Clearwater Peewee Hawk Girls took on five of the best hockey teams in B.C. when they hosted the provincial championships Mar. 20 – 23. They didn’t win any games but they scored a few goals and all of the their opponents viewed them as serious competitors.
The Hawks’ first game, and the first game of the tournament, was against the North Shore Avalanche – the eventual Peewee Female B.C. champions.
The lopsided score of 10 – 1 for the Avalanche didn’t accurately reflect the level of play. Both teams played 60 minutes of hockey, said event organizers. Caily Mellott scored for Clearwater, with an assist from Megan Gunn.
Later on Sunday Clearwater faced off against Kamloops. Organizers again report a very exciting and well-matched game. Both goalies, Allison Borrow of Clearwater and Sydney Carter of Kamloops, played exceptionally well. Clearwater led thru 2 1/2 periods on a goal by Lilly McLellan scored in the first period on an assist from Megan Gunn. Kamloops tied the game in the third and then with 39 seconds to go scored the go-ahead goal. Clearwater pulled its goalie and Kamloops scored into the empty net with 10 seconds left. Final score was 3 – 1 for Kamloops.
Clearwater goalie Allison Borrow was outstanding in the game against Victoria on Monday. She was peppered with shots and stood on her head to keep her team in the game. The first goal was scored by Victoria in the first period at 8:18 and the 1 – 0 score remained until the third period when Victoria scored again at 15:38, 11:29 and 3:48. Clearwater never gave up and had several good chances but couldn’t get it by the Victoria goalie. When the ice chips settled it was 4 – 0 for Victoria.
On Tuesday the Clearwater team held Surrey to a two-goal game by playing a very tight strategy. The first period was scoreless. Clearwater’s goalie, Allison Borrow had another incredible game in net, turning away shot after shot. Her teammates worked hard, never gave up and had several scoring chances but couldn’t beat the Surrey goalie. Surrey netted the puck at 17:05 of the second period and at 10:19 of the third. Final score was 2 – 0 for Surrey.
The last game of the round robin on Wednesday featured the host team Clearwater Hawks and the West Kootenay Wildcats. The two teams were evenly matched and in the first period the action went from one end to the other with one goal for each team. Scoring for Clearwater was Ashlyn Sunderman from Lily McClellan at 4:55. West Kootenay scored again in the second period at 13:52 and added one more at 17:24 of the third.
In the championship final on Wednesday evening North Shore Avalanche faced off against Surrey Falcons. The two teams had met each other that morning in the round robin and had ended up in a 2 – 2 tie.
In the championship game the North Shore team came out flying and dominated the first period of play, scoring three goals. The Avalanche carried on into the second period with goals at 18:55 and at 17:46. Surrey got on the board at 13:17 but North Shore scored again at 10:45. Surrey added another at 5:50 and then scored first in the third period at 14:02. North Shore scored at 13:30 and again at 10:31. With a final score of 8 – 3, North Shore dominated the game but Surrey gave it a valiant effort. The Surrey players displayed great sportsmanship, local organizers report.