The bantam Female Rep team returned home from their Prince George tournament last week with a strong result closer to what they’ve been used to all season.
Although they fell to an Alberta team from Lloydminster, losing in the finals 4-0, the team was pleased with the results.
“The team had a great weekend, looking much better than the previous tournament in Kamloops,” said coach Mario Desjardins.
“Playing back to back weekends helped as the previous tournament in Kamloops the team had a three-and-a-half week break,” he said.
They started the Tournament defeating Lloydminster 2-1 on Friday night.
Saturday started off with a decisive 9-1 win against Williams Lake in the morning game with Taylor Beck having a 6-point game.
Later that night, they lost to their northern rivals and home team Prince George 2-1 in a game that saw our team out shoot our opponent 43-19.
“Our team could only get one goal past a hot PG goalie, Avery Quiring,” he said.
Sunday morning the team needed a win or a tie to move on to the finals, and got just what they needed, defeating their opponents, the Smithers Female Midget Rep team 5-0. Sage Desjardins led the way with a 5-point game.
“Our team had only one hour to rest up for our final game against Lloydminster, that hadn’t seen the ice since Saturday,” said Desjardins.
“Going into the final game I was concerned that our tank was empty after coming off a harder than anticipated game with the Smithers team.”
The girls came out strong in the 1st period with the game tied at 0, but heading into the second, Lloydminster scored just four minutes in to take a 1-0 lead going into the break.
After the break, Lloydminster scored on their first shift putting Terrace behind by two goals.
Lloydminster scored again at the seven minute mark to put the game away.
“In a desperate move I pulled our goalie with four minutes left to try and generate a goal, but Lloydminster managed to find the back of the empty net with two minutes remaining in the game,” said Desjardins.
“Overall the Girls had an excellent tournament weekend taking a second place finish.”
Next for the team is a home series against the Prince Rupert Pee Wee Reps on Dec. 15 before settling into Christmas break.
After the Christmas break several players will be heading to Williams Lake for the BC U16 camp.
There, the top 17 players will be selected from over 40-50 female players to represent their zone in the BC Cup in April.