The Lakers and Seals traveled to play their semifinal series, with the Comets and Capitals eventually coming out on top. Catch up on the past weekend of playoff action with our FMAAA recap.
#1 Greater Vancouver Comets vs. #4 Vancouver Island Seals
Game 1: Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver Island 0
Game 2: Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver Island 1
The Comets dispatched the Seals in two (2) games thanks to solid goaltending from Brooke Vial and some offensive pluck.
In Game 1, Vancouver Island’s Jaydlin Spooner stopped 38 shots, but it wasn’t enough as the Comets were able to slip three (3) goals through the crease to get the 3-0 win thanks to the efforts of Danika Pasqua, Kaya Brossard, and Elexa Pakozdy.
In Game 2, Spooner turned away 27 shots the Comets were able to score another three (3) goals, with Pasqua, Justine Johnson, and Mya Taylor finding the back of the net. Erica Pierce scored the lone goal for the Seals in the season-ending loss.
#2 Northern Capitals vs. #3 Thompson-Okanagan Lakers
Game 1: Northern 2, Thompson-Okanagan 3
Game 2: Northern 3, Thompson-Okanagan 2
Game 3: Northern 3, Thompson-Okanagan 2
In Prince George, the Lakers gave the Cougars a run for their money, forcing the series to three (3) games. Each of the games ended with a 3-2 score, and the decisive Game 3 was sent to overtime.
In Game 1, the Lakers got the upset after Kendra Woodland turned away multiple scoring opportunities from the Capitals. Laine Grace opened the scoring with 3:25 to go in the first period, but the Capitals’ Kenna Lloyd quickly got the equalizer. After a scoreless second period, Thompson-Okanagan’s Samantha Head found the back of the net to give her team the lead. Northern’s Sydney Jordan scored four (4) minutes later, sending the game into overtime. The Lakers scored first to nab the upset win, with Head getting her second goal of the night.
In Game 2, Northern got the early lead thanks to a goal from Sage Desjardins. Myah Bowal and Caily Mellott added to the lead in the third period, giving the Capitals a 3-0 advantage with 11 minutes to go in the game. The Lakers refused to go down easily, with Ashley McCabe scoring two (2) goals in the last 6:45 of the game to give the Capitals a scare. The Lakers ran out of time as the Capitals took the 3-2 win.
In Game 3, the Capitals had a 2-0 lead at the end of the second period on goals from Desjardins and Marissa Nichol, but, once again, the Lakers proved to be difficult to shut down. McCabe came in clutch again, scoring with 7:27 to go to spark a comeback effort. Lakers captain Christy Blackburne scored with just 1:12 to go to send the game into a sudden-death overtime, with the winner moving on to the semifinals. Northern’s Hunter Mosher got the series-clinching goal on the penalty kill, scored 4:58 into the extra period.
The Comets and Capitals will move on to the FMAAA Championship series, taking place March 18 – 20, 2016 in Coquitlam. 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 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.