Girls in Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association were very busy on the Thanksgiving weekend.
World Girls Hockey Weekend kicked off the festivities with a 90-minute ice session on Friday night. Female players from Initiation to Atom were invited out for fun and skills with coaches Roy Call and Lance MacDonald and several on-ice helpers.
“We are also excited to have current WLMHA female players and female alumni back on the ice supporting our younger females,” said WLMHA female co-ordinator Jen Loewen. “Although 90 minutes was a very long time for players and their little legs, smiles could be seen through their helmet cages.”
On Saturday, Quesnel Minor Hockey hosted a full day free event for the Atom age girls in celebration of World Girls Hockey Weekend.
Brianna and Lance MacDonald took almost 20 girls to Quesnel for a full day of games and skills against Quesnel and Vanderhoof.
“After the first game it was unanimously decided to hang up the association jerseys and mix the girls all together for more balanced teams,” Loewen said. “All the players got along very well and improvement was noted in skills by the end of the day.”
The Williams Lake Peewee Female Timberwolves Rep team and Bantam Female Timberwolves Rep team, meanwhile, headed to the Kelowna Fall Classic for the weekend.
This is the first year that the Peewee Female Timberwolves have played together and while the first few games were tough, the gap in score became less and the team became stronger by the end.
“The Peewee girls are excited to play Prince George on the Oct. 26 weekend in Williams Lake,” Loewen said.
The 2018/19 season marks the second season for the Bantam Female Team.
They faced their strongest competitors from last year and nearly won in game one against Richmond with a 4-3 loss on Friday.
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On Saturday redemption came in game two against North Island with a 6-1 win, however, Lloydminster came out strong in game three and defeated the Timberwolves 9-0.
Game four saw the T-wolves take on Kelowna — another fierce competitor from last season.
The Timberwolves gave Kelowna a tough contest but were defeated 4-2 after a very close game. The team’s fifth game on Monday brought smiles and cheers for the girls with a 7-3 win over Kamloops.
The Bantam Female Timberwolves said they are excited to host their first home tournament on Oct. 26 weekend.
“This season we were disappointed with not icing a Midget Female Rep Team or all female [midget] house team. It is our goal to improve female numbers at the younger divisions to better prepare for female teams in the future,” Loewen added.