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11/3-4/12 Durango, CO Wild Turkey Fest Champions!

We made the 6 1/2 hour drive to Durango, CO for the Wild Turkey Fest, and came home with an undefeated Champion Title and a frozen turkey. It’s always fun to play new teams, and there was some challenging competition at this tournament. There were 6 teams attending the tournament. Aside from some ridiculous refs, it was a great tournament and all of the teams were very welcoming and friendly.

Our first game was against the Pueblo Little Ceasars. They had great sportsmanship and were a fun team to play. The skating pace was a little slow this game, but it gave us an opportunity to work our systems and make some great passes and plays. We won.

Our second game was against the Hellcats. This game had a much faster pace and a lot more physical. They had some systems we were unfamiliar with which took some adjusting to counter. Luckily, Suzy is the best goalie in the world and we came out with the win.

Our third game was against the Durango Fury. They were a lot like the Pueblo team, great sportsmanship and so much fun to play. We had a lot of scoring opportunities we were able to take advantage of and we achieved the win again.

Our fourth game, and second day, we played the Pueblo team again. It was very similar to the first game, and we won. It was a good warm up for the Championship game.

Our fifth and last game of the tournament, we were hoping to play the Durango Betties, but they had lost to the Hellcats in overtime the night before, so we ended up playing the Hellcats again. An older and more experienced team, we worked hard and it was a back and forth game. The refs had been calling the game pretty one-sided, and were letting a lot of hits and dirty plays go uncalled. They were even contradicting each other on some rules. Stan tried to clarify which rules were correct, and the refs didn’t like it and threw him off the bench. In the last minute of the game we were down by one and the clock was on run-time. Emily was able to sink a beauty and keep us in the game. We battled through overtime with no goals, bringing it to a shoot-out. What better way for a championship game to end? As stated before, Suzy is the greatest goalie in the world, and we were confident she would stop any challenger. We opted for last shot, and Suzy stopped all 3 of the Hellcats. After two shots we also were scoreless. Jonica and Katie had food poisoning the night before, so Jodi wasn’t sure if Jonica would be alright to shoot, but Suzy called for her from the ice so Jonica stepped on the ice for the last shot. She had a slow approach to the net, but her shot was fast, throwing off the goalie and winning the championship! Deja Vu anyone? How about Boise a year ago vs the Diamonds?

After the game as we attempted to take a group photo the Zamboni driver tried to run us over. Then we wanted to take a picture with Stan, but some ref from the day before had told him he had to leave the entire facility, not just the bench. When Stan refused to leave, because he was only told to leave the bench and was in an entirely different room so as not to influence the game, the idiot ref called the cops and then Stan had to wait outside to hear the outcome of the game and for photos. We got our photos, and no matter how much the refs didn’t like us or Stan we won the championship.

Great job Blades!

10/20/12 Blades vs. Black Diamonds

We had a pretty great game, working a lot of the systems we have been practicing, and it paid off, earning us a 3-1 win.

Nicole scored a great goal faking out the goalie with a deke; assisted by Katie and Krista. Monica scored off a strong rebound from a shot by Emily.  Jodi scored during a power play.

Penalties were served by Dayna, 2 minutes for tripping and 2 minutes for roughing; and by Ellen for tripping.

10/6/12 Blades vs. Wings

We beat the Wings 5-3. They had a short bench and we appreciate them coming for the game anyway. Jodi had a hat trick!

9/30/12 Blades vs. Vixens

Our first game of the season, and we came out with a 3-0 win! We have been working hard at practice, and it really showed. We had strong skating, and were able to see what areas we need to work on. Our new players did a great job, and we are so excited to have them with us!

We had three penalties, and the Vixens had none. Our penalties were: too many men, served by Megan Westbrook; slashing by Krista Hanby; and tripping by Suzy Jessen, goalie, served by Melanie Yakemovic.

We had 28 shots on goal and the Vixens had 13. Our goals were scored by: Allie Bennett on a rebound, assisted by Jonica Rich and Cori Murphy; Cori Murphy scored off a backhand about 15 feet away; and Mindy Bott scored on a rebound, assisted by Jodi Moore.

The Vixens were a great team to play, and as always, win or lose, they were fun and had great sportsmanship. We are so excited for this season!

2012 Ice Breaker Tournament C Champions

Our C team participated in the Ogden Tournament last weekend. We had a tournament total of  22 goals in 4 games! Matz had 2 shut-outs in net, including one in the championship game vs. the Black Diamonds. Some first-time scorers were Karen and Krista. Cori earned a hat-trick. We all played great, and worked hard as a team. It was a great end to the season!

3/3/12 Blades vs. Black Diamonds

We played a tough game against the Diamonds, earning a 4-2 win. Goals were scored by Bree, Emily, Jodi, and Jonica. An interesting twist occurred near the end of the game when a Diamond crashed Suzy  and the ref threw Suzy out of the game. Suzy was our only goalie, so we are not sure if that is even a legal call. Anyway, Jonica grabbed Suzy’s glove, stick, and blocker and stepped in to cover the goal. The team did such a great job that even though the puck remained in our zone for that duration of time, the puck never reached the goal. Great job on the win ladies!

12/9-12/11 Goal Digger, Double Bronze

The Provo Blades participated in the 2011 Goal Digger tournament with a B and C team. We won bronze medals in both divisions. Jodi, you are consistently a medaling coach! Good job, Blades, you worked hard.

12/3/11 Blades vs. Lady Grizzlies

That was a fun game!

The Lady Grizz are young and fast and have been playing for longer than most of our girls. It was a first game ever for some of our girls, and they did a great job and we are proud of them.

We lost the first period, tied the second, and won the third. Unfortunately, they won 2-1. We are eager to play them again and we will be better ready for what to expect and won’t have to spend the whole  first period adjusting our game. Those Grizz girls play a fast-paced game and have great skating and shooting skills.

We scored our goal in the third period. Dayna Koch won a face-off to Allie Bennett in the offensive zone. Under pressure Allie passed the puck back to Dayna who shot on net and put it in. Good job with the team-work ladies!

Blades C vs. Wasatch Wings C 11/19/11

We were up 2-0 in the second period when the Wings were able to get a goal. They made another in the 3rd period tying it up with three minutes left on the clock. The Blades rallied and were able to score a goal in the last few minutes and hold the Wings off until the buzzer even with a penalty kill.

This game was a “first game” for some of the new girls, and they did a fantastic job!

Goals were scored by:

Ellen Spangberg, 1st period 2:47, assisted by Ally Bennett and Megan Westbrook

Jana Weiss, 2nd period 10:00, unassisted

Jonica Rich, 3rd period 2:40, assisted by Amber Merrill and Jana Weiss

Penalties:

Jana Weiss, 3rd period 1:33, tripping

Jana must like her name in the Game Reports, because she was scored a goal, earned an assist, and cost a penalty. Keep it up Jana, except the penalty part.