The Kodiak Storm thumped the Anchorage-based MTA squad 4-1 to win the advanced beginner division title of the Alaska Fools on Ice Women’s Hockey Tournament at the Subway Sports Centre in Anchorage.
The win was even more satisfying since MTA handed the Storm their only pool play loss, a 4-2 defeat on Saturday.
“It was a pretty physical game, probably the most physical game that we had,” team member Heather Norton said. “It was a lot of fun — it was hockey.”
Tonya Wood, Heather Finkle, Olivia Brito and Tammy Hocum scored Kodiak’s goals in a game in which the Storm never trailed.
Norton described Brito’s goal as an ESPN “SportsCenter” Top 10 play. Brito scored on a breakaway up the middle and put the puck right between the goalie’s legs.
The only problem was that she couldn’t slow down and ended up jumping over the goalie and into the net.
“We told her you don’t get two points for that one,” Norton said.
The Storm advanced to the championship game by going 2-1 in pool play. The team beat a squad from Healy 6-0 and Anchorage-based Bilan Chiropractic 5-1.
Sally Skimin scored a pair of goals against Bilan, while Angie Chervenak scored her first goal in her 10-year career.
“She finally ended the drought and it was a beautiful goal,” said Norton, one of 10 members still left from the 2011 team that won a Fools on Ice title.
The squad of 13 ladies, whose average age is in the 40s, spent the entire winter practicing for this tournament. However, the team had not been on ice for nearly two weeks because of the closure of the Baranof Park Ice Rink.
“We were a little nervous to see if we had our legs … I guess we did OK,” Norton said.
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