Four (4) of the six (6) FMAAA teams played their final weekend of regular season league games this weekend, as the Greater Vancouver Comets completed the season in first place in the standings with a 23-4-3 record and 49 points. Catch up on all the action with our FMAAA recap.
Greater Vancouver Comets vs. Fraser Valley Rush
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 4, Fraser Valley 0
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 1, Fraser Valley 1
Game 3: Greater Vancouver 3, Fraser Valley 1
Greater Vancouver managed a 2-0-1 record against the Rush this weekend, capping off a strong season that saw them achieve 23 wins and just four (4) losses and three (3) ties. In Game 1, Brooke Vial posted the shutout and Camryn Wong, Danika Pasqua, Jessie Sanghe, and Mya Taylor scored to win the game 4-0. In Game 2, the teams skated to a 1-1 tie after being deadlocked at 0 for most of the game. Greater Vancouver’s Rielle Wiebe broke the scoreless drought with 15:32 to go in the third, but Fraser Valley’s Amanda Pollock scored in the last minute of the game to get her team a point in the standings race. In Game 3, Elexa Pakozdy found the back of the goal twice and Cierra Paisley also scored to get the 3-1 win. Katelin Korman scored the lone goal for the Rush.
Thompson-Okanagan Lakers vs. Kootenay Wild
Game 1: Thompson-Okanagan 4, Kootenay 0
Game 2: Thompson-Okanagan 2, Kootenay 1
Game 3: Thompson Okanagan 3, Kootenay 0
The Wild and Lakers faced off in Vernon over the weekend. In Game 1, the Lakers got a chance to show off a bit of their offense, with Brenna Hannon, Julianne Nelson, Elizabeth Klimm, and Jenna Fletcher scoring in the win. Sydney Carter earned the shutout in net. In Game 2, Kootenay held a 1-0 lead going into the third period thanks to a goal from Emma Wheeldon, but the Lakers responded in the third with goals from Riley Henderson and Gillian Moore to get the 2-1 win. In Game 3, Carter posted the shutout for the Lakers, while Chanreet Bassi, Christy Blackburne, and Anna Morrish scored in the 3-0 win.
In non-league play, the Vancouver Island Seals competed in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) Challenge Cup in Washington, DC, where they won the silver medal. The Seals beat USAH Club of Michigan, Thunder Bay, and North American Hockey Academy to reach the finals, where they lost 2-1 to Manitoba’s St. Mary’s Academy.
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.