The Williams Lake HoneyJacks team of Linda Haig-Brown (back left)

The Williams Lake HoneyJacks team of Linda Haig-Brown (back left)

HoneyJacks skate to sweet success at 100 Mile House tourney

The Williams Lake HoneyJacks women’s hockey team styled their way to a second-place finish last weekend in 100 Mile House.

The Williams Lake HoneyJacks women’s hockey team styled their way to a second-place finish last weekend at a female hockey tournament in 100 Mile House.

Five teams made up the tournament draw including Williams Lake, Quesnel, 100 Mile House, Canim Lake and Prince George, who each played one round-robin game Friday and Saturday, before playoff matchups rounded out Sunday’s events.

The HoneyJacks opened their tournament with a 3-1 win Friday over 100 Mile House, before beating Canim Lake 5-2 Saturday morning to finish a perfect 2-0 following round-robin play.

They would, however, finish seeded second heading into playoffs behind Prince George, due to being behind in goals for, pitting them against Canim Lake once more in the semifinal.

There, Williams Lake marched away with another victory over Canim Lake — this time 5-3 — to setup a final with the so-far unbeaten Prince George squad.

Lisa Hutchinson, goaltender for the HoneyJacks, said with just an hour-and-a-half between games the team came out flat, allowing Prince George to secure the victory.

“We had a great time with some good, close games all around,” Hutchinson said, adding many of the team’s players also play in the women’s three-on-three league at Total Ice Training Centre in Williams Lake.

“About half the ladies have only been playing hockey for a few years,” she said. “I’ve only been a goalie for a year and a half. Most of us have kids who play hockey so we spend every weekend at the rink for games or practices during the week, and travel to their tournaments, so it is nice for hockey to be ours once in a while and let the kids support and cheer for us.”

Coming up, the HoneyJacks plan to attend a tournament in Quesnel from March 28-30.

In April Total Ice’s three-on-three league will also wrap up with a tournament.

Hutchinson said Friday nights at Total Ice is drop-in night for any ladies who would like to try out hockey, or haven’t played for a while and want to get back into the sport.

The drop-in sessions run from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with drills and skills, then splits up into two teams for a scrimmage following.

The Williams Lake HoneyJacks lineup for the 100 Mile House tournament was: Shelley Rispin, Lisa Hutchinson, Catrina Ertel, Carolyn Walsh, Jen French, Tanja Armstrong-Whitworth, Lindsey Shewchuk, Trudy Bailey, Kayla Lucas, Crystal Innes, Fallon Overton, Peggy Pukacz and Linda Haig-Brown.