(Photo - Kevin McIsaac)

(Photo - Kevin McIsaac)

Okanagan players skate to bronze medal at Aboriginal Championships

The week long tournament was held in Membertou, Nova Scotia

Team B.C. is coming home with a couple of bronze medals from the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Membertou, Nova Scotia.

After a hard fought, week-long tournament, both the U18 boys and the U18 girls teams picked up a pair of third-place finishes.

The boys team, which featured players from Kelowna, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, and Merritt, went 2-1 in round robin play and won a qualifying game to advance to the semi-finals. After falling to Team Ontario 4-1 in the semis on Friday (May 13), the team stormed back on Saturday (May 14) with a 4-1 win of their own to take bronze over Team Eastern Door and the North.

(Photo - Kevin McIsaac)

While the boys team scored 20 goals throughout the tournament, the girls team scored 23 goals just in the round robin group play. They went 3-1 and easily handled the qualifying game beating Team Atlantic 9-0.

In a hard-fought semi-final, the girls fell to Team Ontario 3-1. Like the boy’s team, they bounced back knowing they had a chance to medal. In the bronze medal game, they beat Team Saskatchewan, by the score of 4-1.

The girls team featured players from Kamloops, Coldstream, and Nanoose Bay.

Team B.C.’s Janelle Sadler led the girls tournament in points with 15 (three goals, 12 assists).

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