• Diva Goalie Michelle Hatton lets no puck past her in 4 games
By Sean Pearson
The Homer Women’s Hockey League took three teams to Anchorage last weekend to compete in the 13th-Annual Fools-On-Ice Tournament. Coached by Buck Laukitis, Dean Kildaw, Steve Nevak and Chris Owen, the Divas won the Intermediate Division, took second in the Advance Beginner Division and third in the Novice Division. All three Homer goalies picked up shutouts, with goalie Michelle Hatton playing the entire tournament without letting a single puck in.
The Beluga Lake Lodge Divas defended their 2012 title in the Intermediate Division with a merciless 5-0 thrashing of the Anchorage Black Ops in game one.
The game got off to a slow start, with neither team scoring in the first period. Andrea Stineff changed that in the second, punching one in early in the period. E.B. Brown and Anna Dickerson followed her lead with a goal apiece, while Karen Weston scored twice. Goalie Michelle Hatton had her first shutout.
The B’lodge Divas took on Northern Powerline in game two. The scrappy team sent Divas Jesse Cashman and Shelly Laukitis to the penalty box. In a close game, Homer took the lead late in first period on a Jessie Dullinger breakaway. The score remained 1-0 until the third period, when Andrea Stineff and Jessi Dullinger both scored off face-offs in the zone. Dickerson sealed the deal for the Divas, grabbing a goal in the last few minutes for a 4-0 finish.
Hatton had her second shutout.
The B’lodge Divas faced off against long-time rival Kodiak in the third game. It would be a tough one. Kristen Brown drew first blood for the Divas, scoring on a top-shelf, backdoor shot in the first period. The score remained 1-0 until late in the third period, when Dullinger, Dickerson and Kris Holderied all found the net within minutes of each other. That took the score to 4-0, and sent Homer to the championship game on Sunday.
Hatton shutout tally: three.
Undefeated, the Divas took the lead in Sunday’s title game, and never looked back. Brown once again started the scoring with a breakaway top-shelf goal in the first, while Holderied found the net through the backdoor for a second goal.
Dullinger, Stineff and Dickerson each added a goal to give Homer the 5-0 victory and 2013 title.
And goalie Michelle Hatton picked up her fourth perfect game of the tourney.
The Salty Dawg Divas played in the novice division, and faced the Anchorage Goaldiggers in their first game.
Cissy Rockett got the scoring underway for the Dawg Divas with a goal in the first period. Lydia Brown followed, scoring off a rebound. The Goaldiggers snuck one through during some Diva confusion in the crease, but Homer hung on for the 2-1 win. In game two, Anchorage YWCA took an early lead in the first period and held it until the last two minutes of the game. Dawg Sherry Stead got a glorious backdoor shot on net, ending the game in a 1-1 tie.
Homer fell 0-4 against the Alaska Ambush from Soldotna, eliminating the Divas from the championship bracket.
Homer faced the Goaldiggers again in the consolation game, and picked up a solid 2-0 win. Divas Angelina Skowronski and Syverine Abrahamson each notched a goal in the contest, and goalie Julie Hinkle got the shutout. The Dawg Divas finished with a third-place finish in the novice division of the tournament.
The Homer’s Jeans Divas played in the Advanced Beginner Division, and hit the ice with scoring on their minds. The Jeans Divas kicked off the tournament with a 7-0 win over Healy Coal Queens. Homer’s Ori Badajos scored four goals and was selected most valuable player of the game. Hannah Johnson, Sue Rennolds and Ingrid Harrald each scored, and Diva goalie Lydia Brown picked up her first of three shut outs.
Quite unlike their opening debut, the Divas took last year’s champion, the Anchorage Hockey Nuts, to a nail-biting finish in game two. With neither team scoring in the first period, Rennolds was able to find the back of the net in the second to give Homer a 1-0 lead and victory.
Diva Gird Harrald said teammate Tracey Tillion “showed her incredible defensive skills by stopping a breakaway shot after losing her stick.”
The Homer’s Jeans Divas grabbed a healthy lead early in their third game. They played Anchorage’s Champions Choice, and picked up two goals from Badajos. Deb Moseley, Leslie Mastick and Di Carbonell each added a goal, ending the contest with a 5-0 Homer win and a third shutout for Brown.
“Cinda Martin shot on net so hard, she broke a player’s stick,” Harrald said.
The Divas saw the Hockey Nuts again in the championship game.
“They came out strong and finally scored on Lydia late in the first period,” Harrald said. “But Deb Mosely stepped it up and tied the game.”
Mosely scored late in the second period, tying the score at one and sending the game into sudden death overtime.
“We actually dominated play, but just couldn’t find the twine,” Harrald said.
With a minute left in overtime, the Hockey Nuts punched one in. The game ended 2-1, and the Divas had to settle for second place in their division.
Goalies: Lydia Brown, Michelle Hatton, Julie Hinkle.
Forwards: Ori Badajos, Andrea Stinneff, Kris Holderied, Karen Weston, Syverine Abrahamson.
Defense: Cissy Rockett, Em Otis, Tracey Tillion, Jessi Dullinger.
The Divas also won the “party match” for all three divisions in a close match against the Soldotna Ambush. Party MVPs were Dean Kildaw, Chris Owen and Steve Nevak.
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