CONTRIBUTION · 14th February 2011
Last weekend, February 4th to 6th, Kevin Kennedy, Mario Desjardins and Rob Pritchett took the Terrace Pee Wee Girls team to Penticton. They dominated the play netting a total of 46 shots in five games to take the tournament unbeaten.
The Tournament opened for Terrace with a 23 -1 win over the Kelowna Penguins. The second game was closer matchup but still a lopsided shutout victory at 7-0 over another team from Kelowna, the Hotshots.
Their third game, against the Penticton Vees, ended in a 6-1 victory and game 4, going up against the Hotshots again, ended in the same convincing win, 7-0. This put the Terrace Girls in the final against the Kamloops Blazers.
It was the Goal tender from Kamloops who kept this game from overtaking the capacity of the scoreboard as the Terrace girls overwhelmingly out shot the Kamloops team 60 to 2. With this barrage of shots the score remained a respectable 3-0 at the end of the game giving the team a trophy and medals to proudly display.
“This is a real testament to the improvements our girls have made”, wrote Kevin Kennedy on their return to Terrace, “All of the girls showed great improvement as the weekend went on. Our defensive core was terrific and the goaltending was awesome when it had to be. Offensive contributions were made from every girl on the team.”
“We had wonderful compliments about the talent on our team. Many people thought we were a rep team drawn from a larger group. In reality the 12 girls there were our entire pee wee girls division.”
The team was given a private tour of the Okanagan Hockey Academy led by two time Olympic Gold Medalist, Gina Kingsbury. Kennedy stated he believed it provided the girls motivation and aspiration. “The program there is brand new and has 23 to 25 high performing midget aged girls. The message is that girl’s hockey is very much alive and well.”