The Greater Vancouver Comets remain at the top of the standings after a weekend sweep, with 25 points and a 12-2-1 record. The Northern Capitals and Thompson-Okanagan Lakers are also at the top of the table, with 22 points each. Catch up on all the action this weekend with our Week 5 FMAAA recap.
Fraser Valley Rush vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Game 1: Fraser Valley 3, Greater Vancouver 4
Game 2: Fraser Valley 2, Greater Vancouver 4
Game 3: Fraser Valley 0, Greater Vancouver 2
The Comets swept the first series against their cross-town rivals, winning all three (3) games in Langley at Fraser Valley’s home rink. Game 1 was close, with the Comets eking out a 4-3 victory thanks to a short-handed goal from Danika Pasqua with just 44 seconds left in the game. Cierra Paisley, Alex Allan, and Elexa Pakozdy also scored for the Comets, while Madaleine Ericsson (2) and Sarah Merx scored for the Rush. In Game 2, the Comets won 4-2, with Kaya Brossard, Justine Johnson, Pasqua, and Pakozdy scoring for the Comets, while Huter Joseph and Pollock scored for the Rush. In Game 3, the Rush were shut out, with Jessie Sanghe and Pakozdy scoring for Greater Vancouver.
Vancouver Island Seals vs. Northern Capitals
Game 1: Vancouver Island 1, Northern 2
Game 2: Vancouver Island 2, Northern 4
Game 3: Vancouver Island 2, Northern 3
The Capitals made the long trip to Vancouver Island, where the Seals were playing their home stand in Victoria rather than the usual Campbell River. The Capitals swept the series. In Game 1, Victoria Johnston and Sage Desjardins scored for the Caps, while Marissa Ryalls scored the lone goal for the Seals. In Game 2, Hunter Mosher netted two (2) goals while Jordna Shanks and Myah Bowal also contributed to the score sheet in a winning effort for the Capitals. Erica Pierce scored both goals for the Seals. In Game 3, Taylor Beck scored two (2) goals and Desjardins added another for Northern, while Brittney Savard and Stephanie Churchill scored for Vancouver Island in the loss.
Kootenay Wild vs. Thompson-Okanagan Lakers
Game 1: Kootenay 2, Thompson-Okanagan 3
Game 2: Kootenay 0, Thompson-Okanagan 2
Game 3: Kootenay 0, Thompson-Okanagan 3
The Lakers continued their winning ways this weekend, winning all three (3) games over the Wild to bring their record this season to 10-3-2. In Game 1, Thompson-Okanagan held on for a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Kayla Waldbillig, Kendall Fitzgerald, and Riley Henderson. Merissa Dawson scored both goals for the Wild. The Lakers then shutout the Wild in the next two (2) games, with Henderson and Christy Blackburne scoring in Game 2, and Jenna Fletcher, Elizabeth Klimm, and Henderson scoring in Game 3.
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams that are spread across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush (Langley), Greater Vancouver Comets (Coquitlam), Kootenay Wild (Nelson), Northern Capitals (Prince George), Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (Vernon), and Vancouver Island Seals (Campbell River). The teams play a 30 game regular season, followed by the playoffs. The FMAAA Champion has the opportunity to compete for the ESSO Cup, Hockey Canada's National Female Midget Championship, which will take place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan from April 19 - 25, 2016.
The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The league has had nearly 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.