After playing all season in the Mid Island atom boys hockey league, the atom female Cowichan Valley Capitals finally got to test themselves against all-girls competition, and the results were remarkable.
The Cowichan girls went undefeated in the Langley Angels on Ice Tournament at the end of December, winning the gold-medal game in a lengthy shootout against the Tri Cities Predators. Karlee Poznecov scored the decisive goal, while Sophia Kennedy stopped all 13 shooters that she faced.
The game was tied 1-1 after regulation, then went to a five-minute overtime. No one scored, sending the game to the shootout.
“As a coach for many years, I have never been a part of a 13-round shootout,” Cowichan coach Brad Scafe said.
This is the first year that Cowichan has iced an atom girls team, and it is the only one on Vancouver Island this season. The roster includes some novice-age players who have moved up a level and are playing against boys two and three years older than they are, but the girls are holding their own.
“Our team plays in the Mid Island atom boys league, which is not easy for us,” Scafe said. “But the girls have improved a ton from the beginning of the year to now and we are looking to have another strong showing when we head to Kelowna for another all-girls tournament.
“All the girls played so well they competed hard every game. It was well-deserved that they won the gold medal. As their coach it was great to be a part of.”