Female Mustangs score big at Wickenheiser tourney

Whitehorse's female rep hockey team gave goalies a good workout over the weekend. The Great Canadian Dollar Store Female Mustangs outshot opposing teams 150-38 in their first three games.

Whitehorse’s female rep hockey team gave goalies a good workout over the weekend.

The Great Canadian Dollar Store Female Mustangs outshot opposing teams 150-38 in their first three games at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival in Calgary, Alta.

The Mustangs opened with three straight wins before ending with two losses to Alberta’s Stettler Storm.

They finished with second place in the tournament’s Tier 3 midget division.

“The girls played awesome, keeping in mind we have a mix of bantam, peewee and midget players,” said Mustangs head coach Louis Bouchard. “We had a good game against Stettler who was an all midget team – they were big girls. And we were running a short bench with injuries and that caught up to us in the last two games.”

Along with the lopsided shots-on-net ratio came unbalanced scores in the first three games.

The Mustangs opened with a 4-0 win over N.W.T.‘s Yellowknife Wolfpack as Whitehorse logged 35 shots to Yellowknife’s 15.

Whitehorse’s Sierra Oakley scored a hat trick while teammate Devina McLeod also scored and had two assists. Destiny Taylor and Mary McBride had assists.

The Wolfpack got only one shot on net in the first period.

“They just couldn’t break it out of their end,” said Bouchard. “To be fair to N.W.T., they have a team that is similar to ours – peewees and midgets.”

The Mustangs’ bench grew short after game MVP Mykhaila McInroy suffered a broken arm when a hit from behind sent her into the boards with just 20 seconds left in the game.

“That left us short-benched for the rest of the tournament,” said Bouchard. “She’s a tough, tough kid. She didn’t even fall on her knee, just skated off the ice.”

The Mustangs then outshot Alberta’s Airdrie Lightning 47-9 in a 7-1 win. Oakley logged her second hat trick while McLeod put two more in. Maddie Nicholson and Monica Johnson also found the back of the Airdrie net.

Veteran Mustangs forward Oakley finished the tournament with seven goals and two assists, while fellow forward McLeod racked up eight goals and four assists.

“They were able to get that many points because the other lines were working hard and keeping the puck in that end,” said Bouchard.

The Mustangs finished the win-streak with a 10-2 win over Airdrie, piling 68 shots on net.

McLeod had a four-goal game while Maddie Nicholson had two. Taylor, assistant captain Sophie Janke and captain Chyanne Spenner also scored.

“(McLeod) is a new player from Aklavik (N.W.T.) originally and she’s living and going to school here,” said Bouchard. “Apparently part of her reason for moving here is the strength of our hockey program.

“She’s a very good player, nice kid. She’s learning a lot. She’s never played in a rep hockey program before.”

The Stettler Storm then rained a pair of losses onto the Mustangs.

The Storm beat Whitehorse 5-2 in the last round-robin game and then 5-1 in the gold medal game. Shots were 27-21 and 26-21 in favour of Stettler.

“It was closer than the score indicates,” said Bouchard. “We weren’t able to generate enough shots on net to challenge that goalie but we were spending more of our share of time in their end.”

McLeod scored in each game and Oakley notched one last one. Haley McConnell got on the board with an assist.

“Haley McConnell had an awesome tournament,” said Bouchard. “For a girl who just turned 12, she really impressed.”

Mustangs goalie Ali Nordahl secured the shutout in the opener and was in net in the third and fifth games. Abbigail Turner was in net for the other two.

The Wickenheiser tournament, named after Olympic women’s hockey gold-medalist Haley Wickenheiser, was the Mustangs’ first of the season and was the first time the fourth annual event was held outside of Burnaby, B.C.

Whitehorse finished fourth in midget Tier 2 division the last two years. The Female Mustangs, then the Northern Avalanche, competed in the inaugural Wickenheiser tournament in 2010, winning gold in the Tier 3 draw.

“When we were playing this weekend we were keeping a close eye on Tier 2 because we were debating whether or not to register in that division,” said Bouchard. “We can definitely play in Tier 2.”

Contact Tom Patrick at


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Benjamin Poudou, Mount MacIntyre’s ski club manager, poses for a photo in the club’s ski rental area on Nov. 16. The club has sold around 1,850 passes already this year, compared to 1067 passes on Oct. 31 last year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Early season ski pass sales up as Yukoners prepare for pandemic winter

Season passe sales at Mount McIntyre for cross-country skiing are up by around 60 per cent this year

The City of Whitehorse will be spending $655,000 to upgrade the waste heat recovery system at the Canada Games Centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New waste heat recovery system coming to the CGC

Council approves $655,000 project

Yukon First Nation Education Directorate education advocates and volunteers help to sort and distribute Christmas hamper grocery boxes outside Elijah Smith Elementary School on Feb. 23. (Rebecca Bradford Andrew/Submitted)
First Nation Education Directorate begins Christmas hamper program

Pick-ups for hampers are scheduled at local schools

Cyrine Candido, cashier, right, wipes down the new plexi-glass dividers at Superstore on March 28, before it was commonplace for them to wear masks. The Yukon government is relaunching the Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program as the second wave of COVID-19 begins to take place in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program extended to 32 weeks

More than 100 businesses in the territory applied for the first phase of the program

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Keith Lay speaks at a city council meeting on Dec. 4, 2017. Lay provided the lone submission to council on the city’s proposed $33 million capital spending plan for 2021 on Nov. 23, taking issue with a number of projects outlined. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Resident raises issues with city’s capital budget

Council to vote on budget in December

Beatrice Lorne was always remembered by gold rush veterans as the ‘Klondike Nightingale’. (Yukon Archives/Maggies Museum Collection)
History Hunter: Beatrice Lorne — The ‘Klondike Nightingale’

In June of 1929, 11 years after the end of the First… Continue reading

Samson Hartland is the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during its annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon Chamber of Mines elects new board

The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during… Continue reading

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Most Read