Female teams claim bronze in Surrey, gear up for provincials

While the Kootenay Wildcats AAA Midget have been busy battling the best in B.C., the next crop of young female hockey players have also been showcasing their talents this season.

The West Kootenay Wildcats Pee Wee female hockey team won the bronze medal at a tournament in Surrey Feb. 4-6. Back row

The West Kootenay Wildcats Pee Wee female hockey team won the bronze medal at a tournament in Surrey Feb. 4-6. Back row

Pee Wee girls will head to Clearwater and Bantams will go to Kelowna for B.C. title quests

While the Kootenay Wildcats AAA Midget have been busy battling the best in B.C., the next crop of young female hockey players have also been showcasing their talents this season.

Earlier this month, West Kootenay Wildcats bantam and pee wee teams traveled to Surrey for an all-female tournament featuring 30 teams in various age groups.

It also provided an opportunity for the local girls to test their talents against other female teams from around the province.

Once the snow had settled both squads returned home with bronze medals for their efforts.

The bantam girls, based out of Castlegar, posted a 4-2 win over Surrey and a 2-0 shutout against the North Shore Winter Club. The team also battled Prince George to a 1-1 draw before a 1-0 loss to Abbotsford spoiled an otherwise perfect weekend.

The pee wee girls, based out of Trail, lost only once in four games. They scored a 6-1 win over Langley, led by Kelsey Patterson’s hat trick. Goaltender Avery Dixon posted the shutout in a 0-0 draw with Kamloops. The girls held their own against the two division finalists.

They dropped a 1-0 decision to Tri-Cities and held Surrey to a 1-1 draw before the host team went on to claim the division title in a shootout win over Tri-Cities.

It marked the second successful road weekend for the two teams.

In November, the bantam girls won their division at a tournament in Kamloops while the pee wee girls reached the final game before losing on a last-minute goal to the host team.

The next big trip for the teams will come at provincial time.

The Pee Wees will travel to Clearwater while the Bantams head to Kelowna for their respective B.C. championships beginning March 20.