The Penticton Ice Dragons atom and midget Vees won gold at the annual Fire on Ice female hockey tournament they hosted last weekend.
The atom team went undefeated through the preliminary games defeating the Kamloops Icebreakers 7-2, the Kamloops Herricanes 6-5 and the Surrey Falcons 8-6. In the finals, Charlize Ruck netted a hat trick for the Ice Dragons and Kate Pinsonneault added a single enroute to a 4-2 win over the Falcons.
“All the girls played good and had a lot of fun. They had smiles on their faces all weekend and everyone rotated around to play all the positions,” said coach Chad Kupczyk.
The midget Vees also went undefeated in the preliminary round. They kicked off the tournament with a commanding 11-0 win over the Surrey Falcons Faith Marcotte and Izzy Landry. The Vees then beat the Salmon Arm Silvertips 5-1 and the Abbotsford Ice 5-4.
The Vees Adrienne Beresford scored all three goals to clinch the gold medal in a 3-1 win over the Silvertips in the final.
The Penticton peewee Thunder struggled through the preliminary round losing to the Surrey Falcons 6-1, Meadow Ridge Barracudas 6-1 and Langley Lightening 4-1. However, they bounced back to capture third place defeating the Falcons 4-3. Goal scorers for the Thunder were Karoleena Goodjohn with two and Christa Michel-Louie and Kayla Lancaster adding singles.