Falcons land on top
In a fitting end to a remarkable season, the Surrey Falcons defeated the North Shore Avalanche 5-1 Thursday in the final of the B.C. female bantam A hockey championships.
The Falcons were up 2-0 after the first period at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John, and built on that lead with two more goals in the second and one in the third.
Mya Taylor and Langley’s Danika Pasqua each scored twice, while linemate Jessie Sanghe had a goal and two assists. Emily Duchak added two assists, and Chelsea Humphreys had one. Rosetta Maggio was a standout in net.
The Falcons — with players from Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge — opened the provincials Sunday with a 5-1 win over South Island. Emma Hall had two goals and an assist for Surrey. Taylor also scored twice. Alicia Perez had the other goal. Langley’s Beverly Lynch earned the win in net.
The Falcons then defeated North Shore 4-3 Monday morning.
That night, Surrey downed host team Clearview 8-0. The Falcons defeated Williams Lake 6-2 on Tuesday.
Surrey remained undefeated at the provincials with a 4-3 win over Castlegar on Wednesday, securing a berth in the championship final. Surrey cruised to a 5-0 win over Kamloops in the morning Thursday. North Shore, as the top seed and Lower Mainland playoff champion, did not have to play another game that day.
The final was a rough affair, but North Shore could not match the energy or determination of the Falcons, who killed off 16 minutes in penalties and contained the Avalanche’s potent offence.
“The girls were determined throughout the week to come out on top,” said Falcons assistant coach Boyd Stoppler. “Everyone contributed and put the team first. They refused to be denied of the championship. It’s a very special group.”
The Falcons finished second in league play and second in the playoffs, behind North Shore. The Falcons won the Superhearts tournament.
The Falcons went 7-0 at the provincials to claim the Surrey female association’s second B.C. banner.