The Lakers, Wild, Seals, and Rush played their quarterfinal series over the weekend, with the Lakers and Seals emerging to face the Comets and Capitals in the semifinals. Catch up on the past weekend of playoff action and look forward to the semifinals with our FMAAA recap.
#3 Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (15-9-6) vs. #6 Kootenay Wild (3-26-1)
Game 1: Thompson-Okanagan 1, Kootenay 0
Game 2: Thompson-Okanagan 3, Kootenay 0
The Lakers and Wild battled it out in Vernon, and Game 1 was a close one, going into overtime. After three (3) periods of back-and-forth action, Thompson-Okanagan’s Kayla Waldbillig scored two (2) minutes into the extra frame to get the 1-0 win for her team. In Game 2, Samantha Head opened the scoring for the Lakers with 4:21 to go in the first period, and the Lakers refused to step off the gas, scoring two (2) third period goals (Riley Henderson, Jenna Fletcher) to seal the series victory.
#4 Vancouver Island Seals (12-16-2) vs. #5 Fraser Valley Rush (7-20-3)
Game 1: Vancouver Island 2, Fraser Valley 1
Game 2: Vancouver Island 0, Fraser Valley 1
Game 3: Vancouver Island 1, Fraser Valley 0
The series between the Seals and Rush proved to be an exciting one, with all three (3) games decided by one (1) goal. In Game 1, the Seals opened the series with a win thanks to goals from Jodie Coward and Erica Pierce. Hunter Joseph scored the lone goal for the Rush. In Game 2, the teams were tied 0-0 after 60 minutes, with the Rush fighting to keep their season alive. The game went into double overtime tied at 0, and Fraser Valley’s Michaela Read scored to get her team the 1-0 win and keep their playoff hopes alive. In Game 3, the teams got off to a slow start thanks to playing nearly five (5) periods of hockey the evening before, but the Seals’ Lexxi Smith scored off a gritty assist from Brittney Savard to get the 1-0 lead. The Seals then held the lead for the remaining two (2) periods to claim the series win.
#1 Greater Vancouver Comets (23-4-3) vs. #4 Vancouver Island Seals
Game 1: March 4, 8:00PM, Planet Ice Coquitlam
Game 2: March 5, 2:45PM, Planet Ice Coquitlam
Game 3: March 6, 9:00AM, Richmond Olympic Oval*
The Comets stood at the top of the standings for most of the season, cruising to a 23-4-3 record thanks to a dynamic offense. Elexa Pakozdy led the league with a total of 42 points (23G, 19A) in 30 games, while Cierra Paisley (14G, 10A), Danika Pasqua (11G, 6A), and Jessie Sanghe (7G, 10A) also contributed to the attack. On the blue line, Justine Johnson was second in league scoring among defenseman, tallying 16 points (6G, 10A). Alex Allan (5G, 9A) and Mackenzie Brown (4G, 10A) were also solid on both sides of the puck. In net, Brooke Vial and McKenna Unger helped the Comets have a league-low 40 goals against.
#2 Northern Capitals (21-6-3) vs. #3 Thompson-Okanagan Lakers
Game 1: March 4, 6:15PM, Prince George Coliseum
Game 2: March 5, 3:15PM, Kin 2
Game 3: March 6, 11:30AM, Kin 2*
The Capitals were neck-and-neck with the Comets for much of the season, eventually finishing with a 21-6-3 record in league play. After winning the prestigious Mac’s Tournament over the holiday break, the Capitals played well despite frequent bye weeks. The Capitals scored a total of 72 goals against their FMAAA opponents, led by Sage Desjardins (17G, 19A), Marissa Nichol (8G, 18A) Myah Bowal (7G, 8A), and Hunter Mosher (8G, 6A). On defense, Victoria Byer tallied 12 points (5G, 7A) while Sydney Jordan, Victoria Johnson, Grace Barlow, Kenna Lloyd, and Casey Norris also proved to be a solid defense corps. Kelsey Roberts and Tamara William split the season in net, with Roberts garnering a 0.93 goals against average (GAA) and William recording a 0.84GAA.
The FMAAA Championship series will take place March 18 – 20, 2016. The FMAAA champion will take on the champion of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League (AMMFHL) from April 1 – 3, 2016 in the Pacific Midget Female Regionals for the right to represent the Pacific region at the 2016 ESSO Cup.
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.