Not Going Down Without A Fight!
By: Kristen Grasse
The Orillia women’s hockey team participated in the Orillia Fall Faceoff tournament Thursday. The tournament is held by Georgian College and Lakehead University. This is the second year that the two universities have collaborated together for men’s and women’s hockey tournament.
In total, Lakehead had three games against Georgian-Orillia, Fanshawe, and Georgian-Barrie. In the first game against Georgian-Orillia, the team started off sluggish. Georgian scored within the first three minutes of the first period. Lakehead was able to turn the play around tying the game up in the second period. Kelly Banks, one of the team’s assistant captains, scored two goals during the game. In the few final seconds, Lakehead was unable to score one more time, bringing the game to a shootout. In the first round, Brianne Martin scored the winning goal. The final score was 3-2 for Lakehead.
Later in the morning, Lakehead faced off against Fanshawe. The women’s team has had difficulties in the past against Fanshawe, and the team was not able to put those challenges in the past throughout the game. It became clear in the third period that Lakehead wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Although Lakehead was not capable to score throughout the game, the women became more aggressive, not allowing Fanshawe to push them around. The final score was 4-0, Fanshawe.
The last game of the day for the Lakehead women was against Georgian-Barrie. The two teams are acquainted rivals, meeting each other almost every week throughout the season. In the first period, the teams pushed against each other, but neither was able to put a point on the scoreboard. It wasn’t until the second period that Georgian was able to score. Eventually, in the third period, Lakehead tied the game up, bringing it to another shootout. In the first round, Brianne Martin and the Georgian player both scored. Another 8 players went, and until the last round, no one was able to score. Georgian-Barrie finished the game with a 2-1 win over Lakehead and moved onto the next game.
Neil Quinn of Lakehead and Vicky Ball of Georgian are the tournament organizers. After numerous months of preparation, they were very satisfied with the conclusion of the day. Neil Quinn claimed, “It was a busy day of competitive hockey. There is a lot of hard work that goes into the preparation and administration of the tournament, however seeing the women compete and enjoy the experience makes it all worthwhile. The partnership would like to thank Debra at Pepsi Co. for their generous donations – they provided Gatorade for each of the players.”
Both Lakehead and Georgian have been taking countless steps in their partnership, in many aspects of academics, athletics, and student leadership opportunities. This tournament put on by both the schools is another positive step in strengthening their partnership.