Shutout decides hockey jamboree

The Black Widows scored a 3-0 shut out win over the Wonder Women in the final of the fourth annual Whitehorse Women’s Christmas Hockey Jamboree at Takhini Arena.

The Wonder Women felt the spider’s bite on Saturday.

The Black Widows scored a 3-0 shut-out win over the Wonder Women in the final of the fourth annual Whitehorse Women’s Christmas Hockey Jamboree at Takhini Arena.

The Black Widows’ win came after an inauspicious start to the tournament, losing to the Wonder Women in their first game on Friday. The Widows didn’t get their first win until their third game – the beginning of a three-game win streak.

On the other side of the coin, the Wonder Women entered the final undefeated.

“We had a lot of advice from our advanced players, giving advice to our beginner players on positioning and communicating well on the ice,” said Black Widows’ Vanessa Bogaert. “Women like to talk, but when we’re out there on the ice we’re pretty quiet. So we’re always trying to get people to talk.”

Widows’ Danielle Hodgson put in the game-winning goal – unassisted – with 1:05 left in the first period. It was quickly followed up by a goal from Cheri Malo 30 seconds later, assisted by team MVP Laura Grieve.

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“She had a lot of goals and a lot of assists,” said Bogaert of Grieve.

Bogaert scored in the third period, assisted by Hodgson.

Amy Gill got the shut out in net for the Black Widows and was named Top Goalie in the tournament. Gill was also named her team’s MVP at last year’s jamboree.

In the bronze game the Atomic Betties took a 5-3 win over the Vixens after taking a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Atomic Betties MVP Sue Hamilton had two goals, including the game-winner, assisted by Cheryl Rivest. Rivest also scored, as did teammates Veronique Theriault, and Janelle Favron.

Talyce Henkel scored twice for the Vixens and Katherine MacKellor got the third. Helping with assists were Jennifer Russel, Haley Tomlin and Vixens MVP Joelle Hodgins.

Receiving the Most Sportsmanlike awards were Helen McCullough for the Black Widows, Tyya Wilkinson for Wonder Women, Jenny Cretney for Atomic Betties, and Ali Nordahl, the youngest player in the tournament, for the Vixens.

Kylie Bird was named MVP for the Wonder Women.

Teams were assembled specifically for the tournament, largely with players from the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey League.

“It was great,” said Bogaert, who is the president of the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association. “With all the volunteers and the committee doing everything they did – it was a lot of work. But I think it was worthwhile. We had a lot of great sponsors and we didn’t have any issues with anything. Everything went off without a hitch.

“A lot of people were pretty sore by the end of it. Five games in 24 hours can be quite brutal, especially if you get injured in one of the first games and you play injured. But it was fun.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com