All three Northeast BC Predators teams were in Richmond last weekend for the 8th annual Pacific Coast Female Rep Hockey Classic, October 22 to 24. It was another great learning and bonding opportunity for the Preds as the teams continue to grow on the ice heading into the start of the Northern Female BC A League, which starts this weekend in Taylor.
The U13 Predators started their tournament with an 8-0 loss against Tri Cities on Friday. They quickly rebounded with a 10-4 win over the Williams Lake Timberwolves. Lylah Dietz won the player of the game award for her efforts while Brianna Scott won the heart and hustle award.
The team lost big to Richmond on Saturday, who would go on to win the championship, before bouncing back again for a very close and hard-fought game against the Kelowna Rockets. The Predators outshot the Rockets 34-21, but came up just short, losing 3-2. Addison Ayre and Izzy Ollenberger scored for the Predators, with Ollenberger named player of the game and Taylor Simpson getting the heart and hustle award.
The U15 Predators had a rough loss to the St. Albert Raiders to start the tournament, but had a better showing in an 8-3 loss to the Kamloops Blazers. Alia Drummond of the Predators opened the scoring in the first period. Drummond scored again in the second period, with Audrina Freeman getting the PORed's third goal. Emery Twardochleb was the team's player of the game.
The team's best game came against Vancouver. Vancouver had a 3-0 lead early in the third period, but the Predators came back on goals from Twardochleb and Drummond. The U15 Predators lost 4-2. Jackie Siemens was recognized as player of the game for her play in net throughout the tournament, while Kyrsten Brownlee won the heart and hustle award.
The U18 Predators played three games in Richmond. They lost big to Calgary, but battled against Kamloops in a 6-4 loss, and lost 6-1 to North Island.
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