Two Williams Lake girls teams played their way to medals during the weekend at the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association’s Atom/Peewee Female Tournament.
Made up of all atom girls house players and one peewee girl player each, Williams Lake Green battled to a silver, while Williams Lake Orange nabbed the bronze medal in a shootout thriller, 5-4, on Sunday.
In the bronze medal game it was Williams Lake Orange’s Maia Prest and Chelyne Carson scoring back-to-back in the shootout, while goaltender Hannah Erlandson shut the door at the other end — much to the hometown fans’ delight in the seats — as they upended the 100 Mile Royals.
In the gold medal match-up, Williams Lake Green fell just shy of reaching the gold medal in a 5-2 loss to the Prince George Alison’s Embroidery ‘Gator Girls.’
Close throughout the contest, the Gator Girls added an empty net goal with time winding down in the 5-2 win.
Tournament organizer Amber Camille said it was a great tournament, and thanked all the parents and volunteers for helping everything run smoothly throughout the weekend.
“There were 22 players on the two girls’ teams from Williams Lake,” Camille said.
“We split our normal [house] team into two teams for the tournament, and I think they really enjoy it because a lot of times, even the Prince George teams, they only get the chance to play against other boys teams. It was just fun for everybody.”
In the WLMHA, the atom girls team competes against five other atom boys teams, so the change of pace playing against other girls teams made for a fun weekend, she said.
“I think everyone was really happy,” Camille said. “The games were all close, and for our teams to come silver and bronze — it was awesome.”