It was a big win for the Lacoka Bantam Warriors as they took on Wainwright, Friday Dec. 19 for a 7-3 finish.
“It was good, they put a lot of puck pressure on Wainwright,” said assistant coach Tim Falkiner.
Lacoka girls’ offense brought sustained pressure throughout the three periods as they had 45 shots on net against 19 by the opponents. “Our girls usually outshoot the opposition,” said Falkiner.
“We put pressure on the other team and force them to turn it over,” he added.
During the first period of the game Lacoka dominated and set the groundwork for their win. “They were fresh. After one goal scored on them, they scored four in a row,” said Falkiner.
During the second period, the girls backed off a little.
“They didn’t do some of the things they did in the first,” said Falkiner.
He added, during the last period, possibly because they were tired, the Lacoka girls dropped down to Wainwright’s level.
Because the team was short a few players for the game, two Peewee girls were brought up to play defense alongside the team’s usual defense. “They played really well,” said Falkiner.
“They fit right in, it was a seamless transition for them,” he added.
Falkiner says the team’s goalie (Heather Schellenberg) also played a solid game despite letting in a few goals as she played too far into the crease. However, he says her strong point is she recognized what she was doing wrong and rectified.
“She keeps us in so many games and she never quits on the puck,” Falkiner said, referring to the five shutouts the team has seen this season.