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Fraser Valley wins a thriller in gold medal game

Fraser Valley defender Emily La Roue (5) of Surrey tries to control the puck in front of her netminder during the gold medal game at the BC Winter Games in Mission. - JOHN MORROW / BLACK PRESS
Fraser Valley defender Emily La Roue (5) of Surrey tries to control the puck in front of her netminder during the gold medal game at the BC Winter Games in Mission.
— image credit: JOHN MORROW / BLACK PRESS

The Fraser Valley (Zone 3) female hockey team capped an unbeaten run through the competition to win the gold medal at the BC Winter Games Sunday morning in Mission.

The Zone 3 team hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Fraser River Delta (Zone 4) team in a game that was in doubt until the final buzzer.

Aldergrove’s Alicia Perez put Fraser Valley ahead less than three minutes into the game. Before the first period was over, Priya Sidhu of Surrey and Alexis Kahlert of Maple Ridge upped the difference to 3-0.

Fraser River Delta replied with tallies from Hailee Piendl of New Westminster in the second period and Brunaby’s Megan Lai with six minutes remaining. Fraser River Delta then spent the final minute in the Fraser Valley zone, but were unable to force overtime.

“Coming into the tournament, on paper I think we were the favourites to win,” said Fraser Valley head coach Al Wozney. “So a lot of that pressure was on us. The girls really came together in the second game against Vancouver Island. And that shootout win propelled us through the next two games.”

A dozen players selected for the Fraser Valley squad play together on the Surrey Falcons, a Bantam A team. They were Sophia Christopherson, Emily Duchak, Emily Laroue, Nicola Murray, Danika Pasqua, Alicia Perez, Jessie Sanghe, Priya Sidhu, Sadie Stoppler, Mya Taylor and Tessa Younger

Another Falcon, Shona Bal, played for the Fraser River Delta team.

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