surrey A1 team in the finals was exactly where we wanted to be and who we wanted to be playing in order to get a better measurement of our team before heading to Vernon March 16 for the provincials,” said coach Mario Desjardins, of the tournament that ran Feb. 1-3.
“The girls played excellent all weekend with some adversity losing two players in the round robin making our bench shorter than we had wanted heading into the final day,” he said.
Facing Surrey A1 team in the finals was an excellent challenge for the team, and the girls battled and played 100 per cent every shift for a full 60 minutes, said Desjardins.
But the team fell behind 1-0 in the first period with 37 seconds left.
And despite several chances with a couple of breakaways, missed opportunities, and a couple of goal posts in the final two frames of the game, the team just couldn’t buy a goal to tie the game up.
“It was a disheartening loss for our team, but a lot of positives came from the weekend of competition,” said Desjardins. “Losing to one of the top teams in B.C. by one goal was a positive step and confidence builder for our team. We know we are right there to compete for one of the top three spots in provincials and have the opportunity to play for top spot in B.C.”
The team has had a banner year, winning tournaments across the northwest. And seven players from the team will help represent the North Zone in the U16 BC Cup tournament at the start of April.