Strikers’ winning weekend

Three quarters of the Quesnel Strikers four teams made the provincials in the first weekend of June.

U16 boys’ Nathan Erickson-Smith puts it past the Prince George defence.

Three quarters of the Denny’s Strikers were victorious over the weekend opening the doors to the Provincial ‘B’ Cup.

The U16 boys dominated the Prince George team here in Quesnel, on Sunday, May 3.

In the morning game, the Denny’s Strikers were on near perfect form, dominating the game, only letting one goal sneak in, while scoring nearly at will for a 10-1 win. In the afternoon game, they played equally well, managing eight goals while the goaltender played a perfect game, not letting the ball get past him even once.

“We played really well, dictated the play and tempo and did well finishing,” Coach Kam Dosanjh said, adding they played cleanly not receiving a single yellow card.

The U16 girls also went 2 and 0 on the weekend, winning both games against 100 Mile House, in 100 Mile House, 2-1 last Sunday.

“100 Mile gave us two very good games in equally tough rainy conditions,” Coach Iain Brown said.

The U14 girls had a bit of a harder time at it, playing two games to a draw against Prince George on their hometown turf on the Saturday. After two tough games that didn’t fall one way or the other, the decision was forced in a penalty kick shoot out.

The teams were so evenly matched they stayed tied until the last shots were fired. Haley Schotel stopped P.G.’s 6th shooter while Katie Young stepped up to secure the win for Quesnel.

The U14 boys were the only Quesnel team not to make provincials, losing both games against Prince George. The team, which struggled to find itself for most of the season, came together beautifully for their first game against the bigger Prince George team, ending up on top 1-0 after the first half, with a 3-1 final in favour of P.G.

“They were definitely a team to reckon with in the first game.  I know we surprised Prince George,” coach Judy Samiet said.

The second game didn’t go so well for the Quesnel team, who lost 7-1.

The two girls teams will be going on to provincials in Kelowna, while the U16 boys will be headed to Aldergrove for their provincials.

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