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FURIOUS FIVE — The Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association hosted their ninth annual jamboree Friday and Saturday with four teams assembled to play a round-robin tournament of five games in two days at Takhini Arena.

Five games in two days at women’s hockey jamboree

Hockey was on full display at Takhini Arena Friday and Saturday

By Dustin Cook on November 20, 2017

Hockey was on full display at Takhini Arena Friday and Saturday with teams playing five games in a span of two days at the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association (WWHA) Jamboree.

The annual event, in its ninth year, is a round-robin style tournament with four teams.

Players signed up individually, jamboree organizer Jess Wood said, and ranked their skill level on a scale of one to six to help make even teams.

“We try to have people play with new players they haven’t played with and try to divide skill levels equally amongst the teams,” Wood said.

The four-team tournament started Friday evening with each team playing two of their three round-robin games. The Wrap-Around Warriors gold team got off to a strong start on the opening day winning both of their games 3-2 and then 9-4.

In their final round-robin game on Saturday morning, the Warriors fell 6-0 to the Hat-Trick Heroines in teal who ended up finishing first place in the pool with the win. They finished the round robin with two wins and a tie against the Break-Away Bandits in black. The winless Top-Shelf Titans wearing red jerseys took on the top-seeded Heroines in the first semifinal Saturday afternoon.

The Titans would jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period with a goal and an assist from Chantelle Rivest who finished the game with two goals and two assists tallying points on every Titans goal.

Trailing 4-2 in the third period, the unbeaten Warriors poured on the pressure and cut the lead in half with less than four minutes to go on a breakaway by Stephanie Hammond. Laura Grieve had the two other goals for the Warriors.

The Wrap-Around Warriors took a penalty late and were unable to complete the comeback giving the Titans their first win of the tournament and a spot in the final.

With four games down and one to go, Wood – who played on the Titans – said five games in two days is a lot, but they had large bins full of snacks donated from several sponsors and a large supply of Advil and Rub A535 to get ready for the final game.

The third-place Break-Away Bandits in black beat the Warriors in the second semifinal, after falling to them 3-2 in the round-robin. Setting up a final between the third and fourth ranked teams, the Bandits came away with the victory winning the hard-fought five-game tournament.

The tournament saw several players come from outside of Whitehorse for the weekend venturing from Dawson, Watson Lake, Haines Junction and Dease Lake, B.C., tournament organizer Kim Lisgo said.

“This tournament to me, and I think to most people, is just about having fun and enjoying hockey,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity, everyone is socializing between teams, the game is competitive but we all recognize it is the jamboree and the objective really is to have fun.”

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