G Force Diesel wins championship

By Jamie Harkins

March 28, 2017 12:00 AM

LEAGUE LEADERS The Lloydminster G Force Diesel Blazers celebrate their East Central Alberta Female Hockey League championship at Robert B. Holmes Memorial Arena last Wednesday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster G Force Diesel Blazers weathered 50 final minutes of all-out attack by the Lloydminster Wizard Well Servicing Blazers to win the 2016-17 East Central Alberta Female Hockey League peewee championship.
“There were a lot of shots and it was just so nerve wracking,” said G Force Diesel goaltender Shaye Thompson. “I really wanted to win this game. I just tried my hardest and whatever came at me I tried to stop.”
G Force centre Maddison Leighton opened the scoring to the cheers of a massive crowd packed into the Servus Sports Centre’s Robert B. Holmes Memorial Arena about nine minutes into the first period. The Wizard Well Servicing Blazers stepped up the pressure following the marker by swarming any G Force Diesel puck handler.
The line of Emily Olson, Keanna Rorke and Erin Bygrove controlled the play throughout the final two stanzas with a net crash 15 minutes into the middle frame by all three Wizard Well Servicing forwards providing maybe their best chance for the tying marker and Thompson’s top example of steadfast goaltending. G Force Diesel left wing Harper Krauss put the game further out of reach a little over 12 minutes into the third period by firing a shot from the side of the net that popped off a defenceman’s back and over Wizard Well Servicing netminder Cody Hillis’ shoulder to make the score 2-0.
“It was a big goal for me,” said Krauss. “This is my last year of peewee and next year I move up to bantam, so I thought make the last couple of minutes count.”
A G Force Diesel too many men penalty shortly after Krauss’ goal helped their opponent quickly regain the momentum. Wizard Well Servicing increased the push with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker in the final two minutes of the third period when they hemmed the G Force Diesel in their own zone and peppered shots on Thompson’s net whenever they found an open lane.
“You always just want to keep them to the outside,” said G Force Diesel defenceman Livia Miller. “They can shoot at any time and the goalie can’t see anything. It’s just lots of luck with the puck bouncing everywhere.”
The G Force Diesel Blazers 2-0 win in the third game of the ECAFHL best-of-three championship final last Wednesday was their second straight victory over Wizard Well Servicing following a 3-2 comeback win on Sunday and 5-4 setback a day earlier.
“I’m a little surprised,” said Thompson. “I thought they were going to win, but we came back and we won. It means a lot because I really wanted it. It’s fun. It’s awesome.”

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