West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats enjoy success
The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats continue to enjoy success against some tough provincial competition.
The regional girls hockey team returned from Kamloops this past weekend with a 2-2 record, but more important than the results was the solid efforts against top caliber teams.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Wildcats were matched against a very strong club from Red Deer. Despite a huge game by goaltender Catalina Hardland, the Wildcats were edged 4-2 by the eventual tournament finalists. Jordan Zilkie and Paige Gattafoni each scored for the Wildcats.
In the team’s second game against host Kamloops, Nelson’s Emma Wheeldon scored a goal and added an assist on the way to pacing the locals to a 3-1 win.
In the final round robin game against Williams Lake, the Wildcats needed a win to earn a spot in the semi-final. Kendra Waterstreet, Gattafoni and Wheeldon scored to give the Wildcats a 3-1 victory.
In the semi-final the Wildcats came up against the province’s top-ranked North Shore Winter Club from Vancouver. The Kootenay squad lost 6-0 to the Winter Club who went onto with the tournament with a 1-0 win over Red Deer.
The Wildcats play regular season games in the West Kootenay bantam house league which is made up of primarily boys.