The Valley Wild midget AA girls’ hockey team captured its second straight provincial banner with a 6-0 win over Halifax Hawks April 13. - Submitted
It took longer than it should have, but the Valley Wild midget AA girls’ hockey team are provincial champions.
The Wild captured their second straight provincial banner with a 6-0 shutout of the Halifax Hawks on April 13.
The game originally started two weeks earlier, but with the score tied in double overtime, the contest had to be suspended due to a power outage. The decision was made to replay the game in its entirety. Both teams played tight defence through the first period, but at the same time, both had their share of chances.
Captain Corey O’Brien opened the scoring for the Wild at 7:59 of the second period, scoring on a hard shot off the crossbar. From then on, it was all Valley.
A minute after O’Brien’s goal, Erin Bak made it 2-0, converting a Mariah Carey slapshot from the point.
Two minutes after that, Allison Clayton stripped the puck from the Halifax defence and roofed a backhand shot to make it 3-0. Just a minute and a half later, Rachel Backs converted a pass and the rout was on.
A power play goal from Hillary Dort and an even-strength goal from Regan Curry-Hiltz came in the third period.
Morgan Benjamin turned aside every shot aimed her way to record the shutout.
Head coach Ken Sewards was very pleased with his team’s performance, especially given that the game had to be replayed entirely.
With the Wild having won the same banner a year ago, this was a second straight provincial win for the team and for most of the players and coaches.
Sewards had special praise for several players – Benjamin, Dort, O’Brien, Gisele Rudderham, Olivia Lynch, Rachel Banks and Natasha Wotton – who began with the Valley Wild program seven years ago, “and who are all done their minor hockey and are off to university next year.”