Williams Lake teen nets silver medal at ACHA National Championship in U.S.

“I love it out here, and I’m having so much fun,” she said.

In her first season with the Illinois-based Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx, Williams Lake’s Hallie Fisher is a American Collegiate Hockey Association silver medalist.

The 19-year-old forward, who made the big decision to leave her family in Williams Lake and head east to Ontario to pursue her dream of playing hockey at the age of 15, said her freshman season with the ACHA division one Lady Lynx was nothing short of remarkable.

Lindenwood University-Belleville fell just shy of a national championship, hosted in Frisco, Texas, falling 5-2 in the final March 31 to Liberty University. At the ACHA National Championships, close to 1,500 players from 72 teams across all five ACHA divisions converged to compete March 21-31 in both men’s divisions one to three and women’s divisions one and two.

READ MORE: Fisher inks with U.S. Lindenwood University Lady Lynx

“It was just a really good season,” Fisher said. “We were hoping to win, so we were kind of bummed out, but this is the furthest this team has ever gone at nationals, so we made history.”

“I’m loving it here, the girls are amazing, and we’re like a big family. It’s just insane.”

Fisher was one of 12 freshmen on the club — over half the team’s roster.

“I’m having so much fun.”

The team played a 27-game regular season, where weekly rankings were issued by the ACHA in order to seed teams for nationals.

In round one the Lady Lynx were pitted against Grand Valley State University in a best-of-three series beginning March 27.

The Lynx lost game one 4-3, then rebounded with a 10-2 drubbing of Grand Valley, before winning the do-or-die game three 3-2 in overtime.

“The first game we weren’t mentally there,” Fisher said. “That game set us back, but we came back mentally, physically prepared and came out and did our job and in the third game we could just not bury the puck no matter what we did, but our captain came through and scored in overtime.”

In the semifinal Fisher and her teammates beat Adrian College 4-2, before the championship versus Liberty University.

Off the ice, Fisher is pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Of playing in a national championship, Fisher said it was an amazing experience.

“It was 24C out when we arrived [in Texas], and super nice,” she said. “Everyone at the tournament was super welcoming, and the community was great, and the rink was amazing. Overall, a really great experience.”

READ MORE: Fisher settling in with new team

After moving from Williams Lake Fisher played for the Timmins Falcons Midget ‘A’ team in Ontario, before joining the Ontario Hockey Academy U19 Juniors where, in her final season, she recorded 20 goals and 30 assists in 80 games — also leading the team to a silver medal in the Eastern Women’s Hockey Conference while earning a 4.0 GPA.

Asked about the recent decision to shutdown the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Fisher said it’s unfortunate news.

“Women’s hockey isn’t as big as men’s hockey, so it’s a bummer, but the National Women’s Hockey League has now announced they’ll have two new teams in Canada so that’s awesome. There’s always an upside to everything.

“Maybe after I’m done my degree and if the opportunity came up [to play in the NWHL] I’d jump at it.”



sports@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Explore colour with the Cariboo Art Society through Abstracted Colour at Station House

This month in the Station House get to know the artists of the Cariboo Art Society

Students, staff safe after brief lockdown at Nesika Elementary School

Parent custody issue prompts response, normal activity resumed at school

New housing on First Avenue scheduled for occupancy Dec. 1

Of the 38 units, only eight will be subsidized, the other 31 will be market rentals

Youth archers set Canadian, provincial records prior to lakecity provincials this weekend

Four young Cariboo Archers travelled north for some outdoor target competitions.

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

B.C. high school withdraws notices for temporary dress code

Parents previously told the Interior News they felt there was inadequate consultation over the rules

Most Read