Hurricane one win away from first place

Campbell River Hurricane bantam girls hockey team are firing on all cylinders

The Bantam Hurricane girls are starting 2013 off on the right foot.

They are currently in second place in the VIAHA female league and the team appears to be peaking at just the right time heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

The Hurricane girls earned a couple more points this past weekend in Victoria at the Archie Browning Arena topping the Victoria Cougars 7-0.

Cassidy Bellavance opened up the scoring in the first period off a beauty pass from Hayley Hunter.

Although the Hurricane dominated in puck possession and had many scoring opportunities in the second period, it wasn’t until the five minute mark when the hard working Francis Speck scored her first goal of the season with the assist going to Vanessa Dunn to put the Hurricane up 2-0.

The Hurricane defensive play of goalie Jadylin Spooner, Alyssa Palmer, Lisa Lloyd, Kylie Scammell, Jessica Grant and Dunn are to be commended as they had to kill several penalties late in the second period and early in the third to hold the Victoria team to a scoreless game.

Killing the penalties gave the Hurricane the confidence they needed to close out the third period and add a few more goals to the tally.

The teams tick tack toe passing was entertaining to the crowd and created excellent scoring opportunities for the Hurricane.

Scammell started the scoring in the third with assists going to Julia Mercer and Rylee Nelson.

Lloyd ripped a slapper past the goalie off a pass back from Speck.

Bellavance finished with four goals, with assists coming from Callie Ann Massie, Carissa Jochimski, Kate Johnson, Palmer and Hunter.

It was truly a full team effort in Victoria which will give the Hurricane the confidence they need heading into this weekend which has the Campbell River squad at home versus the top ranked team in the league – the Peninsula Panthers.

The Hurricane are looking to knock the Panthers out of first place with a win at home.

The game takes place this Saturday at 11:45 a.m. on Rink 2 at Strathcona Gardens.