Today Hockey Manitoba released the names of the Top 40 female midget players invited to this years U-18 Provincial team selection camp to be held May 26 - 29 in Winnipeg. A total of 11 BH student-athletes will be vying for a spot on this years provincial team, making up over 25% of the total players at the Top 40 camp.
Rachel Dyck '13, Autumn Garnham '13, Skye Kelly '12, Larissa Martyniuk '13, Rebecca Babiak '12, Ashleigh Brykaliuk '13, Rikki Meilleur '13, Megan Ross ' 13, Kelsey Saelens '13, Cassandra Taylor ' 13, and Haley Studler ' 13 have all moved on to the third phase of the selection process for the U-18 Team Manitoba roster that will compete at the 2011 National U-18 Women's Championships in Saguenay, Quebec this November.
BH would like to congratulate each student-athlete and wish them all the best!
Sunday brought an end to a tremendous weekend of hockey at the MTS Iceplex with your Varsity Prep Blazers playing host to the entire JWHL league with both the Eastern and Western conferences in town for the remaining inter-divisional weekend to round out the regular season. With the hometown crowd behind them, the Blazers were able to pick up wins in their first three games before playing a hot National Sports Academy team on Saturday evening, losing 3 - 1.
In their 5th game of the weekend and final regular season game for the 2010 - 2011 season, the Varsity Prep Blazers took on the undefeated NAHA Winter-hawks in a very faced pace and entertaining game. The Blazers would jump out to a 1 - 0 lead by the end of the first period and would add to the lead with a power play marker, to go into the third period with a 2 - 0 advantage. At the start of the third period the swift skating Winter-Hawks would find the back of the net to pull within one and during a third period flurry of penalties, the Blazers would kill off a 5v3 disadvantage involving a 5 minute major. As the minutes counted down, the Blazers moved closer to a historic event in Blazer hockey history, and with the final buzzer it was final, BLAZERS 2 vs NAHA 1. The Blazers handed NAHA their first loss during league play this season.
With a 4 - 1 record this past weekend, the Blazers jump to 2nd place in the JWHL western conference, and a 4th overall placing. They finish with a league record of: 27 GP, 13 W, 10 L, 4 T; for 30 points overall. The next time the league will reconvene will be in Madison, Wisconsin for the JWHL Playoffs, as the Varsity Prep Blazers look to carry this momentum into March and look towards it's first JWHL league championship.
The Varsity Prep Blazers' run to the JWHL Challenge Cup championship ended today with a hard fought re-match with a strong Little Caesars team in the first semi-final of the day. In their attempt to make a final push to the title game, the Blazers fought hard in the first period and created many scoring opportunities but were unable to put the puck past the Caesar netminder. Little Caesars were able to strike first with just over two minutes remaining in the first period to take the lead. In the second period the Blazers pushed back but were unable to close the gap and would go into the third period down 3 - 0. The third period brought more inspired play by the Blazers but it was not to be on this day as they were unable to solve the Caesar goaltender.
The Blazers now look to rest up and prepare to host the JWHL from February 11 - 13, when they host the final JWHL East/West weekend with positioning up for grabs in the JWHL East and West conferences.