Hockey girls clean up in Winnipeg tourney

Island Elite peewee hockey team wins North American Classic in Winnipeg

Four Peninsula girls are part of a gold-getting hockey team.

The Island Elite peewee spring ice hockey team picked up its second gold medal in two months after winning the North American Classic tourney in Winnipeg on June 10.

After coming out on top at the Challenge Cup in Vancouver in May, the girls lost their first game in Winnipeg against the Saskatchewan team, but rebounded with big wins against Calgary (8-1), Manitoba (6-0) and Alberta Extreme (8-0). Semifinal action saw the Elite up against Manitoba again, securing a 6-1 win for the Island girls.

The final game was a re-match against Saskatchewan, who beat the Elite in the first game.

After three hard-fought periods, the two teams were deadlocked at 1-1. Two intense overtime periods later, the Island Elite came out on top with a goal from Peninsula’s Lexxi Smith to win the team their the gold medal.

Lexxi and Veda Smith, Taylor Killip and Adrianna Mandryk are all Peninsula residents.

 

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