Lydia Steen of Cowichan gets to the puck a step ahead of her Surrey opponent. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Lydia Steen of Cowichan gets to the puck a step ahead of her Surrey opponent. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Peewee girls fall just short in bronze medal game

Tough loss to Tri-Port Caps a closely-contested hockey tournament

The host Cowichan Valley Capitals lost a heartbreaker to Tri-Port in the bronze medal game during a Peewee Female hockey tournament Jan. 2-4.

Ten of the 14 games were played at Fuller Lake Arena, with the other four at the Island Savings Centre Arena in Duncan.

It was great competition from start to finish among the six participating teams.

“I think they enjoyed it and hopefully come back next year if we do it,” said Graham Cousins, assistant coach of the Cowichan Valley team.

The tournament finished in exciting fashion.

Cowichan Valley was on the short end of a 2-1 score against Tri-Port in the third-place battle while Richmond and Surrey went to a shootout in the championship game after overtime failed to decide the issue. Richmond prevailed in the shootout.

“It was a barnburner,” conceded Cousins.

Cowichan Valley went 2-2 in the round robin portion of the event.

The Capitals defeated Nanaimo 9-4 and Surrey 2-0 while dropping a 4-0 decision to Richmond and falling 5-4 to Tri-Port.

MVP and Heart & Hustle awards were given out to each team in every game.

The Cowichan Valley winners from the round robin were: Bronwynn Lee (MVP) and Eva Klassen (Heart & Hustle) against Nanaimo; Lydia Steen (MVP) and Tyla Fryer (Heart & Hustle) against Surrey; Danielle Branting (MVP) and Alivia Cousins (Heart & Hustle) against Richmond; and Tatum McMahon (MVP) and Esme Iverson (Heart & Hustle) against Tri-Port.

The 10- to 12-year-old Cowichan Valley Peewee girls play in a four-team league with Tri-Port, Nanaimo and Campbell River.

“We’re first in the league right now,” pointed out Graham Cousins.

The Caps had a 6-1-1 record in league play as of the first of the New Year.

 

Cowichan Valley Peewee Female Capitals assistant captain Tatum McMahon starts a rush up the ice against Surrey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Valley Peewee Female Capitals assistant captain Tatum McMahon starts a rush up the ice against Surrey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan’s Tatum McMahon goes into the corner to battle for the puck against Surrey in Peewee Female hockey tournament action at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan’s Tatum McMahon goes into the corner to battle for the puck against Surrey in Peewee Female hockey tournament action at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sticks of Cowichan’s Tatum McMahon and rival Surrey player clash in a bid for possession of the puck during Peewee Female tournament game. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sticks of Cowichan’s Tatum McMahon and rival Surrey player clash in a bid for possession of the puck during Peewee Female tournament game. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Isabella Wiebe of Cowichan provides a roadblock for Surrey’s intended offensive manoeuvre in Peewee Bantam Female hockey tournament battle at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Isabella Wiebe of Cowichan provides a roadblock for Surrey’s intended offensive manoeuvre in Peewee Bantam Female hockey tournament battle at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)