The Lillooet Midget Female Pistons were one of six teams in Chase on March 8, 9 and 10, and all of them were there with the same goal, to win the playoff banner for their associations.
The team fought a hard game in its first outing on March 8, facing Penticton without their star goalie, Paige Oike, who wasn’t able to play. Matisan Kelly stepped up to fill in and backstopped the team to a 2-1 victory. Isobel Wolfe had both goals in game one, assisted by Colby Hangle on one and scoring the other unassisted.
Oike was back in the net for game two the next day but the Pistons were still unable to hold off a powerful Kelowna team, which came out ahead with a score of 7-3.
Two of the Lillooet goals were scored by Jessica Albrecht, one without an assist and one with help from Kelly and Chanvre Oleman. The other goal was by Emma Sneep, assisted by Engelbrecht and Wolfe.
Game three, played later that day, also went to the opposing team, with the Pistons scoring three goals to Lumby’s four.
Lillooet’s goals were scored by Kelly, assisted by Ayden Harrison and Engelbrecht; Engelbrecht, unassisted; and Abigail Wolfe, assisted by Harrison and Sneep.
Everything turned around in game four, on March 10, with the team turning in an amazing performance taking on the first-place Kelowna 2 team, and despite Oike being out of the lineup again and using a goaltender from another team, earning a place in the final round with a 4-3 victory.
Goals in this excellent effort were contributed by Engelbrecht, unassisted, and then with help from Wolfe; Kelly, from Engelbrecht and Isobel Wolfe; and Mary Isaac, unassisted.
Lillooet missed first place by a single goal in the final against Kelowna, battling it out through a nail-biting, six-period marathon.
The lone Lillooet goal in the extremely close game came from Engelbrecht, assisted by Isobel Wolfe. That was the first goal of the game and didn’t come until the third period.
Dedicated fans from the Adolph and Humble families made the trip to Chase to cheer on their team.
The Midget Integrated team was on the road last weekend at Regionals in Lumby.