Silver medal ending

Campbell River bantam Hurricanes girls squad makes it tournament final in Richmond

After finishing second on Vancouver Island to the Peninsula Panthers in league playoffs, the bantam Hurricanes female team headed over to the Richmond Ice Classic Tournament to wrap up the season.

The team had a tough schedule with several early morning draws, some challenging games and the girls came out with a winning spirit for each and every game.

The first game Friday had them playing Juan de Fuca. The game started off a bit slow, but with the hard work of Kylie Scammell, who scored a hat trick, the team came alive in the second and third periods.

Hayley Hunter, Lisa Lloyd and Julia Mercer added single goals for 6-1 win. Lloyd was named the MVP for the game for her tough defensive play and for creatingscoring opportunities.

On Saturday morning the team played a peewee AAA team from Richmond which was playing in the Bantam C as there was no division for them in the tournament.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring in the first with a hard slap shot from Hunter but that would be all the Campbell River team could produce. The team got into penalty trouble in the second and third period against the very physical but smaller Richmond side.

This produced two power play goals for Richmond which capped off the third with an empty net goal for a 3-1 win.

Cassidy Bellavance was the Hurricane’s MVP for this game for her tenacity both on the forward and defensive lines. Jadylin Spooner played incredible in net, making save after save as the Hurricanes played shorthanded for much of the second and third periods.

The second game of the day was against Chilliwack. The defensive line of Maya Cramb, Vanessa Dunn, Alyssa Palmer, Bellavance and Lloyd helped earn Spooner the shutout in the 2-0 victory. Lloyd scored both goals with one assist going to Cramb. Hunter was named the MVP.

Early Sunday morning would have the Campbell River squad face the hometown Richmond Ravens. This was a must-win game for Campbell River while Ravens were undefeated.

The pressure could be felt on both sides of the arena. The first period ended scoreless, as both teams battled fiercely.

The line of Carissa Jochimski, Rylee Nelson and Kate Johnson had several scoring opportunities but the Raven’s goalie came up big every time. Finally, late in the second period, Callie Ann Masse nailed a slap shot through the posts to put the Hurricanes up by one. Scammell would add a second goal at the start of the third.

The Hurricanes won the game 2-1 and advanced to the final. Scammell earned the game MVP for her game-winning goal.

The final would set the Hurricane girls up against the same peewee squad they lost to earlier. Richmond took an early 1-0 and then held on as the Hurricanes cranked up the offence.

However, the Richmond goalie stood strong and an empty net goal late in the match sealed a 2-0 victory.

Francis Speck was a little spark plug for Campbell River while Rylee Nelson earned the MVP honours. The team is coached by Dennis Bellavance, Guy Germyn and Chris Jochimski.