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Hockey players head to B.C. Winter Games

Trio of Peninsula hockey gals head to competition in Vernon
Peninsula Minor Hockey players Micah Hart (left) and Jennifer Liu are headed to the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon that started yesterday and run until Sunday.

Jennifer Liu has a personal goal in mind for the B.C. Winter Games – gauge her skills against her peers.

She is among three Peninsula teens who will suit up for Zone 6 girls ice hockey team at the 2012 BC Winter Games in Vernon which ends Feb. 26. Her Bantam A Peninsula Eagles teammates Micah Hart and Stephanie Churchill will also suit up.

Liu, a forward, likes to wear #6, but these days is #11 with the Bantam A Peninsula Eagles.

Liu captained the Victoria Ice Hawks female Peewee AAA provincial championship team in 2010.

Her goal for the Games is to “just do my best.” She looks forward to seeing the Lower Mainland competition in action.

“It’ll be exciting to see if I’m close to any of the super good girls, skill-wise,” Liu said.

Last year, the Grade 9 Parkland secondary student played in the B.C. Cup, a competitive tournament in a similar format that fills the void on off-Games years. She was disappointed with her performance there and added some on-ice and off-ice training in preparation for this year’s competition.

Her co-ed Peninsula team and the all-girl Games team offer different aspects of the sport, but she doesn’t have a preference.

“With girls it’s not as rough,” she said. “It’s a totally different game, guys and girls. [With] guys it’s more physical.

“I just want to do as best I can. I hope I do well.”