Nelson's Merissa Dawson (11) crashes the net in the West Kootenay Wildcats opening game against Vernon and ends up scoring a goal.

Nelson's Merissa Dawson (11) crashes the net in the West Kootenay Wildcats opening game against Vernon and ends up scoring a goal.

Wildcats knocked out of contention

The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished the BC Hockey Female Bantam Provincials in Vernon with an 0-2-2 record.

The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished the BC Hockey Female Bantam Provincials in Vernon with an 0-2-2 record.

The team is made up of 13 and 14-year-old girls from around the West Kootenay and includes four Nelson players — Merissa Dawson, Emma Wheeldon, Haley Elias and Kali Horner.

The Wildcats earned their second tie of the tournament on Wednesday night after a physical affair with Prince George ended 1-1.

In the Sunday night opener against host Vernon, the Wildcats came away with a 3-3 draw thanks to a goal in the dying seconds of the game. Dawson scored one of the Wildcats goals.

In the second game on Monday afternoon, the Juan de Fuca entry peppered the Wildcats net with 40 shots and came away with a 3-0 victory in what was a physical match.

Needing a win to have any shot at semi-final berth, the Wildcats came up against a tough Tri Cities team. Tri Cities scored three first period goals and didn’t look back on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Only the top four teams in the tournament — North Shore Winter Club, Juan de Fuca, Tri Cities and Terrace — have a chance at the provincial title that will be decided tonight.

Though Nelson Minor Hockey has no teams in this week’s provincials scattered throughout the province, Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt and Tyler Podgorenko are part of the Trail Tier II Midget team which is in action in Kelowna.

Trail lost 7-2 to host West Kelowna in the Sunday opener, fell 3-1 to Vancouver on Monday and finished the tournament with a 10-0 drubbing over Williams Lake. Trail finished with a 1-2 record and out of the semi-final round which starts this afternoon