The Williams Lake Midget Female Timberwolves hoisted the championship cup during the weekend at a six-team tournament in Salmon Arm.
The T-wolves began with a shutout win over a Victoria team that head coach Roy Call said they are familiar with this season.
“[We] had met three times already this season with the T-wolves winning the first game in a round robin matchup at a tournament in Kelowna earlier in the season,” Call said. “The next two meetings went to Victoria. Both of those were tournament finals — one in overtime in Kelowna’s final and the second in a tournament finals in Richmond.”
Call said the game felt like a final with more than 40 minutes in penalties assessed and many great opportunities for both teams.
Williams Lake’s next two games saw victories over Abbotsford and Nanaimo — 3-0 and 5-0, respectively, leaving Williams Lake first after the round robin portion of the tournament on the strength of goaltenders Tamara William and Rachel Cross.
“Neither [of them] surrendered a goal in three games,” Call said.
The semifinal saw a rematch versus Nanaimo Sunday morning where the T-Wolves were again victorious with a 3-0 win.
In the other semifinal Strathcona downed Victoria in a shootout to reach the championship match.
Call said the Timberwolves blitzed Strathcona early, however, the Alberta squad was able to survive Williams Lake’s early efforts to notch the first goal of the game on a power play early in the second period.
The T-wolves, however, were able to regroup during the intermission and a goal from Bronwyn Pocock evened the game early in the third.
Katya Leverman followed up with the eventual winner around the 10-minute mark and the Timberwolves held on for the tournament win.
The team, so far, has competed in five tournaments this season, reaching the finals in each.
The team has one more set of games before the Christmas break and will be on the road against Kamloops Dec. 14-15, returning in 2017 for a home series against Kamloops on Jan. 14-15.