Sonya Strang of the Port McNeill Downpour (44) cuts off a rush by Barb Callander of the Comox Breakers during Sunday's championship game in the annual Port Hardy Wild Women's hockey tournament.

Sonya Strang of the Port McNeill Downpour (44) cuts off a rush by Barb Callander of the Comox Breakers during Sunday's championship game in the annual Port Hardy Wild Women's hockey tournament.

Downpour reigns over women’s tournament

PORT HARDY-Moore's hat trick, Yorke's shutout propel Port McNeill club to title of Port Hardy Wild Women's hockey tourney

PORT HARDY—Outside Don Cruickshank Arena Sunday afternoon, a weekend’s worth of heavy rain finally gave way to sunny skies.

Inside the arena, the Downpour was still going strong.

Ashlynne Moore scored a hat trick and Nicole Yorke pitched a shutout in goal as the Port McNeill Downpour romped to the championship of the Port Hardy Wild Women’s tournament with a 5-0 victory over the Comox Breakers.

Moore netted a pair of first-period goals, which proved more than enough to secure the win, and capped her hat trick with another score at 17:38 of the second.

In between, Chelsey Jones added two goals as the Downpour completed a four-game, unbeaten run through the seven-game tourney. Aleta Rushton had two assists in the win.

The host Wild faced the Nanaimo Black Ice for the second time in the tournament in the fourth-place game. Nanaimo punched home four first-period goals and held on for a 4-2 victory, reprising its 4-1 win over the Wild in Friday’s opening round.

Ashley Smith briefly tied the game 1-1 for the Wild with her second-effort shot from the slot at 7:30 of the first period. After Nanaimo extended its lead to 4-1, Rosie Dugas tallied with 5:30 to play to provide the final margin.

The Breakers needed a shootout to gain a spot opposite the Downpour in the championship final. Facing the Courtenay Whalers in a meeting of the No. 2 and No. 3 tournament seeds, the Breakers prevailed on the fourth shootout shot to advance.

 

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