Williams Lake Secondary School hockey player Alena Mayer rips a shot past vice-principal Curt Levens last Wednesday during the Willams Lake Secondary Hockey Classic at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Williams Lake Secondary School hockey player Alena Mayer rips a shot past vice-principal Curt Levens last Wednesday during the Willams Lake Secondary Hockey Classic at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Students beat teachers in rubber match

It was the rubber match to end all rubber matches.

It was the rubber match to end all rubber matches. It was also one of the most fun times of the school year for both students and teachers at Williams Lake Secondary School.

The third annual Williams Lake Secondary Hockey Classic, pitting the school’s female hockey players against the teachers, hit the ice at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex last Wednesday afternoon.

And with both the teachers and the students heading into the tilt clutching onto one victory a piece from years past, the stakes were high.

The inaugural year saw the girls march away with a tightly contested 6-5 overtime win. In year two it was the teachers answering back with a 6-5 regulation triumph.

This year, it wasn’t even close. The girls stormed out of the gates providing little chance for any teacher offence throughout, skating to a 5-0 shutout victory.

After one period, with goals from Alena Mayer and Alexa Nelson, the students took a 2-0 lead. In period two Nikky Leah lit the lamp to make it 3-0 before adding another in the third, followed by Mayer’s second, to cap off the scoring.

In goal and earning the shutout for the girls was Columneetza secondary’s Bailey Schick.

Mayer, jestingly taunting the teachers, asked teacher and game organizer Morley Wilson what went wrong for his club.

“We skate faster than them,” she joked, adding it was the most satisfying student win yet. “And we had the puck about 95 per cent of the time.”

Wilson pointed to the inexperience of the teachers as the reason for the loss.

“I played hockey for three years from 1977 to 1980, and then I played a couple years of rec hockey,” he said. “We had a few teachers who have played — Mr. Levens, Mr. Bouchard, Mr. Duff and Mr. Micacchi — and we had some who just learned how to skate. We also had a couple ladies out there in their figure skates.”

Mark Thiessen, School District 27 superintendent, also took part in the game.

Wilson added the game is probably the highlight of the year, as most of the school comes out to watch, and is a great chance for the female hockey players in Williams Lake to play together as a team.

The idea to start the WLSS Hockey Classic came about a few years ago during a conversation with a student, Madison Smith.

“We were just skating at the rink talking during a P.E. class and talking about girls playing hockey,” he said. “We started talking about how we should recognize the girls who play hockey and it turned into this game.”

Smith, who said she hasn’t played house league the past two years, strapped on her skates for the game.

“The highlight for me is getting all the girls together,” she said. “It’s just a lot of fun and a good time.”

Leah, who has played in goal for the girls the past two years, said it was fun to play out this year.

Nelson said the everyone at the school gets involved.

“It’s great because everyone in the school comes out,” Nelson said. “We had coaches on our team who were in Grade 12, an announcing team and refs from our school.”

With another win in the record books the girls will now get to walk past the coveted WLSS Hockey Classic trophy, inscribed with their names, in the hallway for the rest of their high school careers.

“The trophy will have the scores on them and it will go up,” Wilson said.

“So far they’re pretty humble about their crushing win over the teachers.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Kristy Alphonse Palmantier was crowned Williams Lake Stampede Queen in 1981. She has four children (Jody Palmantier, Davee Palmantier, Julie Doerfling and Sky Moses) as well as four grandchildren including Ace, Chance, Xidi and Ryder who was born last month. Alphonse Palmantier lives in Sugar Cane and in her spare time loves to be out on the land and hunt and fish with her partner CraigHilker. (Kristy Palmantier Facebook photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Roots run deep for Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cleary Manning

Spreading positivity through music is one way Cleary Manning tries to make the community better

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

Most Read