Bantam Lightning hockey team captures provincial title
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:08 am
The Airdrie Lightning female bantam hockey team concluded its season in the best way possible on March 23 in Sherwood Park, as it took home the provincial Bantam Female A championship with a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Voltage.
“It was a spectacular way to finish things off,” Team Manager Deb Goetjen said. “All of the teams that were there at the provincials were very well matched all weekend, and the team was really gunning to win the title.”
“I think it is going to take a while for everything to sink in for everyone that’s involved with the team,” she added.
The Lightning, who were one of eight teams competing in the tournament from March 21 to 23, had a perfect 5-0 record on its way to taking home the title, which it clinched in a hard-fought final with the Voltage.
“The final had a lot faster pace and it was a lot more physical than the other games the girls had played during the provincials,” Goetjen said. “That added a little bit of an extra intensity to the game, especially since it was for a title.”
“The girls on our team were on their game right from the start though, and it was like that for them all weekend long,” she added. “Their passing and their movement around the ice was impressive to watch, and I think that was a big part in how they got the win.”
Meanwhile, the Airdrie Peewee Lightning team captured a silver medal at the provincials in Bonneyville on March 23, as it suffered a 7-2 setback to the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association.
“I was talking to the girls after the game, and I don’t think they realized what a big deal it is for them to get a silver medal,” team manager Carla Wilkie said. “There are so many teams around the province that don’t even have a chance to make it to an event like this, and for these girls, it’s really something that they might not have a chance to experience again,” she added.