Four days after celebrating the Canada West championship, three Kelowna hockey products have their sights set on winning national gold.
Sarah Casorso, Christi Capozzi and Stephanie Schaupmeyer are all members of the UBC Thunderbirds at this week’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s hockey championship in Toronto.
The No. 4-ranked Thunderbirds will play their opening game at 4:30 Pacific time on Friday.
Other teams competing are the University of Montreal, St. FX, Queen’s, Univerisity of Calgary, and the host Toronto Varsity Blues.
The T’Birds’ 2012-13 Cinderella season continued last weekend in Vancouver, as UBC captured its first ever Canada West title with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Dinos.
The T’Birds, who also scored a dramatic double overtime win in Game 2, won the best-of-three series 2-1.
“This team is an inspiration,” said UBC coach Graham Thomas. “They epitomize the word team. They believed so much in each other and had one common goal, to make their university proud, to bring home a banner and bring respect to the UBC women’s hockey program.”
A Canada West all-star on defence, Capozzi, is in her fourth season with the Thunderbirds, while fellow defender Casorso is in her third season of Canada West play. Capozzi (4 goals, 15 assists) and Casorso (4 goals, 20 assists) have been defensive partners since their early days of minor hockey in Kelowna.
The 5-foot-9 Schaupmeyer (7 goals, 15 assists) is finishing up her rookie season with UBC.