The word on the street last year was that Slave Lake’s senior women’s hockey team was playing at a level too low for their capabilities. The Kodiaks apparently thought so too, because this year the team has entered in the upper tier of the Peace Country Female Hockey League. And so far, so good. They won a season-opening tournament in Hythe and Grande Prairie on the Oct. 21st weekend. Then on Oct. 28, opening the regular season at home against Fort. St. John, the team battled for a 5 – 2 victory. The next day they eked out a 3 – 2 win.
“A combination of nerves and a strong FSJ team set the Kodiaks back on their heels for the first 10 minutes of the game,” says the report on the team’s Facebook page. Things got better from there, with the result as noted above. Slave Lake goals were by Michelle Holmes (2), Alley Strickland, Ashley Griffith and Kristen Malone.
“Megan Melnyczuk came up with some key saves in the game to keep the Kodiaks ahead and helped them secure the win,” says the social media report.
“Solid defence,” was credited in Sunday’s one-goal win, with “a strong showing by goalie Randi Morissette,” and goals by Paige Foster and Holmes.
Coming up for the Kodiaks are a Nov. 19 game in Peace River against the Sharks and a Saturday, Nov. 25 home game against the Hythe Colts.
The Kodiaks facing off against the Grovedale Vipers.