The Cariboo League players may not be miners, but they still hit gold and silver on the long weekend at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup.
The U16 boys and girls Denny’s Strikers were the successful gold miners, finishing the weekend without a single goal against. The U14 girls Denny’s Strikers hit the silver vein losing only one game in the four-game weekend.
“Obviously it was a successful tourney,” coach of the U16 boys, Kam Dosanjh, said.
“We didn’t allow one goal. The boys played very disciplined with no yellow cards shown to us, and as well we only had one sub all weekend so the effort each player put in was enormous.”
The boys logged a 4-0 win against Prince George, a 1-0 win over Terrace, 7-0 domination of Revelstoke and 2-0 win versus Campbell River.
Beside the tremendous play of his team, Dosanjh was also pleased with their demeanor.
“I was quite happy with the fact that after each game the other team would comment on our sportsmenship and team play.”
The U16 girls were equally successful as the boys, matching their output during the rest of the year, and came away with three wins and a tie on the weekend; which was good enough to net them top spot in the tournament.
Mission was the only problem over the weekend for the girls. Down one point late in the second half, the girls showed they had the grit to stay in it with a rally that saw Hannah Rogger boot the ball to the back of the goal to tie it up and keep their losses to zero.
The U14 girls played steady all weekend, including a very physical game against Kelowna in which they managed to keep their composure and win, stumbling only on the final game to end the weekend with a three wins and a single loss. The silver medal was a sweet palate cleanser after the single loss to Penticton in the finals.
The U12 girls managed a top three spot over the weekend despite a hard start against Terrace, which the Quesnel team lost 2-0 despite playing well.
“It was a hard fought game, the girls were in it ’till the end, but were unable to find the back of the net,” coach Mike Giesbrecht said.
Despite the loss the girls were not discouraged, and managed to take he bronze with a 2-2 record.
The U14 boys were the only Quesnel Denny’s Strikers team that didn’t fair well on the weekend, losing all four of their matches.