Powell River Ice Cats beat their own expectations at the Las Vegas Women’s Hockey Classic last month, according to team member Jodi McMillan Mastrodonato.
“We went down there with the goal first of all of just getting a goal,” she said. “Then our second goal was to win a game.”
They ended up being undefeated in their first four games, beating Phoenix in the opener 3-0, followed by 1-0 wins over Colorado, Jacksonville and Alaska. When they met Jacksonville again in the gold medal final, their fifth game in 72 hours, they lost 3-0, achieving second place overall in their league in the tournament.
“That our goalie got four shutouts is incredible,” said Mastrodonato of the team’s netminder, Sneeta Takhar. “It’s a testament to our defence and to our team.”
The group is already thinking to the future.
“We’re now planning on doing a Canadian-style outdoor hockey tournament,” said Mastrodonato. “Then, the following year, we’ll go somewhere warm again.”