Penticton’s female hockey programs enjoyed success while facing strong opposition during their Fire on Ice tournament last weekend.
Shawn Black, director of the female program for Penticton Minor Hockey Association, said all four teams competed well. The peewee Vees went 4-0, winning the championship game 4-2 against the Williams Lake Timber Wolves. The atom Vees went 1-3-0, while the bantam and midget teams went 2-2-0.
“All the girls competed excellent,” said Black. “They battled. We’re extremely happy with the effort of the girls.”
Ian Fotheringham, coach of the peewee Vees, said his players worked hard and tried their best as they played a strong game.
“The effort level and how much they passed the puck,” said Fotheringham, of what impressed him. “The players felt great about their win and they were proud of themselves.”
Leading the Vees to victory was Cedar Carter, who scored twice, Lindsay Fotheringham and Chloe Brydon. The Vees received strong goaltending from Kaylee Docherty. The Vees also defeated Kelowna, the Timber Wolves and Chase in round robin play.
Black, the assistant coach for the bantam Vees, said they faced quality teams from Tri Cities and Kelowna, who defeated them. The Vees defeated Kamloops 5-1 to finish third.
Black said the tournament was great overall and received positive feedback from the visiting coaches. He also thanked their sponsors and parent volunteers, because without them, he said they wouldn’t be able to have the tournament. Next season he sees the tournament having the same number of teams. Games were played in all four Penticton rinks.