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Courtenay Whalers keep game close
On Saturday Jan. 25, the Whalers made it to Port Alberni despite the foggy roads and were greeted with a much younger and faster host.
Hockey being the fastest growing sport in Canada for women, it is unusual to find many experienced players in their mid-thirties and up. Most "older" ladies joined hockey in their adult life and face the continual challenge of learning this new sport.
Needless to say our Whalers probably presented a much higher age average than the fresh out of high school Alberni team. The experience, skills and fitness demonstrated by the Whalers counterparts was impressive if not at times overwhelming, but at least the intensity level by both teams was a definitely a good match.
The Whalers were able to minimize the damages with a constant effort by all their players. Netminder Megan Canning kept the team in the game from the drop of the puck in the first period until the much-needed buzzer at the end of the game. She blocked, caught, dove, flopped and got up again, frustrating the opposition to no end! Thanks to Canning, the final score was an acceptable 2-1 for Alberni.
Next game for the Whalers will be Saturday, Feb. 1 against no other than Port Alberni. Puck drop 7 p.m. at Sports Centre #1.
– Courtenay Whalers