Week 21: Playoff positions, pennant still up for grabs
Sunday, March 1, 2020
A pair of three-team races will take place over the final two weeks of the SCWHL regular season.
A trio of teams are chasing the final playoff position, with three teams separated by one point atop the standings.
The Fraser Valley Jets retained a share of first place after they defeated the Island Surge 8-1 Sunday afternoon at Planet Ice – Delta, the final game of a four-game trip to the mainland by the Surge.
Alanna Kedra led the Jets attack with three goals and a pair of assists. Defender Natasha Steblin scored twice and had two assists. Lisa Mullen, Kirsten Toth and Alyssa Theodore completed the Jets scoring.
Elena Robinson scored for the Surge.
The Kamloops Vibe are tied for first place with the Fraser Valley Jets, but have completed their regular season schedule and can finish no better than second place. The Vibe recorded their league-record ninth tie of the season in a home game Saturday evening against the Trinity Western University Spartans, playing to a 3-3 draw at the Memorial Arena.
Special teams were huge factor in the game as the Vibe got powerplay goals from Catriona Young and Jenna Ormondy, and an even-strength tally from Sarah Botter. TWU responded with a shorthanded effort from Ashleigh Kar, a powerplay goal from Emily Johnston, and an even-strength goal from Kiki Richardson.
The draw clinched a fourth-place finish for the Spartans, who went on to fall 1-0 to the Vibe Sunday morning at the Sandman Centre. Marjorie Boisvert of the Vibe netted the only goal of the game in the second period. Goaltender Sienna Cooke kept TWU in the game, as the Vibe held a huge 34-6 advantage in shots on goal.
The Meadow Ridge Moose are also in the race for top spot, and are one point out of first place with two games remaining after a 6-2 win over the Island Surge on home ice Friday night at the Langley Sportsplex.
Ashley Long tallied twice and added one assist for Meadow Ridge, with Katelin Korman, Madeline Cockrill, Alex Hendrickson and Emily Jude adding singles.
Katrina Hawkins and Alisha Choy were the Surge goal scorers.
The Richmond Devils extended their undefeated streak to four games, and are now just one point out of a playoff position after a 4-0 victory over the Island Saturday night at the Richmond Ice Centre.
Aish Sander had a pair of goals for the Devils, with Nicole Lum and Hazel Barthel adding one each. Jennelle Stem made 11 saves for the shutout.
The Surge earned their first victory of the season Saturday afternoon at Planet Ice – Delta, preventing the South Fraser TNT from clinching a playoff position with a 5-3 win.
With the game deadlocked 3-3 later in the game, the Surge got a winning goal on a powerplay from Jeanna Laine with three minutes to go, then clinched the victory when Choy scored into an empty net with five seconds remaining.
Hawkins netted a pair for the Island, with Mary Warner adding one goal.
Taralynn Suzuki, Steph Strymecki and former Surge forward Hayley Voytechek were the TNT goal scorers.