All six (6) FMAAA teams were in action following the holiday break with the league’s Winter Showcase Weekend at Planet Ice in Delta. Catch up on all the scores with our weekly recap.
Thompson-Okanagan Lakers vs. Northern Capitals
Thompson-Okanagan 3, Northern 1
Thompson-Okanagan 3, Northern 3
Thompson-Okanagan 1, Northern 0
The Lakers had a successful weekend that saw them get two (2) wins and a tie over the Northern Capitals, who they are tied with for second place in the league standings. In Game 1, Jenna Fletcher found the back of the net to give her team a 1-0 lead the would stretch to the third period. Sydney Neustaeter extended the Lakers’ lead with a goal midway through the third, while the Seals’ Danielle Corrigan attempted to spark a comeback with a goal with five (5) minutes to go in the third. Mairyn Tucker sealed up the game for the Lakers with a power play goal with just five (5) seconds remaining. The teams skated to a 3-3 tie in Game 2 after goals from Laine Grace, Chanreet Bassi, and Tucker (Lakers) and Wynona Creyke, Jordan Shanks, and Caily Mellott (Capitals). In Game 3, Thompson-Okanagan eked out a 1-0 win thanks to a first period goal from Grace and a shutout from Ashlynn Neurauter.
Greater Vancouver Comets vs. Vancouver Island Seals
Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver Island 1
Greater Vancouver 4, Vancouver Island 0
Greater Vancouver 3, Vancouver Island 0
The Comets continued their undefeated season with three (3) wins over the Seals. In Game 1, the Seals held the Comets scoreless in Game 1 before Rebecca Clarke and Darci Johal found the back of the net to give their team a 2-0 lead in the second period. The Seals’ Katie Ferguson responded late in the second to make it 2-1, but that’s as close as it would get as Hannah Green scored an insurance marker late in the third period. In Game 2 the teams were in a scoreless deadlock until midway through the third period, when the Comets’ offense came alive. Emma Hall opened the scoring with 8:55 to go, and that opened the floodgates as Clarke, Michaela Read, and Madisyn Wiebe all found the back of the net to get the 4-0 win. Game 3 was a similar story, with the Seals holding the Comets scoreless through two (2) periods before Nicole Wong stopped the scoring drought just one (1) minute into the final period. Madaleine Ericsson and Jenn Gardiner also followed up with goals to nab the Comets a 3-0 win.
Fraser Valley Rush vs. Kootenay Wild
Kootenay 4, Fraser Valley 3
Kootenay 5, Fraser Valley 2
Fraser Valley 4, Kootenay 1
The series between the Rush and Wild proved to be a close one, with Kootenay earning two (2) wins over the weekend. In Game 1, the Wild opened the scoring with two (2) first period goals (Emma Wheeldon, Reece Hunt) before Fraser Valley’s Cassidy Wait responded midway through the second period to make it a 2-1 game. Hunt scored late in the second frame to restore a two (2) goal lead for the Wild, but Fraser Valley put up a fight in the third, with Janey Wilson and Wait scoring. Kelsey Patterson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Kootenay at the 7:31 mark of the third frame. Kootenay carried that momentum into Game 2, with Kelsey Patterson scoring four (4) goals in the win and Wheeldon chipping in another. Lauren Van Martin and Halle Berwick scored for the Rush in the loss. The Rush responded in Game 3, getting a win over the Wild thanks to a strong third period. Tied 1-1 going into the third after goals from Jamie Grinder (Rush) and Lydia MacLellan (Wild), Katie Chan (2) and Wait powered the Rush to a win with three (3) unanswered goals in the third period.
The FMAAA 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 over 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.