No regular goalie was no problem for playoff champion Ravens

Midget C1 team shares crease load with call-ups to capture Pacific Coast title

No regular goalie was no problem for the Richmond Midget C1 Ravens.

The girls hockey team wrapped up a terrific season earlier this month by capturing the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association Female Black Group Playoff title with a 1-0 win over the Tri-Cities Predators.

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The game was fast paced with the teams evenly matched. Richmond got a break midway through the second period to score the game’s only goal

The Ravens finished second in regular season play with a 10-6-1 record then went 5-2-1 in the round-robin playoff format to earn the opportunity to host the banner game at Minoru Arenas. The behind-the-bench duties this season were shared by Rob Jokai and Joel Marcoe after a mid-January coaching change.

The Ravens impressive run came without having a registered goaltender for the entire campaign. Backstopping was at times done by players putting on the goalie gear for regular season play, and for the playoffs, call-ups from Midget C2 and Bantam C1.

“We were very fortunate to be able to call-up goalies. For the playoffs, we had three, and they all played great. One of our goalies was Bantam rostered and Pee Wee aged Kimberly Ho. She played incredible, earning two shutouts during the playoffs,” Jokai stated.

Jaena McGarrigle stepped into the crease for one playoff game and for the final, Bantam aged ringette goalie Tayler Cohen was outstanding in earning the shutout. 

The team was led up front by forwards Megan Jokai, Emma Dubnov, Kaylen Mullin, Sienna Scott, Ainsley Moniz, Ashley Schmidt, Claire Marcoe, Chloe Maher, Lauren Bradshaw and affiliate player Tamara Dee. On the blue line were Asha Virdee, Claire Kerr, Megan Heinrich and captain Paige Pfortmueller. Sidelined due to injuries were Ria Gill and Sophia Uppal.

“This was such a great group, they all got along and played hard. They were a real pleasure to coach,” added Jokai. “Six of our players are graduating and we wish them all the best. Hopefully they will look back at this season with a smile.”

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