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

Team Canada dancer returns to Red Deer laden with medals

Red Deer dancer wins three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit recognized for human rights advocacy

She was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential human rights advocates

Mentoring program celebrates successful year

FCSS Mentoring Program took the kids bowling Dec. 13

Local author releases brand new international thriller

Retired teacher Larry Stewart hosting a book launch this

Christmas Bureau thankful of community support, generosity

The Christmas Bureau has been helping families in Sylvan Lake for more than 20 years

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Most Read