Morning Star Staff
Finish strong and hope the leading teams suffer an upset or two down the stretch.
That was the game-plan for the host Salmon Arm Silvertips at the B.C. Midget A Female Hockey Championships at the Shaw Centre.
The Silvertips, who have 11 players from the Vernon area on their roster, were 1-2-1 going into a Thursday night game against Windermere Valley (3-1). The Tips tangle with the winless Whitehorse Mustangs this afternoon.
Vernon’s Summer Jespersen, a speedy centre and co-captain alongside Sarah Botter, says the Tips went all out despite losing 3-0 to the Richmond Ravens Wednesday night. Richmond was leading the seven-team pack at 4-0 going into a Thursday night tilt versus 3-1 Surrey.
“It was a good game, it went back and forth all night and they were just better playmakers than us, and we couldn’t get many shots,” said Jespersen.
“We have been playing our best hockey of the season. We’re pretty happy with our play and our coach (Shawn Lund) was happy with our effort, determination and discipline.”
Jespersen, a 17-year-old Kalamalka soon-to-be grad, said the Tips fell behind 3-0 in the first period and couldn’t recover against the Ravens.
The Tips earlier Wednesday brushed back Kelowna 4-1 in a battle of Okanagan Mainline League rivals.
Salmon Arm grabbed a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the first period with Botter scoring from Jespersen at 16:16. Taylor Lund, from Lisa Campeau, made it 2-0 eight minutes later. Hayley Silcocks of Vernon scored the third goal 30 seconds later, from Vernon’s Ali Roine, while Maddison Turner converted a Jespersen feed, 24 seconds later.
Kelowna responded with 2:49 left in the second period when Jade Banman clicked from Rachel Lobay.
In Tuesday afternoon play, the Tips held a 3-0 lead but had to settle for a 3-3 tie with the Mid-North Island Extreme (0-3-1).
Campeau opened the offence, on assists by Taylor Lund and Vernon’s Jenna Lazar, at 14:07. Jespersen upped the Tips’ lead six minutes later on a play involving Hailey Haskell and Botter. Jespersen made it 3-0 with 50 seconds left in the period, from Haskell. Ashlyn Mottershead netted the Extreme’s first goal in the second period, while Dayna Briggs and Scotia Bellavance potted snipes four minutes apart in the third.
Windermere Valley iced Whitehorse 7-2, Surrey toppled the Extreme 3-1 and Kelowna rocked Whitehorse 10-1 Wednesday. Richmond shut out Kelowna 4-0 Tuesday.
Kylie Assi of Armstrong, Phoenix Lawrey of Oyama, and Vernon products Caylyn Marshall, Jessie Murphy, Mykaila Head, Lannie Houle and Ashley Tinney are other locals with the Tips. The championship final goes Friday night.