Female midgets claim Island hockey banner

Port McNeill skater helps North Island Extreme run the table and earn berth in Female Midget A hockey provincials.

Gazette staff

Port McNeill defenseman Samantha Dutcyvich and the rest of her North Island Extreme teammates are headed to the provincial hockey championships after rolling to the Female Midget A title in Victoria in February.

The Extreme blasted Kerry Park 10-1 in the first round-robin game of the playoffs, then outlasted the South Island Breakers with three straight close wins — 3-2 in the round-robin, and 4-1 and 2-1 in a best-of-3 finals series — to claim the Female Midget A championship banner and a berth at provincials.

The provincial tournament will be held Mar. 20-25 in Invermere Valley.

“We didn’t have a league to play in, so all year the coach and I scrambled to put together exhibition games,” said Kim Dutcyvich, manager for the Extreme program. “We’ve traveled to the States, been in an international tournament and a showcase in the States, played in a tournament in Cranbrook.

“In the face of adversity like this, these girls were hugely successful.”

The team is made up of players from Port McNeill, Campbell River, Courtenay, Powell River, Port Alberni and Nanaimo, and played its “home” games in several arenas.

When formed last fall, the squad expected to be slotted into a league with Tier 2 and 3 bantam teams, and did play exhibition games against several such teams on Vancouver Island.

But the North Island Eagles bantams declined to face the Extreme in a non-hitting game, head coach Mike Bell saying it would be unfair to ask his team to dial back on the style of play it was trained for.

Coincidentally, the Eagles bantams also won their tier’s Island championship and will play in the provincial finals in Smithers at the same time the Extreme are in East Kootenay.

The Extreme will get in one more exhibition game this weekend, against the Breakers, but will have to travel to Victoria to play it.

“It’s been a challenging year,” Kim Dutcyvich said. “But it’s a great group of girls. They’ve handled it so well.”

 

Just Posted

Port McNeill cannabis committee to recommend to mayor and council designated zones for commercial marijuana agriculture

The committee unanimously voted for cannabis cultivation in M-1 (Mine Road), M-2, and A-1 zones.

Cafe Guido manager spills the beans on new coffee shop drive-thru

“The core drink menu is the same, but there will be new drinks - new cold drinks and new food”

Arrest made in Port Alice mail bomb incident

A 73 year old resident of Whitehorse, Yukon, was arrested on September 13th and remains in custody.

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read