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Pitbulls pull off win

Best exhibition game saved for last

Lockeroom Pitbulls PeeWee Female hockey team recently hosted two teams from Vancouver Island PeeWee C League in exhibition games.

The Pitbulls’ first game was a pretty even match versus Cowichan Valley. Calli-Ann Abbott was able to solve the goalie late in the first period and Pitbulls headed into the second up 1-0.

Powell River came out strong in the second with a goal at five minutes from Marissa Bolton. Leah Wilson struck three minutes later. Wilson scored again within 40 seconds. The Pitbulls were up 4-0 at the end of two periods.

Play opened up in the third and Carsyn Casparie scored six minutes in. Cowichan answered back 30 seconds later and tallied another one late in the period, but the game ended 5-2.

In Powell River tradition the two teams played a five-puck donut shoot. Both goalies played phenomenally in the shootout but Powell River netminder Claudia Piccinin came out on top to win.

The next day Sooke, one of the top teams from Vancouver Island League, made the jaunt to Powell River. Powell River’s coaches knew the girls would have to dig deep and play hard to compete in this game. The game was end-to-end play and Piccinin saw a lot of action. Sooke managed to find the mark late in the first and the period ended with the Pitbulls down 1-0.

Sooke tallied another early in the second, but the Pitbulls didn’t give up and Abbott, assisted by Casparie, cut their lead to one late in the period. The third was full of chances at both ends, but both netminders stood on their heads for their respective teams. Abbott tied the game with six minutes to go and the battle continued, until Sooke snuck one by Piccinin and won 3-2. Powell River once again owned the donut shoot.

Coaches Jodi Mastrodonato and Barb Parnham believed that was the best game the girls have ever played. They dug deep, played hard and entertained the home crowd. The Pitbulls went 3 and 1 in this season’s female hockey exhibition games.