Female midget regional team wins BC and will now play Alberta

BC champs crowned last weekend are now heading to Edmonton with the chance to play in the nationals on the line

The B.C. champion Thompson Okanagan Rockets celebrate after winning the B.C. female major midget league last weekend. The Rockets are off to Edmonton to play the defending national champion Edmonton female hockey team with a chance to advance to the national championship.

The Thompson Okanagan Female Midget AAA Rockets have advanced to the Pacific female hockey championship and are one step away from the national female midget championships.

The midget AAA Rockets defeated the Kootenay Wildcats in three games in a best-of-three playoff series to claim the 2010-2011 B.C. Female Midget AAA Championship.

The Rockets came out a bit slow in Game one on Friday as Kootenay won the first game of the series 3-1. Emily Gervais scored the only goal for the Rockets who were faced with a do or die game the very next day.

The Rockets regrouped during the day and came out strong in Game two on Saturday and defeated the Wildcats by a score of 3-2. Maggie Shykula Ross, Mackenzie Barrie and Kelsey Freudenberger did the scoring for the Rockets as they forced a third and deciding game three

A large crowd was on hand Sunday to watch the very exciting final game.

After the first period the Rockets had a 2-1 lead but Kootenay tied the game in the second period and the teams would go to the third knotted at 2-02.

The Rockets scored the eventual game winner part way through the third period and then aggressively played the rest of the game to keep the Wildcats out of their zone and were victorious to win the BC FMAAA 2010-2011 Provincial Championship.

Scoring for the Rockets was Bre Frasca, Colby Williams and Emily Gervais who had the winning gaol in the 3-2 victory.

The Rockets team consists of players and staff from Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, Westside, Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

The team now heads to Edmonton for the Pacific Midget Championships where the sledding will be extremely tough. The Rockets will face off against host team the Edmonton Thunder, who swept Okanagan in last year’s regional and are looking to claim their third straight Pacific Female Midget Championship title. If they do that Edmonton will become the only team in Esso Cup history to make three straight appearances at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

The Esso Nationals are April 17 to 23.

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