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U14 girls take their best shot

Close quarters on the ball are kept by Jada Hill of Cowichan 1, with Alberta’s Ellery Platts right on her back. - Don Bodger
Close quarters on the ball are kept by Jada Hill of Cowichan 1, with Alberta’s Ellery Platts right on her back.
— image credit: Don Bodger

An Under 14 girls’ festival was the third major indoor hockey tournament in a row at the Island Savings Centre.

Two teams from Cowichan and one each from Alberta and Victoria took part in the event Saturday and Sunday.

“We’ve been trying to do it for a couple of years,’’ said coordinator Jamie Goodman.

Alberta team officials called about the chances of a tournament and Cowichan obliged by utilizing players from 10 to 13 years of age.

“The other teams are older, a lot bigger than us,’’ said Goodman.

Cowichan had only four 13-year-olds but all the younger players enjoyed the experience.

“Hopefully, the 12-year-olds will come up and keep playing,’’ said Goodman. “They’re all having fun.’’

Saturday, Cowichan 2 and Cowichan 1 played to a 2-2 tie, Alberta doubled Victoria 4-2, Alberta beat Cowichan 2 4-1, Victoria blanked Cowichan 1 8-0, Alberta shut out Cowichan 1 6-0 and Victoria edged Cowichan 2 4-3.

Sara Goodman scored all three Cowichan 2 goals against Victoria.

Sunday, Alberta defeated Cowichan 2 7-2, Victoria nipped Cowichan 1 2-0, Victoria won 5-4 over Alberta, Cowichan 2 shaded Cowichan 1 3-2 as Goodman scored twice, Victoria topped Cowichan 2 7-2 and Cowichan 1 upended Alberta 2-1 on goals by Kyla and Ashlyn Toljander.

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