Friday, February 29, 2008
BC Hockey senior female teams finished first and second at the annual Challenge Cup Senior Female Tournament in Kamloops last weekend (Feb. 22-24).
The Vancouver-based Killarney Knights (shown in picture) won the five-team round robin tournament, blanking the host Kamloops Vibe 3-0 in the championship game. Bronze medalists in the Senior A division of the Western Shield in Regina in 2006, the Knights won all four of their round robin games. The Vibe, winners of the gold medal in the Senior B division at the 2007 Western Shield in Surrey, had a record of 3-1 in round robin play.
In the championship game, Diane Sampogna of the Knights netted two goals with Kyla Gillespie adding a single. Katie Hodge assisted on two of the goals and goaltender Katie Clubb earned the shutout.
The Kamloops Vibe lost the opening game of the tournament Friday night, falling 2-1 to Killarney before reeling off three straight wins to qualify for the final. Kamloops defeated the Calgary Coyotes 3-2 Sunday morning in their final round robin game to clinch a berth in the championship game. The two teams entered the contest with two wins and one loss each.
The Coyotes, currently the first place team in the Southern Alberta Women's Hockey Association, placed third in the event. Also participating in the Challenge Cup was Grande Prairie of the Peace Country Female Hockey League and the Edmonton ESP Velocity, members of the Northern Alberta Female Hockey Association and gold medalists in the Senior A pool of the 2007 Western Shield.
BC Hockey would like to congratulate the Killarney Knights and the Kamloops Vibe on their outstanding achievements this past weekend!
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