The PCI Saints girls hockey team was started in the 2006-07 season after the amalgamation of the city’s two high schools, Portage Collegiate Institute and Arthur Meighen High School. Prior to hitting the ice, school staff and the community rallied together to get the program off the ground. With 17 girls coming out in the fall of 2006 for the first “try-out” sessions, the team was born. With acceptance in the Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League, the team was set for their first season.
And the tally is in! Congratulations to the PCI Saints and the CSHC Huskies who held special events this fall to raise awareness and funding in support of cancer care and research.
First up on October 20, the PCI Saints held a ‘Pink in the Rink’ event for their opening home game against the Beliveau Barracudas. The players dawned pink from head to toe with ribbons in their hair, stickers on their helmets, and pink tape on their socks and sticks. Even the rink was pink for the event. Donations at the door raised $93.00, which was donated to Central Plains Cancer Care.
Later in the month, the CSHC Huskies hit the ice with special pink jerseys during the 2014 CSHC Huskies Hockey Classic Tournament, raising an incredible $1,982.25 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through gate admissions, 50/50 and Pink Hoodie sales. The Huskies also raffled off special Pink Huskies’ jerseys signed by 12 of the Winnipeg Jets.
CTV Division: Congratulations to VMC Trojans’ Korianna Soroka who personified fire on ice this week helping her team defeat the CSHC Huskies 7-2. Korianna scored two goals, and her never ending power skating created several turnovers and many other scoring opportunities.
WFP Division: Congratulations to PCI Saints Kylee Nelson, who was on top of her game as she scored 2 goals and added an assist in helping her team beat the Shaftesbury Titans 6-3. Kylee was also instrumental in her teams 3-1 victory over the Miles Mac Buckeyes with her ferocious back and fore checking.
CTV Division A: Congratulations to Kelvin Clippers’ Carlyn Allary, who was strong on the puck all game, and who put in a great one-person effort to set up a game tying goal against the FRC Centurions.
Winnipeg Free Press Division B: Congratulations to PCI Saints’ Bailey Grantham, who worked very hard all game and contributed to her team’s 6 – 5 victory over the Beliveau Barracudas with a goal and an assist.
CTV Division A: Congratulations to the St. Mary’s Flames’ Holly Reuther who was on fire as she scored 1 goal in a 3-0 victory over the SJR Eagles . Two days later, Hollynotched 3 goals and one assist in defeating the River East Kodiaks 6-3.
Winnipeg Free Press Division B: Congratulations to the PCI Saints’ Sarah Thomson for her outstanding effort this week. Sarah scored one goal and dominated the ice helping to secure a thrilling 2-1 victory over the CLC Scorpions.
Shay Perry of the PCI Saints hockey team is this week’s Home Run Sports Urban High School athlete of the week.
This 5’6” goalie has been excelling between the pipes this season for the Saints. After 12 games she has a 1.28 GAA, .946 save % with 8 wins, 3 loses, 1 tie and 3 shut outs. Coach Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie states, “Shay gives her team a chance to win every game she is in net. She makes the easy saves and makes the harder saves look easy”.
In grade 12, she maintains an average of 71% and also competes in badminton.
CTV Division A Congratulations to PCI Saints # 11 Nicole Laramee who scored 2 goals in her teams hard fought 3-2 victory over the VMC Trojans this week. This play-off caliber games saw both teams play with intensity right down to the final horn.
Winnipeg Free Press Division B Congratulations to CLC Scorpions #4 Nicole Levasseur who played a pivotal role in her team’s 4-2 victory over the CJS Olympiens this week, scoring 2 unassisted back-to-back goals.
CTV Division A Goalie Shay Perry of the PCI Saints was rock solid this week as she stonewalled the St Mary’s Flames 1-0 by stopping all 35 shots including 2 breakaways. Two days later, Shay blanked the Oak Park Raiders in a 0-0 tie despite being outplayed. Congratulations Shay on a truly remarkable performance.
Winnipeg Free Press Division B Once again a goalie takes the spotlight as River East Kodiak’s Sydne Valiquette proved to be the game breaker, stopping 45 shots securing her team’s 4-3 victory over the Sturgeon Heights Huskies. Congratulations Sydne on a stellar performance.
CTV Division: CTV Division A Player of the Week is the PCI Saints Deann DeGraeve who scored two goals in leading her team to a thrilling win over last year’s champions Oak Park Raiders. An impressive winger, Deann scored her second and winning goal with less then 3 minutes remaining in a fast and furious end to end game.
Winnipeg Free Press Division: Winnipeg Free Press Division B Player of the Week is West Kildonan’s Christine Johnson who out-performed several athletes, setting up and assisting goals, and shutting down the River East offensive effort in a 9 to 1 win over the Kodiaks.
In the Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League, PCI Saints were dumped 5-0 by Vincent Massey. Coach Joanne Clarke-Gillespie says the team’s effort level wasn’t as high as last Monday, when they beat Lord Lelkirk. She admits everyone on the team, from the coaches down, is frustrated. Clarke-Gillespie hopes what happened last night is something the team uses to get better. Clarke-Gillespie adds they’ll focus the rest of the week preparing for the Sturgeon Heights touranament, which starts Thursday at the MTS Ice-plex.