With two wins in two games, the Girls Hockey Calgary White Hawks were assured of a place in the semi-finals of the Bantam Female A Alberta Provincial Championships presented by ATB Financial on Sunday. The first period was a tied affair, 1-1, with goals scored by Calgary’s winger, Mikayla Lui and Edmonton Warrior’s Carys Mitchell.
Things opened up quite a bit in the second twenty at Castledowns Arena. Mikayla Lui scored her second, three minutes into the period. The White Hawks then reinforced their lead with some fluid play and plenty of possession in the opposition’s half. Grace Crooks picked up the puck from just behind the left post and turned it in above Samantha Smalley’s stretching, rainbow-coloured stick.
Smalley’ s agility was tested again five minutes later with a shot by Carolyn Berze. The goalie couldn’t control the pad rebound and Nicole Orubor stepped in to flip the puck into the net.
Four minutes into the final period, the Hawks struck again as Jenna Salem, shrugging off an earlier stick inside her face cage, put the puck in the net from near the face-off circle.
The Warrior’s hard working Emily Aru pulled one back with a superb shot on the fly, up and over the goal keeper’s glove. Any suggestion of a comeback was damped down though by strong puck possession by the Hawks. Defenseman Jennifer Nixon sealed things up with seconds to go as she carried the puck from deep inside her half, deked past two defenders and squeezed the puck underneath Smalley’s glove.
Final score: Calgary White Hawks 6-2 Edmonton Warriors.