Peewee girls win North American gold for Oceanside

This was a season for the record books for Island Elite squad

The Island Elite Peewee girls hockey team savours the golden moment at the North American Classic in Winnipeg.

The Island Elite Peewee girls hockey team savours the golden moment at the North American Classic in Winnipeg.

The Island Elite Peewee girls hockey team has had a spring season for the books, as they won their second straight tournament recently when they captured gold at the North American Classic in Winnipeg.

This, a followup to their gold medal win at Vancouver’s Challenge Cup in May.

According to team manger Jodi Barner there are five Oceansiders “on this talented team of 18 girls from Campbell River, Port Alberni, Victoria, Oceanside, Nanaimo and Peninsula, and we are very proud of them.”

Locals lacing up for the Island Elite Peewee team, made up primarily of 13 year olds, were goalie Blayre Paddock; D-girl Kyra Blyt, and forwards Katy Downey, Ashlee Barner and Brianna Leachman.

In action at the Classic June 7-10, the Islanders lost their opener 3-1 to Saskatchewan but bounced back with three straight lopsided wins — clobbering Calgary 8-1, Manitoba 6-0, and the Alberta Extreme 8-0.

The Islanders mauled Manitoba 6-1 in the semifinal, which set the table for a rematch against the host stubble-jumpers in the final.

According to Jodi, after three hard-fought periods, the two teams were deadlocked at a 1-1 score, and it took two intense overtime periods before the Islanders found the back of the net to secure the team their second Gold medal in tournament play in a month.

“I think the thing with these girls is they really wanted to play,” Elite head coach Jay Barner told The News when we caught up with him, pointing out “they worked really hard. We had about 35 hours of practice time before the tournaments.

“They played hard, they all contributed — I think every girl on the team got on the score sheet,” said their coach. “It’s quite a thrill to watch these girls play hockey.”

“They were all basically hand-picked,” he said of the high performance team, and made the point “they’re fantastic girls to work with and the parents as well, which made it even better. It was just a pleasure to go to the rink.”

The team held its windup party last Sunday. Much of the team will stay together and form a first-year Bantam team next year.




Just Posted

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased in Parksville

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Map of the site of a proposed 60-unit building project in French Creek. (RDN map)
Legal counsel wants board to award development permit for French Creek project

Issue is on agenda for RDN board meeting on June 22

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read