Online Banquet - Day Eight, News (West Oxford Inferno Girls Hockey)

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Online Banquet - Day Eight
Submitted By Kerry Garton on Monday, May 4, 2020
Midget C

Midget C Season in review

Pink the Rink – October

Made it to the finals for our division all the while struggling to score. Ella Baker as always would be the ultimate equalizer not letting in any cheap goal keeping us in every game.

That tournament was indicative to the whole season. Hard work, good defense, solid goaltending… tough luck around the other teams net. Not for a lack of trying, it just seemed like we never managed to get the dirty goals.

That said, it never seemed phase them. The girls seemed to jell as a team early on and certainly enjoyed the off-ice connections as much as the results on the ice. Acting as cheerleaders for each other on the bench was always nice to watch. The change room disco ball and booming music with all the girls singing along is one of my best memories.

That is what hockey is all about! Building friendships, having laughs and getting on the ice as a team supporting each other. Made the coaches proud!

Esso Awards

As is true every season, we could substitute several girls into these categories and not be wrong. We were lucky to have a team full of “Most Dedicated” girls that never failed to show up for practice and games prepared to give their all! Probably 3-4 others that made the “Most Sportsmanlike” choice hard to make. And for sure there was a team full of “Most Improved” as I watched all the girls develop their skills and improve as the season rolled along.

But alas.. these girls came to mind as a bit above when the coaches debated the choices.

Most Dedicated – Brittany Main – Brit was new to the team this season and she fit right in which a complement to her personality. She proved her work ethic by showing up every game and practice and working hard. Brit took coaching advice to heart and would try whatever we asked of her. Score of the game did not matter she would always play to the final buzzer.

Most Sportsmanlike – Fiona Kersal – I think Fi only took one penalty this season and likely caused by hard work. Fi was a stand out on defense this season being very aggressive at the offensive blueline keeping pucks in the zone. It is great to see a player being as aggressive on the puck in both ends of the ice and more often than not come up with the puck…and not go to the box. It’s an accomplishment for sure. All the while, Fi always played with a smile on her face.

Most Improved – Sophie Zegers - Sophie came into the season having progressed every year as all of the girls do. You never know who will surprise you once it’s all over and I think Sophie fits that bill for us this year. As mentioned earlier, scoring seemed to be a struggle at times and as the year went on Sophie seemed to find her touch around the net. She had 2 multi-goal games and the season highlight for her I would say was a penalty shot game winner.

Congrats and thank-you to all of you girls for a great season cut short just as we were hitting our stride. Winning I think 6 or 7 of our last 10!!

You were a JOY to coach and wish you all the best next season.


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