Perfect season

Oceanside’s Midget Rep female Icebreakers are the toast of the town, mining gold in Richmond and running the table on their season.

Oceanside's Midget Girls Icebreakers capped off their memorable season with a gold medal in Richmond last weekend.

Oceanside’s Midget Rep female Icebreakers are the toast of the town, mining gold in Richmond and running the table on their season.

A rare accomplishment to be sure, the high octane squad were unbeatable at the Richmond Ice Classic — the largest female hockey tournament in Western Canada, hosted by the Richmond Ravens — last weekend in a tourney that according to OMHA female hockey coordinator Sue Street featured 70 teams from as far as San Jose, California and Ontario.

Oceanside had two teams in the mix — the Peewee Icebreakers competed in the Peewee C1 category (two divisions above their normal level of play). The peewee girls finished second in their pool, and the other Icebreakers team was competing in the Female Midget C1 category, “two tiers above the level of their regular season play as well.”

“It was a fantastic tournament with some wonderful high level competition,” said Street, a longtime dedicated volunteer for female hockey.

What made the accomplishment even sweeter was that they were the underdogs. According to Street, Oceanside was seated in a category that was two tiers higher than their normal level of play, “and rose to the challenge,” going unbeaten in round robin action with wins over Williams Lake, Abbotsford and Comox Valley to clinch a spot in the gold medal game.

Against CV for a rematch Street described as “a nail-biting, end to end, action-packed game,” that ended in a 3-3 tie, sending the game to a five minute 4-on-4 sudden death victory period, and when that didn’t solve anything, the game was decided by shoot out.

Oceanside’s Lexi Kosteckyj scored the shootout winner, which assistant coach Marissa Jordan called a “beauty goal.”

Street pointed out that the tourney marked their final time with the team for Shayna Twamley, Addy Abdurahman and Meyer who are “aging out.”

Guiding the team this year was head coach Mike Squire with help from assistant coaches Dan Campbell, Roger Chamberlain and Marissa Jordan and team manages Kim Meyer and Wendi Murray.

“The dedication of the players, coaches and parents of the team has been unbelievable,” Street said, adding, “the girls have finished first in their league as the top female midget team on the Island this year and went on to win the VIAHA Female Midget C playoffs as well.”

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read