Novice B Ice Kats win cham­pi­onship on home ice

Team fin­ishes tour­na­ment 5-0, 9-0 in league play

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Peter­bor­ough Matt Tem­ple RBC Do­min­ion Se­cu­ri­ties Novice B Ice Kats wouldn’t be de­nied a cham­pi­onship on home ice.

The Car­leton Place Cy­clones scored two quick goals to close within 3-2 of the Ice Kats in the sec­ond pe­riod of the Novice B fi­nal at the Ev­in­rude Cen­tre in the 38th Peter­bor­ough Girls’ Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Ice Kats Tour­na­ment. That’s when the Ice Kats kicked it up a gear. Just 45 sec­onds later the score was 5-2 thanks to two Ice Kats goals 15 sec­onds apart. They rolled on to a 10-2 win. They fin­ished the tour­na­ment 5-0 and are 9-0 in league play.

“It’s spe­cial be­cause we won our own tour­na­ment,” said Ad­di­son Huls­man. “It made us feel like we could ac­tu­ally win and feel con­fi­dent.”

Ice Kats’ coach Dar­ryll Han­cock said his team’s goal is to get bet­ter ev­ery game. They didn’t make the play­offs of their first tour­na­ment in Oshawa, reached the semi­fi­nals in Clar­ing­ton and picked up the win on the week­end con­firm­ing their progress.

“They’ve been build­ing up all season,” said Han­cock. “We had a tough time in our first tour­na­ment. We showed a lot of im­prove­ment in Clar­ing­ton about a month later. We made it to the semis and lost a tough game in a shootout. The girls were re­ally look­ing for­ward to tak­ing a step in this one. They talked about how ex­cited they were to get a chance to play on Sun­day on their home turf and in front of their fam­ily and friends. I think they played their best game of the tour­na­ment to­day which is what we were shoot­ing for.”

Han­cock praised his girls for re­spond­ing when pushed.

“It was a re­ally good sign that we re­sponded re­ally well af­ter those two goals and kept com­ing back at them. I’m re­ally proud of them for that,” he said.

Mackenna Han­cock scored four goals for the Ice Kats in the fi­nal with two each to Tru­ley Simp­son, Ad­di­son Mo­her and Mya Clare Mar­shall.

Four Ice Kats teams reached fi­nals in the 90-team, 20-di­vi­sion tour­na­ment which ran Fri­day through Sun­day on all six city ice pads. Two area teams, the Oton­abee Wolver­ines pee­wee C and En­nis­more Ea­gles atom house league teams won their divisions.

The Wolver­ines avenged a 1-0 loss in round-robin play by de­feat­ing their arch ri­val Peter­bor­ough Pee­wee C Ice Kats 3-0 in the fi­nal to go 3-1-1 over­all. Made­line Wan­na­maker scored two goals for Oton­abee and Avery Florence one while Re­becca MacDon­ald notched the shutout.

“For a lot of th­ese girls it’s their first time play­ing with girls,” said Oton­abee coach Lisa Fer­tile. “They’ve al­ways played with the boys so this is their first year on an all-girls team. They think that’s spe­cial. We have some brand new play­ers and this is re­ally go­ing to lift their spir­its be­cause they re­ally helped out in this win, too.”

“We lost to Peter­bor­ough in the first game and it feels re­ally good to beat them in the cham­pi­onship,” said Wan­na­maker. “It’s ex­cit­ing to win as a team. We all have a good at­ti­tude and we love the game of hockey. It’s fun to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent plays and fig­ure out what works for us.”

The Peter­bor­ough Kirk­wood Ice Kats won the novice house league cham­pi­onship beat­ing the Flam­bor­ough Fal­cons 1-0 in the fi­nal.

The Peter­bor­ough Se­nior BB Ice Kats lost in the se­nior A fi­nal to the Chatham Chill 3-1.

In the atom house league fi­nal, the En­nis­more Ea­gles de­feated the Clar­ing­ton Flames 1-0.

Full tour­na­ment re­sults can be found at www.pgha.net un­der the tour­na­ment link.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough Ice Kats se­nior BB's Jen Ayres picks up the puck next to Orangeville Tigers' goalie Natasa Do­j­ci­novic dur­ing Se­nior A Di­vi­sion ac­tion at the 38th an­nual Peter­bor­ough Ice Kats tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

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