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Local team caps successful cancer fundraiser with 11-0 win

The Moose Jaw Female Bantam Warriors put hours of work into making the third annual Pink In The Rink a success.

They weren't about to start slacking off on the ice.

The Warriors raised $2,180 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and went on to beat the Regina Cougars 11-0 Sunday at the Bert Hunt.

"We definitely came out to play today," said Alex Gray from the Warriors who scored three goals and added a pair of assists.

The day was more significant for Gray because her grandmother is a cancer survivor.

"It means something more than just another game of hockey for me, supporting my grandma and knowing what she went through," said Gray who smiled when adding: "She's good now."

The Warriors were more than good on the ice. They were extremely excited about the game and that was bad news for the Cougars. The home side scored four goals in the first 9:12 and led 6-0 after a period.

"That was definitely the hardest warm-up I've seen them do," said Warriors assistant coach Jocelyn MacLeod. "They were definitely amped up and ready to go. As coaches we were a little worried that they were maybe a little too excited, but they capitalized on every shot they had and did well."

Jaylan Nimegeers had two goals and three assists for Moose Jaw, while Josée Aitken added two goals and an assist and Lybbi Robart also scored twice. Breanna Shaw and Rhaea Gilroy each scored a goal and Jennifer Mayson, Alex Foreman and Talia King each had assists. Sidney Nelson posted the shutout for the Warriors.

Both teams used pink stick tape and the Bert Hunt Arena was decorated with pink signs and posters.

"The rink looks amazing and the girls planned it all," said MacLeod. "They got all of the donations and they definitely worked hard on the ice to earn that win. So I'm pretty proud of them."

"Over three years this team has fundraised around $6,600, so that's pretty amazing."

MacLeod, head coach Cory Murphy and assistant Rob Aitken put the responsibility on the players to do all of the leg work to make the event come together.

"I'm proud that they got to learn new skills," said MacLeod. "A couple of the girls got to work with the media, a couple of girls have been working on thank you cards. They set up the rink, contacting the City to make sure we can book the rink. They're learning new stuff that they haven't had to do before.

"I was really proud of the turnout and the way the community gave back. They showed up and cheered our girls on."

After the game Gray symbolically accepted the cheque for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in honour of her grandma.

"All of the support was great," said Gray.

Organizations: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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