Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for May 4, 2012

Three Yukoners capture U18 B.C. hockey championship

Three Yukon female ice hockey players have another accomplishment to add to their young careers.

By Sam Riches on May 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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Photo by Whitehorse Star

CHAMPION – Tamara Greek, right, battles for the puck during the junior female hockey championship at the Arctic Winter Games in March. Greek recently won the B.C. Cup as a member of Team Falcons in Invermere, B.C.

Three Yukon female ice hockey players have another accomplishment to add to their young careers.

Jocelyn Wynnyk of Marsh Lake, Tamara Greek of Whitehorse and Dana van Vliet of Haines Junction recently hoisted the 2012 Female U18 B.C. Cup.

The Yukon trio captured first place as members of Team Falcons, defeating Team Eagles 3-2 at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere, B.C.

The tournament featured the top female players from B.C. and the Yukon born in 1995 and 1996 as they vied for roster spots on the B.C. provincial team.

The tournament is the second step of a seven-step program to make the national team.

The Falcons got out to an early 3-0 lead after an offensive outburst in the first period.

Brett White, Leah Lum and Hannah Miller were each able to net goals in the opening frame.

The Eagles responded in the second period with two goals from Cora MacLeren.

In the final frame, the Falcons regained their composure and played solid defence to maintain their lead and hold on for the victory.

A total of 100 players from around B.C. and the Yukon were selected for the tournament.

With play now complete, players will be evaluated and selections will be made for invitations to the Team B.C. Provincial Camp that will take place later this month in Salmon Arm, B.C.

The players were selected for the tournament based on their performances in a series of zone camps that were held around B.C. earlier in the year and tested the player’s strengths and abilities on the ice.

For the three Yukoners the tournament was another experience of sharing the ice together in a high profile event.

The trio recently competed at the Arctic Winter Games in March, where they helped lead Team Yukon to a 7-1 victory over the Northwest Territories for the bronze medal.

Before leaving for the tournament, Greek told the Star she was nervous to see what the competition would be like.

“Coming from the North we didn’t have too many people trying out and with the other players coming from all over B.C. it was a lot harder for them to make this cut,” she said.

“So I’m nervous about not knowing everyone else’s skill level. It’s only my fourth year playing and some of the girls have been playing for 10 or more years so they have more experience.”

For van Vliet, this year’s tournament marked her second appearance in the B.C. Cup.

She told the Star she was preparing for the tournament by working on the elements that surprised her in her first go-around like the speed and accuracy of her competitors shots.

“It’s a really high-level of hockey but it’s still a lot of fun,” said the right-winger.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time.

“I’m ready for a good competition and hopefully a lot of fun.”

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