It took a shootout to crown the women’s champion of the Rainier Red’s hockey tournament held in Summerland on the long weekend.
The combined Summerland/Penticton Ice Hawks defeated the Crazy Canucks in dramatic fashion after finding themselves deadlocked 3-3 at the end of regulation.
The Ice Hawks came from behind to even the game with goals from Lori Hopkin, Amélie Pépin and Sarah Holland. In the shootout, goalie Kristi Patton allowed only one goal on four shots, while Hopkin and Pépin scored to secure the win. Rainier Red’s hockey tournament organizers awarded Ice Hawks centre MJ Elson the tournament most valuable player award.
The two teams met earlier in the preliminary round, which also was decided by a shootout. Ice Hawks forward Johnson scored twice and Pépin scored in regulation time with Hopkin and Pépin scoring in the shootout in the 4-3 win. Johnson was awarded the most valuable player of the game award.
In their first game, the Ice Hawks were downed by the Toe Draggers 2-1. Scoring the lone goal was Hopkin, who also earned player of the game honours. In other preliminary action, the Ice Hawks defeated Here 4 Beer 3-2. Elson and Diane Henderson each scored once to tie the game 2-2.
With just 45 seconds left in the third period, Joanne Parker netted the game-winner. Most valuable player honours for the Ice Hawks went to Elson. The Ice Hawks train Saturday nights at Summerland Arena. Women of all ages and abilities, with an interest in learning or improving their game while having fun, are encouraged to join next season.