Tri-Port Midget Wild kick off season with gold medal performance at Nanaimo tournament

Chalk up another gold medal performance for the Tri-Port Midget Wild.

Chalk up another gold medal performance for the Tri-Port Midget Wild.

The Wild travelled down to Nanaimo to compete in Female Fall Classic tournament Oct. 5, with their first game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals at 8:15 p.m. at the NIC 2 arena.

The Wild got out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Mandy Foldy at 10:45, but the Capitals’ Lexi Liddle would answer back with a goal of her own with 3:05 left on the clock.

In the second period, the Capitals’ Paton Dorgiss would find the back of the net at 4:17, but Madison Van Will returned fire at 3:20 to tie it right back up.

The Capitals would go ahead in the third period with a goal at 18:43, but Wild sniper Bree-Anna Henderson managed to score at 14:01 (assisted by Taylor Ranger) to force a draw.

The Wild played again on Saturday at 10:45 a.m., this time against a team from Langley, and did they ever come out firing, scoring five goals over three periods, courtesy of Henderson (x2), Jessica Wadhams, Ranger, and Foldy. Assists went to Foldy, Merrick Browne, Van Will (x2), and Chloe Noel.

The Wild played again later that day at 3:15 p.m. against the Oceanside Icebreakers, and this game was definitely a close one.

Wadhams opened the scoring for the Wild at 9:02, but the Icebreakers’ Paige Innacone scored at 5:28 to tie it back up.

Wadhams scored again at 3:25, and then Mackenzie Murgatroyd scored at 2:58 to give them a 3-1 lead.

The Icebreakers would get one more goal in the third period at 17:56 thanks to Jordyn Bleaney, but that was all she wrote as the Wild held on to win 3-2.

With the win, the Wild had qualified for the gold medal game on Sunday, and it would be a rematch between the Wild and the Icebreakers.

This time the Wild left nothing to chance, scoring two goals in the second period thanks to Ranger (assisted by Henderson), and Foldy. Wild goaltender Avary Miller picked up her first shutout victory of the season. All told, it was another successful tournament for the Wild. Henderson scored three goals and one assist in four games, Foldy notched three goals and one assist, Wadhams scored three goals, and Ranger scored two goals and two assists.

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