Checkers take Mountain Women’s Hockey League title
The Mountain Women’s Hockey League concluded its first season with a championship tournament last weekend that produced a few surprises.
The First Bank Checkers, who finished last during the regular season, upset the top-seeded Gore Range Brewery Brewsers, 1-0, in the championship.
Earlier in the tournament, the Brewsers and Checkers had played to a scoreless tie. The pairings for the championship game were not determined until a win by the Brewsers gave the Checkers the next highest qualifying total. A tie by the Brewsers would have produced a different final pairing.
The winning goal was scored by Mella Wheatley with assists from Laura Fawcett and Deb Jordan.
“The women were determined to end the season on a high note,” said Checkers coach Rob Fawcett, “And they worked really hard for all four games. The players understood the importance of playing good defensive hockey and the closeness of the games is an indication of how evenly matched all the teams were.”
In the earlier consolation game, the Benderly Economics Eagles defeated the Buckhorn Valley Wild, 3Ð1.
League awards were also given out to the Jenny D’Orazio (most goals scored); Kristina “Gus” Turner (most assists); D’Orazio (Most Valuable Player); Nicollette Dais (Most Valuable Defender) and Most Improved Player – Jen Waluk.
Each team also acknowledged its best players with awards.
Gore Range Brewery Brewsers – Most Valuable Player, Turner; Most Valuable Defender, Alicia Pribramsky; Most Improved Player, Waluk and Team Spirit Award, Mara McTavish.
First Bank Checkers – Most Valuable Players, Jordan and Laura Fawcett; Most Valuable Defense, BJ Garcia; Most Improved Player, Cindy Wentzel and Team Spirit Award, Sheryl Rebitzke.
Benderly Economic Eagles – Most Valuable Player, D’Orazio; Most Valuable Defense Ð Jan Osteen; Most Improved Player Ð Erica Yoshimoto and Team Spirit Award. Jill Suarez
Buckhorn Valley Wild – Most Valuable Player, Karen Karp; Most Valuable Defense, Nicollette Dais; Most Improved Player, Kristen Mehan and Anissa Bollard and Team Spirit Award, Sande Garton.
The Mountain Women’s Hockey League is in its inaugural year and was formed to offer novice and intermediate women players who live in the central Rocky Mountain region the opportunity to learn and play ice hockey without having to travel long distances for practices or games. Players came from Eagle, Edwards, Vail, the Colorado River area of Eagle County and Summit County. The league provided coaching and instruction, training camps and skill development, league play and this final tournament culminating a season which began last October.
For more information regarding the next MWHL season which will begin in the fall, e-mail MWHL@comcast.net.