Thursday, November 08, 2007
Female U18 Team BC has a loss and a tie through the first two games at the National Women’s U18 Championships in Kitchener Ontario.
Thursday’s game at 10am EST against Atlantic was a well fought battle by both coastal teams. Team BC came out of the gates flying by out chancing and out shooting their opponent in the first, but remained a scoreless draw going into the second. Team Atlantic had a jump in their step in the second, but thanks to brilliant goaltending by BC’s Stephanie Ney it remained 0-0 going into the third. As the shots surpassed 30 for both sides it became a goaltenders duel. With just over five minutes remaining in regulation BC got a bounce that resulted in a goal for Kaitlin Imai. Atlantic was able to battle back by getting one past what seemed to be an unbeatable Ney on a deflected shot. The remaining few minutes ticked off the clock without scoring from either side, so overtime loomed with Team BC’s chances of advancing in the balance. Overtime would solve nothing as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.
After the game coach Greg Hermiston stated, “That was a much improved performance in just about every area. BC controlled the puck and the game.” The frustration of the coaching staff was apparent as they felt they played better then the score dictated.”
Team BC player of the game award went to Elana Lovell for her hard work and ability to see the ice and setup her teammates.
On Wednesday Team BC faced a very strong and exceptionally fast Quebec Team. Quebec had 12 returning players from the Whitehorse Canada winter games and proved to be the better team beating BC 6-2. BC’s first goal came from a point shot on the Power Play by Haleigh Fratkin on a nice feed from Lovell. Alisa Baumgartner would add another with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the game. After the game BC Hockey President Al Berg commented, “Scoring a goal with 0.5 seconds remaining shows us the type of team they are, they worked hard and never quit all game.”
Team BC player of the game award went to Rosanne Wallace who made 40 saves in the contest. Team BC will face Ontario – Blue tomorrow at 1pm EST to wrap up round robin play. They will need a win and an Atlantic loss for a chance to advance to the semi finals on Saturday.
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