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Whalers women's hockey team takes second at Port McNeill tourney

The Courtenay Whalers women's hockey team was on the road again this past weekend, taking the trek up-Island for the annual Port McNeill Downpour hockey tournament.

Their first game Friday night against the Port Hardy Juice Heads was full of great end-to-end action. The Whalers were able to find the back of the net more often and that resulted in a 5-2 win for the Whalers.

Saturday morning the ladies met the Port Hardy Wild. The Whalers were a much stronger team and came out of that game with another win.

Later on Saturday they played the home team, Port McNeill Downpour. The Whalers kept the opposing team at bay during the first period, only to have them score twice in the second.

With some quick thinking and line changes the Whalers got back in the game during the third and scored twice to tie it up.  Final score was 2-2 and the Whalers were heading to the finals on Sunday.

Sunday's game started off on the right foot, with the Whalers putting two in the net quickly during the first period. That lead was short lived though and after some tough penalty calls and a couple of questionable recalled goals, the Whalers couldn't get organized again and frustrations ran high.  Final score for the game was 8-3 for the opposing team, the Victoria Furies.

But after some reminiscing in the locker room about the fun times had during the weekend, the Whalers left Port McNeill with smiles on their faces and look forward to the next big tourney weekend in Campbell River happening in April.

The Whalers' season is starting to wind down with only a few scheduled on ice events left. They thank both their sponsors, Ecofish Research Ltd. and Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC.

You can come cheer them on this Sunday during an inter-squad game at 3:15 p.m. at Sports Centre Arena 1.


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