Golden memories of Games
The Fraser Valley (Zone 3) female hockey team capped an unbeaten run through the competition to win the gold medal at the BC Winter Games on Sunday morning in Mission.
Two Maple Ridge girls were part of that golden performance, and Emily Duchak and Alexis Kahlert were among the many local athletes who took part in the games.
Kahlert’s goal stood as the winner in the final, as the Zone 3 team hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Fraser River Delta (Zone 4) team in a game that was in doubt until the final buzzer.
Aldergrove’s Alicia Perez put Fraser Valley ahead less than three minutes into the game. Before the first period was over, Priya Sidhu of Surrey and Kahlert upped the difference to 3-0.
Fraser River Delta made it 3-2 with six minutes left, then spent the final minute in the Fraser Valley zone, but were unable to force overtime.
“Coming into the tournament, on paper I think we were the favourites to win,” said Fraser Valley head coach Al Wozney. “So a lot of that pressure was on us. The girls really came together in the second game against Vancouver Island. And that shootout win propelled us through the next two games.”
- In the sport of target archery, Carlina Oddy of Maple Ridge went to a shoot-off with her recurve bow, and won the bronze medal.
- Two Maple Ridge athletes won gold medals in wheelchair basketball – Matthew Norris and Stephanie Park.
- In ringette, Kate Liversidge was part of the Fraser Valley team that won the bronze medal.