The Moose Jaw Female Bantam Warriors were winners on and off the ice Sunday.
The local team skated to a 5-1 win over the Fort Qu’Appelle Flyers during their annual Pink In The Rink game and expect to have raised close to $2,000 with the breast cancer fundraiser.
After the game the team presented a cheque for $1,245 to Patty Stewart, a cancer survivor whose daughter plays midget hockey in city. Stewart accepted the cheque on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
“We’re hoping to be around $2,000,” said Warriors coach Jocelyn MacLeod. “We had some other cheques and some donations online that we have counted yet, so I’m thinking around $2,000.”
More than 45 Moose Jaw and area companies are sponsoring the event that featured a prize table, a 50-50 draw, puck tosses between periods and other prizes up for grabs.
The work to stock the prize table, raise funds and promote the event was all done by the players on the team.
“The girls have been running around town asking all of the businesses for donations,” said MacLeod. “They were also responsible for making all of the posters around the rink and setting up the raffle table and getting people to work it. They really did everything.”
While the money raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was the driving force behind the event, the life skills the players learned was a great side benefit.
“Some of the girls had to come out of their shell a little bit,” said MacLeod. “One of the girls was responsible for the media. She had to do interviews and she was really excited after. She had never done an interview before and now she has done four or five and she thinks she’s going to be a media guru by the end.”
On the ice Sunday, the Warriors scored four goals in the second period to break open the game. Harper Rae scored a power play goal in the first period and Tannis Carle added a power play goal in the second to double the lead.
Carle, Ryann Bundus and Jensen Hammer scored to put the Warriors ahead 5-0 after the second period.
Hammer added three assists, while Bundus, Kate Scidmore, Sarah Joa and Mikayla Swallow also had an assist each.
“They put together the systems we’ve been working on, which is nice to see,” said MacLeod. “They were getting some shots and finishing on net. That has been a challenge this year. It nice to see that they were picking corners and getting pucks past that goalie — who was pretty good.”
Sam Downton had her shutout bid foiled with 8:51 left in the third period, but she finished with 17 saves to earn the win.
The win improves the Warriors’ record to 18-3-1 in the South Sask Bantam Female Hockey League.