Women out in semis at Humber hockey tournament

by | Nov 23, 2019 | Feature, Headlines, Sports

Kyle Drinnan, Sports Reporter

After an impressive showing in the first round, the semifinals were as far as the Humber Hawks Women’s hockey team could go when they lost to the La Cité Coyotes at the Humber North Tournament.

Both the men’s and women’s extramural teams were at a tournament held at Westwood Arena on Nov. 14 and 15. The women’s team only played one game during its first day but it was an important one. They were the hosts and had a reputation to uphold.

“They are a tough team,” said Canadore Panther’s head coach Quinn Harding. “You want to take them at your best.”

Centre Alyssa Turner stickhandling the puck to get past a Canadore Panthers’ defenseman to shoot at the net. Humber ousted by the La Cité Coyotes. (Kyle Drinnan)

Humber remembered last year when they went all the way to the finals but they fell short.

“They remember what it felt to lose and that is what will drive them this tournament,” said Humber’s head coach Mallory Lawton.

After the first period, the Panthers kept the pressure, but the Hawks got through it and became dominant for the next two periods winning 2-0.

Their second game on Friday morning was against the Boréal Vipers where Humber quickly dominated the Vipers in two periods with a score of 7-0.

La Cité and Laurier University were in the quarter-finals match to decide who would go on to face Humber. Humber’s women watched the match where La Cité- claimed victory and were ready to face the next opponent.

“Every game is redemption. We just want to win as a team and play as hard as we can,” said Hawks forward Brianne Miceli.

The semi-finals match was next.

Both teams were stuck at zero for the first period as both goalies made saves.

In the second period, the Coyotes got the first goal but it was waved off because it was offside. Once the Coyotes got their footing again, they scored again. The Hawks couldn’t fight back as through the second and third periods the Coyotes were stopping every shot. In the end, the Hawks lost 2-0 with the second goal coming from an empty net.

“Our best aspect is that we learn from every game,” Miceli said.

Lawton said he believes the game against the Coyotes is one his players will remember.

“We just couldn’t finish some plays and communication was off in the offensive zone,” he said.

The next extramural hockey tournaments will be hosted by George Brown and Georgian.