Ice Dragons win Superheart female tournament

The atom Ice Dragons struck for gold in female hockey tournament.

Amy Polvere of the Penticton novice Ice Dragons looks to fire a shot on net with teammate Maddy Seddon watching. The Ice Dragons were one of three Penticton teams that played in the Surrey Superheart tournament. The games were four-on-four and played using half the ice. Submitted photo

The Penticton atom female Ice Dragons struck gold in Surrey.

Jaida Powell, A.J. Seddon and Makayla Kenney scored to lead the Ice Dragons to a 3-1 win over Western Washington in the Superheart tournament. They cruised past Western Washington 8-0 in their previous meeting.

“We played well all weekend,” said Ice Dragons coach Jason Seddon. “A lot of hard work and good positioning. They were relentless in their pursuit of the puck.”

The Ice Dragons also played Langley, Richmond and Surrey, winning their matches by wide margins.

“The determination was terrific,” said Seddon, who was also impressed by their sportsmanship.

Seddon encourages the players to be low key in high-scoring games, adding there is no need to get over excited with their celebrations once the game is out of reach. The three things he focuses on with the players is working hard, having fun and being good teammates.

The atom Ice Dragons were one of three Penticton teams (novice and peewee) to attend. The atom team received strong goaltending from Shayla McCurdy. The novice Ice Dragons played Surrey and the Northshore Winter Club and enjoyed playing 4-on-4 on half the ice surface.

Barb Main, female director for Penticton Minor Hockey Association, said it was a great tournament for the teams to play in.

“There lots of teams and a good vibe,” said Main.

In the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association standings, the midget rep team finished third with seven wins and eight losses. The midget rec team finished third at 9-3-2, the peewee rec team was also third at 9-4-3. The atom rec team 1 was 4-8-0, while team 2 was 1-10-1.

In playoff action, the peewee Tier 2 Vees won their best-of-three series over Kamloops in there. They lost the first game 6-2 at Memorial Arena. In Kamloops, the Vees won 6-1 and clinched the series at home 3-2. They will now play Greater Vernon starting on the road.