by Bruce Fuhr,
The Nelson Daily Sports
If the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.
Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.
“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.
Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.
Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest.
Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.
The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver Fusiom
Despite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.
“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”
Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.
Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.
Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.
Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).
The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.
Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt Meadows.