Monday, February 22, 2016
The 2015-2016 Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) regular season is in the books, and the playoff matchups have been determined. The #1 Greater Vancouver Comets (23-4-3) and #2 Northern Capitals (21-6-3) will receive first-round byes, while the Kootenay Wild will face the Thompson-Okanagan Lakers and the Vancouver Island Seals will host the Fraser Valley Rush.
#3 Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (15-9-6) vs. #6 Kootenay Wild (3-26-1)
Game 1: February 26, 5:00PM, Priest Valley Arena
Game 2: February 27, 4:45PM, Kal Tire Place
Game 3: February 28, 1:00PM, Kal Tire Place*
The Lakers will host the Wild in Vernon for a three (3) game series. The Lakers took the regular season series 6-0, led by the solid goaltending tandem of Sydney Carter and Kendra Woodland. The Lakers’ regular-season scoring leader, Jenna Fletcher, will look to add to her current point totals of 18 goals and eight (8) assists. The Wild struggled to find offense this season, with their leading scorer Emma Wheeldon tallying five (5) goals and six (6) assists for 11 points over the course of the season.
#4 Vancouver Island Seals (12-16-2) vs. #5 Fraser Valley Rush (7-20-3)
Game 1: February 26, 5:45PM, Strathcona Gardens
Game 2: February 27, 2:45PM, Strathcona Gardens
Game 3: February 28, 10:00AM, Strathcona Gardens*
The Rush will head to Campbell River for the three (3) game quarterfinal series. The Seals won the regular season series with a 4-1-1 record, with Jaydlin Spooner and Hailey Martens sharing the workload in net. For the Rush, Danielle Wierenga and Cassie Shokar have been between the posts. The Rush have a trio of forwards capable of scoring, with Amanda Pollock (8G, 6A), Sarah Merx (5G, 6A), and Madaleine Ericsson (5G, 6A) leading their offense. The Seals could prove to be even more dangerous, with forwards Brittney Savard (12G, 12A), Payton Bray (6G, 8A), Lexxi Smith (5G, 7A), and Erica Pierce (6G, 5A) leading the charge on offense. Rookie defenseman Maryna MacDonald has also provided a solid presence from the blue line, recording five (5) goals and 12 assists for a total of 17 points.
The two (2) winning teams will move on to the semifinals, taking place March 4 – 6, 2016. The highest-ranked winning team will go on to play the #2 Northern Capitals in Prince George, while the second-ranked winning team will face off against the #1 Greater Vancouver Comets in Coquitlam.
The FMAAA Championship series will take place March 18 – 20, 2016. The FMAAA champion will take on the champion of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League (AMMFHL) from April 1 – 3, 2016 in the Pacific Midget Female Regionals for the right to represent the Pacific region at the 2016 ESSO Cup.
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams that are spread across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush (Langley), Greater Vancouver Comets (Coquitlam), Kootenay Wild (Nelson), Northern Capitals (Prince George), Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (Vernon), and Vancouver Island Seals (Campbell River). The teams play a 30 game regular season, followed by the playoffs. The FMAAA Champion has the opportunity to compete for the ESSO Cup, Hockey Canada's National Female Midget Championship, which will take place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan from April 19 - 25, 2016.
The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The league has had nearly 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.