Featured Hockey player this week #10 Evan Colborne defends against Merritt during Saturday’s game. (Photo by K.A.Pendergast)

Featured Hockey player this week #10 Evan Colborne defends against Merritt during Saturday’s game. (Photo by K.A.Pendergast)

Clearwater hockey teams successful in last games of Hockey Days

By K.A.Pendergast

The final Hockey Days and WinterFest concluded this past weekend with a variety of activities about town with skiing at both the Clearwater Ski Hill that was finally able to open after warm temperatures on Sunday, and the Candle Creek trails with Broads on Boards – a program to teach some skills to female Cross-Country skiers.

The North Thompson Sportsplex was busy as usual with a number of scheduled games, family skating and practices. Friday night featured some ice time with family skating sponsored by Wadlegger Logging, where kids were allowed to skate with the Clearwater Midget Rep team and wear a jersey. Free hotdogs and hot chocolate rounded out the fun.

Saturday morning saw the pre-novice group start off with a practice and then the novice group as well. Following that was a game between the Clearwater Atom Icehawks versus a team from Merritt. The game had a huge crowd and both sides got into the cheering action for their teams. Although not victorious with a 10-6 final, Clearwater gave a great show of skills and teamwork.

The featured player this weekend is Evan Colborne, wearing #10 for the Clearwater Atom Icehawks. She has played for seven years now and enjoys playing with her friends. She plays defence, is an extremely hard worker and loves being competitive out there.

Next in the game line-up was Bantam Icehawks against Lillooet, playing games on Saturday and Sunday to take both with 5-0 and 3-1 victories.

The Clearwater Midget Rep Icehawks finished up Saturday’s line-up and started Sunday’s with games against Penticton, coming out victorious in both of those with a 9-1 and 2-1 victory.

Sunday also saw the Clearwater Atoms take on West Kelowna. After one period, the score was already 2-0 for the home- town crowd to the delight of local fans. The team showed some great hard-working cooperation out on the ice.

The final groups on the ice saw more skating sponsored again by Wadlegger Logging and this time it was storybook costumed skating followed by board games and card games to go with the Literacy Week activities around town this coming week. Next finishing off the weekend was ladies drop-in hockey and finally adult drop-in hockey.