The Greater Vancouver Comets and Thompson-Okanagan Lakers were the only FMAAA teams in action this week, as the other four (4) teams got a bye week. The Comets and Lakers proved to be pretty evenly matched, and the teams split the series 1-1-1 and are now neighbours in the standings: Greater Vancouver has 26 points and a 12-3-2 record, while Thompson-Okanagan as 25 points and an 11-3-3 record. Read about the weekend series below.
Thompson-Okanagan Lakers vs. Greater Vancouver Comets
Game 1: Thompson-Okanagan 2, Greater Vancouver 2
Game 2: Thompson-Okanagan 3, Greater Vancouver 2
Game 3: Thompson-Okanagan 2, Greater Vancouver 7
The Lakers and Comets tied things up in Game 1. After two (2) scoreless periods, the teams both found the back of the net in the final frame. Thompson-Okanagan’s Jenna Fletcher opened the scoring with just over 12 minutes to go in the third, and Greater Vancouver’s Mackenzie Brown responded with 6:47 to go. Fletcher scored again to give her team the lead with 3:18 left in the game, but the Comets’ Elexa Pakozdy scored with just 32 seconds to go to tie the game up and give both teams a point in the standings race.
In Game 2, the Comets opened the scoring thanks to a goal from Jessie Sanghe. Fletcher tied it up for Thompson midway through the second, and the Lakers got a one (1) goal lead thanks to a goal from Makenna Fitzgerald with less than three (3) minutes to go in the period. Greater Vancouver tied it up on a goal from Cierra Paisley early in the third, but Thompson-Okanagan was able to reclaim the lead less than a minute later on an Ashley McCabe goal, and held on for the win.
In Game 3, the Comets got a chance to show off their offense, scoring seven (7) goals on the Lakers. Statistics were not available at the time of publishing.
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.