Wildcats victorious at International Women’s Hockey Festival

The newly formed West Central Wildcats bantam female team won their division title at the annual Hayley Wickenheiser International

West Central Wildcats Kayla Rosie and Becca Paterson celebrate a goal at the Hayley Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival last weekend.

Submitted

The newly formed West Central Wildcats bantam female team won their division title at the annual Hayley Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival last weekend in thrilling fashion.

The team, made up of players from Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House and Spruce View, went undefeated through round-robin play, knocking off teams from Alberta and British Columbia before meeting up with Airdrie in the final game.

The team competes in the Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League and currently sits in third place, despite only losing one game. With a break in league play, the Wildcats travelled to Calgary to take in the four-day female hockey event known as Wickfest. The girls defeated Warburg 7-0, Airdrie 3-2 and Burnaby 2-0 and 1-0 to make the Championship game. Despite heavily outshooting Airdrie in the final, the Wildcats found themselves tied 0-0 through 59 minutes. After many anxious moments, a great steal at the offensive blue line with under a minute left provided the girls the break they needed. After a shot and a goal mouth scramble, the Wildcats scored with just 26 seconds left in the game to win the game 1-0. The win was a gritty team effort and should help provide the girls with much needed experience of playing in and winning big games.

Hayley Wickenheiser addressed the team after the big win, expressing how exciting the final few minutes were, and posed for one last picture with the teams. The event featured an opening ceremony, countless on-ice and off-ice training sessions, special guests Meaghan Mikkelson and Natalie Spooner, host Hayley Wickenheiser, and a concert performance from country singing star Dean Brody. Additionally, the team was able to enjoy some downtime when they were picked up for a team joy ride in a limousine.

Great fun and an amazing hockey experience was had by all the girls. The weekend truly is a celebration of female hockey with 80 teams in all divisions and teams travelling from as far as Mexico to compete.

 

 

Just Posted

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

Court full as schools, parents dispute Alberta gay-straight alliance law

Justice Centre argues keeping parents out of the loop violates freedom of religion and expression

Photo: HJ Cody girls soccer team participates in tournament

The soccer team played in the Central Alberta High School Soccer League Year End Tournament

Drafts of the waterfront area presented to the public.

The Town of Sylvan Lake presented drafts of the waterfront area on June 14

Liberals enter by-election race

The Alberta Liberal Party announced Nick Jansen as its candidate in the upcoming election

In reversal, Trump signs executive order to stop family separation

President had been wrongly insisting he had no choice but to separate families apprehended at border

WATCH: Mellisa Hollingsworth highlights Special Olympics Celebrity Breakfast

Olympic Bronze Medalist from Central Alberta shared her journey with a packed house

Humboldt survivors to attend NHL Awards

Players say it’s a blessing to be back together again

Justice minister: marijuana still illegal for now

Driving under the influence of drugs has always been — and will remain — against the law

Crown recommends 150 years for Quebec mosque shooter

Crown lawyers say Alexandre Bissonnette deserves to receive the longest sentence in Canadian history

192 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia

Divers are searching an Indonesian lake after a ferry sank earlier this week

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

A lawyer has documented more than 300 cases of adults who have been separated from a child

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Most Read