Red Army gets by Extreme, 6-4

Extreme forward Chelan Hein fends off the Red Army’s Erin Murdoch during Saturday’s game.  - James Clarke photo
Extreme forward Chelan Hein fends off the Red Army’s Erin Murdoch during Saturday’s game.
— image credit: James Clarke photo

Oceanside’s Midget C Red Army boys team trimmed the Mid-Island Extreme Bantam Rep girls 6-4 Saturday night at Victor Kraatz Arena in a fast-paced hockey game big on effort and nice plays.

“The kids are skating tonight,” chuckled one dad from behind the glass.

“Good game, eh? Our guys worked hard to beat them,” Red Army coach Bill Collette said after, adding their short bench made for a big challenge, and that “we were very impressed with those girls; they could really skate.”

Red Army was on the attack early and led 2-0 after the first period. Both teams scored one in the second and added three more each in the third.

“It was a good game,” Extreme manager Tina McComb agreed after, adding the season is young and Saturday was an exhibition game.

“They started out a bit slow, but they picked it up.”

Tina’s daughter Celine Tardif is in her first year of Midget (she played with the Bantam Extreme last year) and is one of three local girls on the Extreme’s roster of 15. Fellow forward Tianna Squire and goalie Maddy Meyer the other two.

“They’re used to it,” Tina confirmed when asked if the girls seemed not only unfazed by the size differential between them and most of their counterparts on the ice — the Red Army also pencils in a few female players — but fearless.

The Extreme’s main competition is the South Island Breakers (who they beat 3-1 in exhibition two weeks ago), but when not playing the Breakers, either in exhibition or in provincial qualifying action, they take to the ice against Midget boys teams.


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