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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