Girl Power Leads The Warriors With A Little Help From The Boys!
TVIHA has been fortunate to have quite a few girls play hockey out at the rink over the years but that has not always translated to the Warriors Travel Teams for one reason or another. Even now there are only a handful of girls playing on the Warriors but wow are they making an impact.
This past weekend the Western Inline Hockey League (WIHL) held their 2nd event of the year with an event in Corona.
On Saturday the 8U team fresh off their first ever tournament in Irvine a few weeks back captured the "A" division title with a 6-4 win over Bulldogs White from Corona. The team was led by Wellington Hart's 5 goals, the defense of Charlotte Mollman and the goaltending of Rylie McCaffrey. The 12U team fresh off winning the "AA" title 2 weeks ago continued their winning ways with a 7-3 victory over the Corona Bulldogs in the final. Bella Mardesich led the way with a hat trick and strong defense. Substitute Jordyn Bilek got in a pool play game helping the team shutout their opponent. The 16U team after sitting out a few tournaments had to step up and play in the AA division. Although the team lost all of their games they were extremely competitive and with a little better execution and some puck luck they may have pulled out a victory or two.
Sunday saw both of our 14U teams in action. Warriors Black went 3-0-1 on the day capturing the "AA" title with a 3-2 win over HB Notion. Bella Mardesich's goal with 90 seconds left tied the game and her goal with 8 seconds left won the title. Dillon Bilek had 3 assists and substitute goalie Mallory Martinez was a rock in net. The team has won both WIHL events so far this season and it is the teams 5th tournament championship in 6 events. Warriors Red in their second ever tournament did not manage a win however they are getting closer and closer. They lost all 3 pool play games by 2 goals and led their playoff game 1-0 prior to a lengthy delay for a player injury. The team is right there. They are just going to need a little more time. The 10U Warriors were unable to participate in this tournament but newcomer Kira Crisman has already made an impact with a couple of goals.
On a final note the Temecula Warriors & TVIHA are happy to announce that Ethan Schneider is okay after a scary injury into the boards on Sunday. He is sore and has a few bruises but he's already asking about the next tournament. Next up for the teams is the WIHL event in West Covina, March 9 & 10.