Bantam Female Warriors raising the bar for Pink In The Rink

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Local hockey team raising funds for breast cancer research at game Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Kinsmen Arena

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey

After a successful debut, the Moose Jaw Female Bantam Warriors are ready for an even bigger Pink In The Rink.

The local hockey team will host the second annual breast cancer fundraiser during their home game against Fort Qu’Appelle Sunday (1:30 p.m., Kinsmen Arena).

Last year the team raised $2,000 at their Pink In The Rink context. This time around they’re aiming even higher.

“This year our goal is $3,000,” said Warriors left winger Josée Aitken.

“I have faith that we’re going to get it,” added Warriors captain Jensen Hammer.

The idea originated with their coach Jocelyn MacLeod. When she played CIS hockey, her St. Mary’s Huskies held a similar event.

This year the players themselves are doing the legwork to canvass local businesses for prizes and donations.

More than 45 Moose Jaw and area companies are sponsoring the event. There will be raffle tables, door prizes, gift baskets, a 50-50 draw and a puck toss between periods.

“Hopefully we can touch people’s lives who are affected by cancer with some of the things that we do,” said Hammer, a 14-year-old centre.

Patty Stewart, a cancer survivor, will accept a post-game cheque on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

If anyone interested in supporting the cause is unable to attend the game, they can go to the Moose Jaw Female Bantam Warriors page on facebook for a link to donate.

So far it’s been a successful season on the ice for the Warriors in South Sask Female Hockey League. Their recent 9-2 win over the Regina Capitals leaves them with a 17-3-1 record heading into Sunday’s game.

Hammer had three goals and two assists in the win over Regina, while Kate Scidmore added two goals and two assists. Charly Nolting had two goals an assist for the Warriors, while Tannis Carle added a goal and an assist. Ryann Bundus had the other Warrior goal.

Organizations: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.If, South Sask Female Hockey League

Geographic location: Fort Qu’Appelle, Moose Jaw

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