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Kelowna female midgets show heart of gold in placing second at midget provincials

Members of the Kelowna Rockets are (from back to front, left to right):  Jade Banman (C), Jasmin Sears (A), Doug Lobay (Asst Coach), Dennis Koch (Head Coach), Rachel Lobay, Kennedy Kneller (A), Megan Bradford, Mikaela Clarkson, Lauren Carson, Tiana Stuart, Naomi Yamaoka, Sara Vicaretti, Hannah Koch, Alana Attew, Jenny Kenny, Ashley Mak, Lauren Hume, Cassie Strymecki, Kirsten Wiltshire, Julie Humphries.  - Contributed
Members of the Kelowna Rockets are (from back to front, left to right):  Jade Banman (C), Jasmin Sears (A), Doug Lobay (Asst Coach), Dennis Koch (Head Coach), Rachel Lobay, Kennedy Kneller (A), Megan Bradford, Mikaela Clarkson, Lauren Carson, Tiana Stuart, Naomi Yamaoka, Sara Vicaretti, Hannah Koch, Alana Attew, Jenny Kenny, Ashley Mak, Lauren Hume, Cassie Strymecki, Kirsten Wiltshire, Julie Humphries.
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The medals they won at the female midget tier 1 provincials may be silver, but a group of Kelowna midget female hockey players showed they had hearts of gold in a cinderella run all the way to the final of the midget tier 1 provincials in Salmon Arm.

The Kelowna midget tier 1 Rockets arrived at provincials as a young club hoping they could put in a respectable and competitive tournament and left bearing silver medals after a week of intense competition.

Kelowna fell 6-1 to Richmond in the provincial final this week as the veteran-laden Richmond club completed a perfect week without a loss.

The Rockets lost just three times all week: Twice to Richmond and once to the host Salmon Arm club but for the most part played a stellar tournament.

The team began the five day tournament on Monday with a 2-1 win over Vancouver Island, setting the tone for the week.

Then came two straight losses to Richmond and Salmon Arm before the tide turned in a 10-1 win over Whitehorse.

Kelowna would then shutout Windermere Valley by a 2-0 count setting the stage for what was a must win against Surrey that saw the Rockets play a relentless and intense game and come out on top 2-1 advancing to the tournament final against Richmond.

Kelowna scored the first goal of the final but saw Richmond score six unanswered goals to earn the win.

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