Monday, December 21, 2015
The six (6) FMAAA teams played the final league weekend of 2015, and the Greater Vancouver Comets (15-4-2, 32 points) remain at the top of the standings thanks to two (2) wins over the second-place Northern Capitals (14-5-2, 30 points). Catch up on all the FMAAA action with our weekend recap.
Kootenay Wild vs. Vancouver Island Seals
Kootenay 1, Vancouver Island 5
Kootenay 0, Vancouver Island 3
Kootenay 2, Vancouver Island 1
The Seals made the long trip to the Kootenays on the last weekend of league play of 2015, and came away with two (2) wins. In Game 1, Drue Julien, Veda Smith, Taylor Sims, Erica Pierce, and Brittney Savard scored for Vancouver Island, while Emma Wheeldon scored Kootenay’s only goal. In Game 2, Jaydlin Spooner got the shutout win, while Reese McCrory, Payton Bray, and Lexxi Smith scored. In Game 2, Kootenay struck back, holding onto a two (2) goal lead despite the Seals’ Adelle Clark attempting to spark a comeback early in the third period. Tiana Ewasiuk and Jessica Owen scored for the Wild to get the 2-1 win.
Greater Vancouver Comets vs. Northern Capitals
Greater Vancouver 4, Northern 0
Greater Vancouver 1, Northern 3
Greater Vancouver 5, Northern 2
There was a 1st place vs. 2nd place clash in Coquitlam over the weekend, with both teams looking to steal some points and head into the holiday break with some momentum. In Game 1, the Comets claimed a 4-0 win thanks to a Brooke Vial shutout. Elexa Pakozdy got a hat trick and Mya Taylor also chipped in a goal to make it 4-0 for Greater Vancouver. The Capitals responded in Game 2, with Jordan Shanks, Marissa Nichol, and Mckenzie Muir scoring in the win. Cierra Paisley got the only goal for Greater Vancouver. In Game 2, the Capitals had a 2-0 lead through two (2) periods thanks to goals from Taylor Beck and Victoria Byer. The Comets came together in the third period, rallying for five (5) unanswered goals from Pakozdy (2), Jena Velji, Danika Pasqua, and Tiffany Chiu to claim to 5-2 win.
Fraser Valley Rush vs. Thompson-Okanagan Lakers
Vancouver Island 3, Fraser Valley 1
Vancouver Island 0, Fraser Valley 4
Vancouver Island 2, Fraser Valley 0
The Rush skated to a 3-0 win in Game 1 thanks to a shutout from Danielle Wierenga and goals from Amanda Pollock, Alexis Kahlert, and Karolina Lavrikova. In Game 2, the Lakers responded with three (3) goals of their own from Julianna Nelson, Elizabeth Klimm, and Jenna Fletcher to get a 3-2 win (Madaleine Ericsson and Taygen Rosner scored for Fraser Valley). Game 3 ended in a 2-2 tie after goals from Fletcher and Klimm (Thompson-Okanagan) and Michaela Read and Rosner (Fraser Valley).
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.