Prairie Thunder ready to host all female tournament

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Brooks and County of Newell Prairie Thunder Female Hockey Association will be hosting their first ever all female hockey tournament Dec. 7-9 at the Sparrow Arena in the JBS Canada Center, the Centennial Regional Arena and Friday Night Games in Tilley.
Female hockey players will be coming to compete in four divisions: Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget.
Prairie Thunder will be hosting a variety of teams from all over the province including squads from Irvine, Okotoks, Calgary, Stettler and even teams from as far away as Edmonton and Rosetown.
We are very excited to be hosting such a large tournament and able to showcase all levels of female hockey players. Our very own Prairie Thunder female teams will have a team competing in each division and promise to have some exciting games,” said Laura Lukye.
On Dec. 7 the Prairie Thunder Bantam team will be helping with the Teddy Bear Toss at the Brooks Bandits game and all teams invited to the tournament are invited to the Bandits game.
Prairie Thunder Female Hockey Association was started in the summer of 2013 to promote and develop female hockey within the County of Newell. Prairie Thunder has now expanded and welcome players from Southern Alberta such as from Medicine Hat, Vauxhall, Taber, Lomond and many other communities.
“We have hosted provincials twice in the six years and each year hope to recruit more females to play this amazing sport. We want to encourage females to come try this sport and hope to see our numbers increase for next year,” said Lukye.
Anyone wanting more information on the program should contact vpprairiethunder@brooksminorhockey.com
With only one game slated the past week, the Brooks Minor Hockey Peewee A team made sure it was exciting for their fans.
They competed against Medicine Hat on Saturday at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks.
These teams have met twice before with each team pulling off a win. So with the tie breaker game on the line each team fought hard for that win.
The Brooks peewees took some time to get warmed up and were down four goals going into the second period.
Coach Watson’s calling a timeout was the turning point for the game. The players regrouped and were ready to fight back.
Brooks started to capitalize on their scoring chances and were working together as a team. They slowly took a bite out of Medicine Hat’s lead and tied the game going into the third period.
In the third period Brooks was dominating the play and they took the lead but that lead didn’t last long. Medicine Hat came back and netted the tying goal with only three minutes left. The game ended with a score of 6-6 with Brooks outshooting Medicine Hat 55-32.
Kayden Yeaman and Camden Cunningham both put up two goals and one assist in the game.
The Prairie Thunder Atom team travelled to Okotoks for two games.
Their first game was against Okotoks Green in Black Diamond.
The girls came out strong and never gave up and took the game 9-1.
The team worked well together and Okotoks had a hard time getting the puck down in the Prairie Thunder’s end.
Kinsley Watson and Beth Burton were the top scores in the game but the highlight was the defensive play by Presley Dyck, Karissa Harris and Brooklyn Davis.
Saturday Prairie Thunder took on Okotoks Gold in a high scoring game. Prairie Thunder came away with the win, 15-0, with Lily Smith getting the shut out.
The girls had some amazing passing and worked hard for the win. Dru Wilson and Josie Bouchard led the team in assists and were great play makers. Brynn VanMetre and Kylie Smith were a help for the team as they affiliate for the games due to sickness.